Number of active COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent on the decline

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent is on the decline.

In the last two weeks, the number of active cases has fallen by more than 40 percent, leaving the number of active cases to 80, as of January 21.

The 80 active cases include 52 tied to close contact with other cases, 13 with an unknown cause, four with information pending and three in Chatham-Kent residents at an institutional outbreak not in Chatham-Kent.

According to Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, while 80 is still higher than what he wants it to be, he is pleased it is moving in the right direction.

“I am pleased that our number of active cases is very significantly dropping, which means that more patients are recovering than are arising as new cases,” said Colby. “We’ll just continue to monitor this.”

In total, Chatham-Kent’s cumulative Covid-19 case total rose to 1,046.

The region’s six active workplace outbreaks had a total of eight active cases in Chatham-Kent residents as of January 21.

“The workplace outbreaks are, by and large, very small and have been contained very fast,” said Colby. “They’re not large outbreaks. I think that’s important for the public to know.”

The outbreak at the Wallaceburg Walmart, where five employees tested positive, has not spread to customers, said Colby. He added they did mass testing of almost all the employees at Walmart and had no further positives.

“There are no cases from the community that we could trace to that environment whatsoever,” said Colby. “We’re looking forward to declaring this outbreak over very, very soon.”

As of January 21, five Chatham-Kent residents have died of COVID-19.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News