More public COVID-19 questions to be answered Friday

Mayor Darrin Canniff, Dr. David Colby and CAO Don Shropshire during a Facebook live stream on March 24, 2020 (Screengrab via Municipality of Chatham-Kent Facebook)

Top officials in Chatham-Kent are once again hosting a live information session on Facebook to update the public about the COVID-19 outbreak and answer questions from the public.

Mayor Darrin Canniff, Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby, CAO Don Shropshire, and hospital CEO Lori Marshall will participate in a second online COVID-19 question and answer session via Facebook Live on Friday starting at noon.

The meeting will be live-streamed through the municipality’s Facebook page at where viewers will be able to submit questions through Facebook as the event unfolds. Viewers will be also able to view the session on the Facebook site once it concludes.

Mayor Canniff said the session allows residents direct access to those in positions of authority as the community deals with the pandemic.

“It’s important for the community to be able to ask questions about the situation and how we’re responding to it,” he said. “The media has done a great job of keeping the public informed and this is one more way for us to accomplish that important goal.”

The municipality said the first session held March 24 session had more than 600 participants at its peak and has been viewed more than 13,000 times on the Chatham-Kent Facebook site.

Anyone wanting to submit a question in advance can email

“We will be taking live questions as well as those submitted in advance,” the mayor said. “We will get to as many as we can during the live session and municipal staff will be reviewing unanswered questions once the session has concluded.”

The mayor added similar questions already answered earlier in the session may not be repeated.