No current workplace outbreaks in CK

A microbiologist performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus. (Photo by Tom Wolf from Flickr)

The public health unit in Chatham-Kent is reporting all area workplace outbreaks are resolved but there’s one local person in the hospital with COVID-19.

On Tuesday afternoon, CK Public Health reported one new case of COVID-19, one recovered case, one person in the hospital recovering from the novel coronavirus, and that two workplace outbreaks are no longer in effect. Active cases in Chatham-Kent remain at 14.

Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby said one resident who tested positive has been hospitalized but not at a local hospital.

“That patient is in Middlesex-London at LHSC and we don’t know all of the details of that one case but we were notified by the London Middlesex Health Unit that one of our residents was in the hospital there and they do give us updates every now and then,” said Colby. “Compared to how we were a month ago or three weeks ago, that’s fantastic news. All of our outbreaks are over with. So, we have no active outbreaks and 344 people recovered.”

Colby said there currently aren’t any outbreaks in Chatham-Kent and the cases coming in are through close or family contact, not community spread.

“We do not have that issue in Chatham-Kent as of yet and hopefully all of the preventative measures that have come into place with Phase 3 and especially the physical distancing that I always harp on, that’s the way to prevent that kind of spread,” he added.

Colby said it’s great to see the number of active cases go down and he hopes that trend continues. There has been a total of 360 COVID-19 cases, 344 recoveries, and two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus across Chatham-Kent since the pandemic started in mid-March.