COVID-19 case in unvaccinated person triggers outbreak in Tilbury

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An individual who was not vaccinated against COVID-19 has tested positive for the virus, sending a retirement home in Tilbury into outbreak.

The Chatham-Public Health Unit declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Hudson Manor on Tuesday and reported the positive case on Wednesday.

Jeff Moco of the public health unit’s communication team confirmed that the person who tested positive had not been vaccinated, but said more details can’t be made public because of privacy concerns. Hudson Manor General Manager Jan Miller said her staff is working “very closely” with public health officials during this time and following all of their protocols.

The outbreaks at A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg and an unidentified place of worship in the area continue. To date, the school has five student cases and at one point had about 50 people isolating at home.The Lambton-Kent District School Board is also reporting two student cases and one staff case at Wallaceburg District Secondary School.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board said there are two student cases at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School and two student cases at Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School, where one class has been closed.

The local public health unit also reported 12 new cases and eight resolved cases on Wednesday. The total number of active cases in Chatham-Kent is now up to 108. The number of those who have died of COVID-19 locally over the past year remains at 10 and one local person remains in the hospital with the virus.

Walpole Island First Nation is up to 28 active cases after seven new cases and one resolved case were reported on Wednesday.