Number of active COVID-19 cases falling in Chatham-Kent

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

The COVID-19 situation in Chatham-Kent is going in the right direction after another drop in active cases on Wednesday and the end of two outbreaks.

The number of active cases in Chatham-Kent has gone from 108 exactly three weeks ago down to 35 as of Wednesday. Chatham-Kent Public Health reported active cases fell to 35 after three new cases and 11 resolved cases. The health unit also said a workplace outbreak and an outbreak at Hudson Manor Retirement Home in Tilbury were declared over. The Hudson Manor outbreak was declared on March 23 and reached a total of three cases.

That leaves three outbreaks to be resolved — a workplace outbreak and two school outbreaks at A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg and Ursuline College Catholic Secondary School in Chatham. Public health officials said there are three active cases in the schools and zero active cases in the workplace outbreak even though that outbreak hasn’t been officially declared over.

The number of cases involving COVID-19 variants and related mutations continues to be 100. There are also no new deaths or new Chatham-Kent residents in the Chatham hospital with the virus.

Walpole Island First Nation has six active cases and three deaths.

On Wednesday morning, the local health unit reported almost 27,300 doses of the vaccine have been administered by public health and just over 25,800 people have at least one dose given by public health.

Walpole Island is starting to offer second doses. Council is asking First Nation community members who got their Pfizer shot on March 5 and 6 to call the health centre at 519-627-0765 to schedule their second dose.