CK sees slight jump in COVID-19 cases

A woman is given a nasal swab test for COVID-19. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / dolgachov

Health officials in Chatham-Kent are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

On Monday morning, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit logged eight new cases of the virus. In addition, no new recoveries were recorded, bringing the active case count up to 14.

Overall, 1,911 cases have been recorded in Chatham-Kent since the pandemic started. Meanwhile, 17 people have passed away from the virus in the municipality, a figure that hasn’t changed since June 10, and 1,880 have recovered.

According to the local health unit, 50 per cent of Chatham-Kent youths aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 30 per cent have received both doses.

That number continues to slowly climb. In mid-June, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health expressed concern that only 44 per cent of youth in Chatham-Kent had received one dose of a vaccine at that point.

Meanwhile, 76 per cent of Chatham-Kent residents over the age of 18 have received at least one dose and 66 per cent are fully vaccinated.

As of Monday morning, a total of 126,397 doses have been administered in Chatham-Kent. The health unit reported that 1,149 doses were given out over the weekend, 102 of which were first doses and 1,047 were second doses.

Across Ontario, provincial health officials logged 119 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The province has reported fewer than 200 cases for 18 straight days.

Just over 80 per cent of Ontario residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 66.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.