COVID-19 cases falling in Chatham-Kent

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent continues to drop.

Four new cases were reported Tuesday by the local public health unit, but there were also 17 resolved cases, so the active case count dropped from 70 to 57.

But Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health doesn’t expect to see a surge in cases locally related to Thanksgiving.

“We have seen some cases traced to Thanksgiving gatherings already,” said Dr. David Colby. “I’m hoping that there’s not going to be a landslide, and I would of expected more by now if it was going to be a landslide. So I don’t think we are going to see a huge surge with regard to that. A lot of people made the decision that they wanted to have vaccinated people as guests in their home, and that’s going to cut it down tremendously.”

Dr. Colby is more concerned about people who haven’t been vaccinated because they don’t think the COVID-19 vaccine will protect them because it’s not perfect.

“The vaccine protects you very, very well against infection, and very, very, very well against getting severely ill. We seldom see vaccinated people sick enough to need admission to hospital.”

There is also one new COVID-19 outbreak in Chatham-Kent at an unnamed workplace. That brings the number of outbreaks locally to four. The number of people in hospital at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance with the virus remains steady at three.