Another family loses loved one to COVID-19

File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / sergunt

COVID-19 has claimed the life of a young woman in Chatham-Kent.

Chatham-Kent Public Health reported the latest death linked to the virus on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of local residents who have died from COVID-19 to 23.

Jeff Moco of the health unit’s communications team said the woman in her 30s passed away at London Health Sciences Centre. It’s unknown if she was vaccinated against the virus.

The public health unit also reported 65 active cases after listing four new cases and six resolved cases.

The number of outbreaks stands at four with a total of 23 cases between them. Two unidentified workplaces have 12 cases, an unidentified congregate living setting has eight cases, and Kids Connection Daycare in Chatham has three cases.

Chatham-Kent has also finally reached a significant mark in the battle to get people vaccinated against the virus. Public health officials said 80 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine and 85 per cent have at least one shot. The percentage of local people fully vaccinated was stuck in the high 70s for several months.

The number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital in Chatham is also staying low. On Wednesday morning, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance reported three residents are being treated but none is on a ventilator.