Chatham hospital under another COVID-19 outbreak

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Another COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Chatham hospital.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) reported the outbreak on the Medicine B Unit on Friday afternoon with four cases.

CKHA’s Medicine A Unit also remains in active outbreak with 17 cases.

An outbreak in the Complex Continuing Care Unit (CCCU) on the fourth floor in Chatham was declared over on Thursday.

“CK Public Health will work closely with CKHA to manage the outbreak within the Medicine B Unit and will continue to work in consultation until the outbreak is declared over,” wrote CKHA in a statement. “As part of CKHA’s pandemic response action plan and in alignment with the hospital’s infection prevention and control guidelines, a number of additional initiatives have been implemented in response to the outbreak on the Medicine B Unit and Medicine A Unit. CKHA will continue following these measures until Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health rescinds the outbreak order.”

CKHA said it has taken decisive and immediate action since the onset of this pandemic with the ever-evolving dynamics of COVID-19.

Hospital officials said the safety of staff, physicians, patients, care partners, visitors and the community at large, has and will remain the top priority.

CKHA is also reminding the community that the hospital remains a safe place to receive care and to call 911 or go to the emergency department if you are experiencing an emergency.