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Media Release-CK Public Health-April 4 @ 13:30

CK Public Health confirms first death due to COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent.

CK Public Health has been notified of a death due to COVID-19. The individual, a woman in her 80s, is the first known death in Chatham-Kent due to COVID-19. The woman was being treated at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance since March 16th.

“We are very saddened by this news and are offering our sincere condolences to the family and those close to the individual” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health.

“Tragically, this news further highlights just how important it is for us to work together as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now is the time to think about protecting yourself, but also protecting those around you” reminds Dr. Colby.

CK Public Health asks residents to continue to follow good public health practices to stop the spread of COVID-19, including:
• Practice physical distancing by staying home except for essential reasons and do not have visitors to your home;
• When out for essential reasons, keep 2-metres (or 2 arm lengths) from others;
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if unable to use soap and water;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
• Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

For more information about COVID-19, residents are asked to visit http://www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900. Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Media Release-April 1 @ 11:30

Chatham-Kent Launches Covid-19 Enforcement Violation Phone and Email Line

On March 24th the Ontario government issued new emergency orders prohibiting the operation of non-essential businesses and organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. The government has also closed outdoor recreational amenities.

Chatham-Kent residents who have concerns about non-essential businesses, use of public playgrounds or social gatherings of more than five people can now report their concerns via phone or email.

To report a concern, individuals can call 519-360-1998, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email Covid19enforcement@chatham-kent.ca.

John Norton, General Manager of Community Development stated, "Our hope is that there are minimal calls into the line as people are obeying the orders which help protect their own and others' health". Norton continued to say that, "But in the event this is not happening, Enforcement Officers will have the ability to lay fines to ensure compliance of the Provincial and Municipal closures". 

Emails and/or calls that will be investigated through this line include concerns related to:

  • Non-essential businesses that are not closed
  • Use of all municipally-owned playground equipment including publicly owned basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas, dog parks, community gardens, park shelters and BMX and skate parks, Social gatherings where there are more than five people (An exception has been made for funerals which are allowed to take place with up to 10 people in attendance)

CK Public Health has made a full list of closures available at https://ckphu.com/covid-19/closure-updates/

Chief Conn, Chatham-Kent's Chief of Police was pleased to learn that the enforcement email and phone line will be opening, as it is critical that people do not call 9-1-1 so that it is kept free for emergencies.

Further details regarding the Government of Ontario's mandatory orders can be found in these following links.

Media Release-CK Public Health-March 31 @ 13:35

Two more Chatham-Kent residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

One male, aged 45 and one female, aged 43, at the request of CK Public Health officials were already isolating at their home before the test results were obtained. CK Public Health has connected with close contacts to these individuals and they have begun their 14 day self isolation.

There are now 8 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, including one newly resolved.

“There should be no more guesswork when it comes to what is expected of residents, states Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby. The fate of our community, especially our most vulnerable citizens is quite literally in our hands. What you choose to do, or choose not to do matters greatly. Make the right choices.”

As confirmed cases may begin to increase across the community, official news releases will no longer be sent out. Rather, residents are asked to visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 for the most accurate, up-to-date information. Residents who are unable to access the web, can call 519-355-1071 X 1900.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call CK Public Health at 519-355-1071 EXT 1900.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 

Media Release-CK Public Health-March 30 @ 18:00

Chatham-Kent's First COVID-19 Case Makes Full Recovery

 
 

Chatham-Kent’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, a male in his 50’s, has made a full recovery.

The individual had returned home from a cruise prior to the federal Quarantine Act for returning travellers was invoked, and tested positive for the virus shortly after. 


“He has done wonderfully," states Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health. "He has satisfied every quarantine measure that was put in place to prevent the spread of the infection.”

Dr. Colby commended the individual for his high level of cooperation throughout the entire process.

“When positive cases are confirmed, we work with the patient to conduct contact tracing, as well as those close to them to ensure they are absolutely clear on the measures in place to protect themselves and others. It was very obvious that this patient, in particular, was very committed to doing anything and everything asked of him.”

This marks Chatham-Kent’s first recovered case. Five more confirmed cases remain in isolation.

For more information regarding COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact CK Public Health’s COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 X 1900 or covid19@chatham-kent.ca. You can also visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province is continuing to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 

Media Release from CK Public Health-March 29 @ 13:30

Local and Provincial Measures Extended

Yesterday, based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government issued a new emergency order, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. This order does not apply to gatherings of members of a single household. 

Organized public events include parades, weddings, all kinds of social gatherings and services of worship. An exception has been made for funerals which are allowed to take place with up to 10 people in attendance. 

In light of this new directive, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby is extending the local list of bans and closures to include both BMX and skate parks, effective immediately. 

“These increased measures are taking place to ensure physical distancing across our community, said Colby. Simply put, you should not be within 2 metres of someone who does not live within your household.” 

For a full list of closures, and all other information pertaining to COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19. You can also visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province is continuing to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Media Release from CK Public Health-March 28 @ 16:30

Two more Chatham-Kent residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Both cases, although unrelated, are associated with travel.

One male, aged 38, is hospitalized in stable condition after returning from the US on March 15th.

A second male, aged 66, is self-isolating at home after coming into close contact with a visitor from Italy on March 14th. CK Public Health officials are connecting with close contacts of these cases. The contacts are being directed to self-isolate for 14 days.

CK Public Health continues to stress the importance of practicing social distancing, following good hand hygiene, and avoiding all unnecessary trips outside of your home.

There are now 6 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent. For the most up to date, local information visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call CK Public Health at 519-355-1071 EXT 1900.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


Media Release from CK Public Health-March 27 @ 11:30

Two more Chatham-Kent residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Both males, aged 40 and 45 years old, are self-isolating at their homes. CK Public Health is connecting with close contacts of these cases. The contacts will be directed to self-isolate for 14 days. Public Health is unable to connect these two new cases to travel outside of Canada.

"An increase in positive cases was not unexpected," explains Chatham-Kent's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby. "Our goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We need all Chatham-Kent residents and businesses to do their part. Please continue to practice social distancing, follow good hand hygiene, and avoid unnecessary trips outside of your home.

Chatham-Kent now has 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19. For the most up to date, local information visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19, call the intake line at 519.355.1071 EXT 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca

Media Release from CK Public Health-March 27 @ 7:00

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the community, Chatham-Kent's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby is ordering the closure of all city-owned playground equipment until further notice. This direction includes publicly owned basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas and outdoor exercise equipment.

"It is very difficult to enforce physical distancing amongst youth, and it becomes increasingly difficult to do so at these locations" states Dr. Colby.

A safety warning sign will be posted at closed locations to further alert the public of the closures.

CK Public Health reminds people who choose to visit municipal trails or green spaces to keep at least 2 metres between themselves and others, to take necessary precautions such as washing their hands before and after visiting, and to cough/sneeze into a disposable tissue or their elbow. As always, people should not leave home if they are feeling ill.

Anyone with additional questions related to COVID-19 is asked to visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19, call the intake line at 519.355.1071 EXT 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca


Media Release from CK Public Health-March 26 @ 15:30

Yesterday, an employee of a Chatham-Kent workplace was reported to be positive for COVID-19. The workplace notified their staff immediately and closed the building.

CK Public Health has received a number of questions about why this case was not made public and why the number of local cases was not adjusted.

"The employee is not a resident of Chatham-Kent, and therefore, the case is not reflected in our local numbers," explained Dr. Colby. 

In Ontario, confirmed positive test results are sent to the local health unit where the individual lives.

"When we are notified about a positive test result, we immediately begin the contact tracing process for that case, making sure that anyone in Chatham-Kent who has come into close contact with the individual is notified and directed to self-isolate for 14 days" says Colby." Any time a Chatham-Kent resident tests positive for COVID-19, that information is shared with the public by CK Public Health.  

"Once contact tracing begins, we begin the process of informing the community. At this point, with total confirmed cases still low, we are able to develop a media release to accompany each confirmed case," says Caress Lee Carpenter, Public Relations Officer for the organization. The media release is shared following our usual processes. The information is shared widely on each of our of social media platforms, and immediate updates are made to our CK Public Health COVID-19 webpage"

Anyone with additional questions related to COVID-19 are asked to call the intake line at 519.355.1071 EXT 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca.


Update from Four Counties Transportation-March 24 @ 11:05

Ward 3 residents please be advised that Four Counties Transportation will be suspended until further notice, effective today at 5 PM. Services were originally intended to continue for the remainder of the week."


Update from Waste & Recycling Services-March 24 @ 9:15

  • Regular curbside collection will continue as scheduled.
  • Chatham-Kent is asking residents to follow best practises in terms of how they handle their garbage in order to eliminate litter and more importantly protect neighbours and waste collection workers from contracting COVID-19.  The Municipality is reminding everyone to place all used tissues and napkins in sealed bags or boxes before placing them in a toter cart.  For those that do not have a toter cart, please ensure all garbage is placed in tied garbage bags rather than leaving it loose in boxes, garbage cans etc.
  • Anyone who is sick should put all items that came in contact with their mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage.  That includes some blue box items such as water bottles and juice bottles etc.  It is critical that material is free of contamination items like liquids, food waste and non-acceptable items.  Tissues, paper towel and napkins are strictly prohibited in the recycling program and these items need to be placed in a tied garbage bag or the recycling will be left uncollected.
  • Municipal and Waste Connections officials say this will help keep neighbours and garbage collection crews healthy.  Remember that collection crews handle thousands of toter carts, bags and recycling boxes every week.

Update from Four Counties Transportation-March 23 @ 14:30

Effective Friday, March 27th at 5 PM, Four Counties Transportation will be suspended until further notice.

Update from Provincial Offences Court-March 23 @ 9:15

In an effort to protect our employees and the public and to help prevent the spread of COVID 19, we are CLOSING our office to the public.  However, staff are still working and are available to answer your questions by phone or e-mail.

Here are the steps you should follow:

1.      Call our office at 519-352-8484 between 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2.      E-mail us at CKpoc@chatham-kent.ca

 3.      Fax us at 519-352-7979

4.      Requests for trials and payments (except for cash) you can leave in the drop box by the front door.

5.     Signed documents can be left in the drop box at the front door, faxed, e-mailed, or mailed.

 6.      Payments can be mailed or we will take credit card payments over the phone, or you can pay at www.paytickets.ca  (not debit/credit cards)

7.      NOTE:  All timelines have been extended until May 29, 2020 by Order of the Chief Justice of the OCJ.  This means that you will NOT be noted in default if you do not pay your fine or request a trial within 15 days.   Also if you have already been convicted and have received a Notice of Fine and Due Date, we will not be suspending your licence or sending your matter to the collection agency during this time.


Media Release-March 19 @ 19:20

Municipal Centres in Blenheim, Chatham (Civic Centre), Chatham ServiceOntario, Dresden (including ServiceOntario), Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg; Municipal Information Desks in Bothwell, Thamesville and Wheatley; and Park Avenue Business Centre in Chatham will be closed to the public until further notice.

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers requesting urgent municipal services or information are required to call 519-360-1998 or email ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca for priority triage and appointments at the Chatham Municipal Centre (Civic Centre) and the Chatham ServiceOntario office.   Only a few essential services will be deemed urgent and scheduled for in-person appointments with our customer service team.

For inquiries regarding phone payments for permits, dog tag licenses or for information about our services available on-line, please call 519-360-1998 or email ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca. We will continue to provide service updates on social media and the municipal website www.chatham-kent.ca.  The municipal call centre continues to operate normal business hours from Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Customers that pre-schedule an appointment to access urgent services at the Civic Centre or Chatham ServiceOntario, can expect to receive screening at the entrance of the facilities upon arrival. The screening process will include a few questions pertaining to recent travel, current health symptoms, and quarantine directives to determine whether our team can provide you in-person services.

The implementation of this process is to increase safety measures for municipal employees and to you, our valued visitors and customers.  If attending an appointment at one of the two facilities, please ensure to practise social distancing of the minimum 2 metres from one another. 

The municipality continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, taking direction from Provincial and Federal public health officials and our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby. We want to do everything we possibly can to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent.


Media Release-March 19 @ 17:00

 

CKTransit is announcing the following reduction in service effective Saturday, March 21st, in response to limited staff resources and a severe decline in ridership:

  • Routes 1, 2, 3, and 4 will operate from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM only, Monday – Saturday, on a 30-minute schedule;
  • Route 5 is suspended. Route 1 will service the bus stop in front of the Hospital and Courthouse;
  • CKTransit On-Request evening service is suspended;
  • The 6:45 PM departure for Inter-Urban Routes A, C, and D is suspended. All other Inter-Urban route departure times from the Chatham Terminal remain;
  • Chatham and Wallaceburg Accessible hours reduced to 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Saturday. Sunday service is suspended.

Changes are in effect until further notice.

The Municipality continues to work with our service providers to provide as much public transit service as possible given this emergency situation. Further service level adjustments may be required as this situation evolves.

CKTransit service providers have increased their sanitization measures and protocols.

Do not make trips into the community unless it is essential.

If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, stay home.

If you must go out, practice social distancing.

Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant.

Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are unable to access soap and water, use a 70% alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue.

If you have travelled outside of the country and have returned on or after March 3rd, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day of your arrival back.

We appreciate the understanding of our riders during this difficult time.


Media Release-March 19 @ 10:00

Growing number of returned traveller-related complaints prompts direct response from CKs Medical Officer of Health

 
 

It continues to be brought to CK Public Health’s attention that some residents of Chatham-Kent are not taking the current self isolation di

It continues to be brought to CK Public Health’s attention that some residents of Chatham-Kent are not taking the current self isolation directions seriously. 

“I want to make the current restrictions for all travellers returning from outside Canada perfectly clear”, said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health.

“As of March 17th, anyone returning to Canada from outside of the country in the last  14 days, which would make for a return date of March 3rd or later, must self isolate for 14 days from the day they arrived back into Canada.”

Dr. Colby also directed that anyone who has returned to Canada since March 17th and anyone still trying to get back to Canada must also self isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrival back into Canada. 

“We have an incredibly short window of time to do our best to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, explains Dr. Colby. Please take these warnings seriously.”

“Many thanks to those of you who have completed your self-isolation, states Dr. Colby. And to all Chatham-Kent residents, please continue to practice social distancing.”

For information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900


Media Release-March 18 @17:15

Second travel-associated case of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

 
 

CK Public Health was notified today the Ontario Public Health Laboratory of a second positive case of COVID-19 infection in the Chatham-Kent.

The individual is an 81 year old female who had recently travelled to the United States. The individual was admitted to hospital in isolation on March 16 and remains in stable condition. CK Public Health staff advised the close contacts to self-isolate at home for 14 days on March 16.


“Having our second positive case does not mean that we are losing this battle at a local level, stresses Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health.  We had anticipated this virus travelling to our community and we are working to identify and isolate cases and their contacts to break the chain of infection.  This is why the closures, bans and directions came when they did.

CK Public Health directs the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community:

  • EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING 
    • avoid all non-essential trips, in within the community
    • limit, postpone or cancel group gatherings
    • conduct meetings virtually wherever possible
    • keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others
    • keep children away from group settings
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have returned to Canada from travel (including from the United States) you need to self-isolate at home.

“Travel to the United States is absolutely considered as travel outside of Canada, reminds Dr. Colby. Sometimes with our close proximity, we may feel as if a day-trip over the border doesn’t count but I assure you that we will have better success in combatting the spread of this virus if we restrict travel everywhere.”

CK Public Health continues to actively manage the developing situation, in collaboration with national and provincial health agencies, as well as local community partners.

For information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900


Media Release-March 18 @ 10:15

First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

 
 

CK Public Health has been notified by the Ontario Public Health Laboratory of a positive case of COVID-19 infection in the Chatham-Kent area.

The individual is a 52 year old male and the case is related to cruise travel. The individual is currently in isolation at home and is doing well. CK Public Health staff is following up with his close contacts, who will be advised to self-isolate at home for the next 14 days.

“This does not change, in any way, what we have been asking of the public, says Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby. We must continue to closely abide by the measures that have been directed in order to halt the further spread of this virus within our community.”

CK Public Health directs the following actions to not only help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING 
    • avoid non-essential trips in the community
    • limit, postpone or cancel group gatherings
    • conduct meetings virtually wherever possible
    • keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others
    • keep children away from group settings
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

As a reminder if you’ve returned to Canada from travel (including from the United States) in the last 14 days, you need to self-isolate at home.

CK Public Health continues to actively monitor this developing situation actively, in collaboration with national and provincial health agencies, as well as local community partners.

For more information about COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900


Update-March 16 @ 13:20

In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus,  the Chief Justice of Ontario Court of Justice has ordered that all Provincial Offences Court matters between March 16 and April 3 be adjourned to another date.   This means that if you have a court date scheduled during this time PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND COURT and you will be notified of your next court date.  If you have been summonsed to appear as a witness during this time please do not attend court but contact the office for the new date.

 For fine payments you are encouraged to utilize www.paytickets.ca, or call to make a phone credit card payment or mail your payment.    The office is open but you are encouraged to call 519-352-8484 before attending.

Update-March 15 @ 11:45

All Public Skates and Arena Programs Cancelled

Out of respect for public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all public skates, arena programs and private events are cancelled.

Closures will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Update-March 14

With the safety and well-being of the communities’ most vulnerable residents being top priority, The Ministry of Health has issued that long term care and retirement homes, hospice and supporting housing only allow essential visitors into their facilities until further notice.

At this time, an essential visitor is being defined as someone who is visiting a resident that is receiving end of life, or palliative, care. Essential visitors will be actively screened before entry to the facility is permitted.

Non-essential visitors who are wanting to keep in touch with loved ones that reside within long term care and retirement settings are asked to do so by phone or other technologies, as available.

At the request of the Ministry, CK Public Health has supplied these facilities across Chatham-Kent with the screening tools and appropriate signage to support them in keeping their settings safe and secure during this time.

Residents are reminded that this is an evolving situation and information is changing rapidly. CK Public Health is dedicated to providing information to our partners as we receive it. For more information regarding the abovementioned, or any other matters regarding COVID-19, residents are asked to visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 .

If unable to find the information they are looking for, please call CK Public Health at on the COVID-19 intake line, 519-355-1071 ext. 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca

March 13, 2020 at 17:40

Program and Event Cancellations

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the advice of the CK Medical Officer of Health, all recreation, arts and culture programs including public swimming and March Break programs are being cancelled indefinitely. Refunds will be issued where applicable. During this time all facilities will remain open, with limited access to interactive exhibitions. This includes Gable Rees Rotary Pool, Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool, Ridge House Museum, CK Museum, Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Theatre, ARTspace, and the Thames Art Gallery.

Ticketholders to events at the Capitol and Kiwanis Theatres will be updated on an ongoing basis. Should a theatre event be cancelled or postponed, ticketholders will be contacted regarding refunds, rescheduled dates, etc. Events by external renters may not necessarily be cancelled; renters will be contacted individually.

Please continue to check our social media for updates.

March 13, 2020 at 14:00

Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health orders measure to control spread of COVID-19

 
 

On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. In doing so, they called for communities across the world to take aggressive and urgent action to prevent the spread of the disease.

On the 12th of March, based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, the Minister of Education answered that call, issuing an order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March break. At which point, the situation will be re-assessed and further direction will be given.

Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer’s of Health, Dr. David Colby is declaring a local emergency for Chatham-Kent. This measure allows for the redeployment of staff to assist where and when necessary.

“I would like to be very clear that declaring a local emergency is in no way meant to induce panic, and residents should not interpret it as such” stated Colby, “Rather, it allows us flexibility to use an “all-hands-on-deck” approach as we take the necessary preventative measures across our community.

Social distancing measures, especially school closures-before the virus is spreading in the community – have been shown to be one of the most powerful interventions to slow the spread of disease.

“When taken early, and when coordinated with additional efforts, these precautionary actions will help to prevent the impact that COVID-19 could have on Chatham-Kent residents” stated Colby.

“We all have a role to play, and it is imperative that we work together and do what we must, now” says Colby, “to ensure that we do not put ourselves in a position where increased and, quite frankly, impossible demands are placed on our healthcare system in weeks to come. The risk for the amplification or super-spreading within the community or a healthcare setting would be devastating, especially in a community such as ours where nearly 40% of residents are over the age of 55, and many more have serious, chronic medical conditions.”

Dr. Colby is also issuing the following orders for Chatham-Kent:

  • all public and private schools to be closed from March 14th-April 5th
  • all licensed childcare facilities to be closed from March 14th-April 5th (at this time, this does not apply to home-based childcare settings)
  • the ban of all mass gatherings of 250+ people (included in that maximum is the number of staff in place to support the event)
  • anyone aged 0-17 years who has travelled internationally, including to the United States, will self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, and NO INDIVIDUALS returning home from international travel will be able to attend school or childcare for 14 days 
  • adults who travel internationally, including the United States, will be asked to self-monitor upon their return and isolate if they become ill


A list of community based measures to lessen the spread of the disease is also available.

Additional recommendations for social distancing include:

  • limiting the distance between yourselves and another individual by at least one metre
  • limit social interactions by avoiding large gatherings such as celebrations, sporting and entertainment events, religious services and entertainment venues.
  • working remotely when and if possible
  • minimizing direct contact with people such as handshaking

Any residents with questions pertaining to the abovementioned, or any other questions regarding COVID-19 are asked to visit our website at www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or email  covid19@chatham-kent.ca

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

March 11th, 2020

CK Public Health proactive in response to WHO’s declaration of Global Pandemic

Today, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak a global pandemic.

Although the declaration was just made today, CK Public Health has already been taking the necessary, proactive steps, working alongside community partners to ensure effective monitoring, management and response to the situation. CK Public Health has a strong partnership with local hospitals and together they have put measures in place to screen individuals who are suspected of being infected. Residents are asked to read signs and follow all instructions when visiting a hospital or healthcare setting.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent and the risk for CK residents remains low.

Although there are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is currently no vaccine to protect against the COVID-19 infection, CK residents are asked to take the following steps to prevent the potential spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

In terms of travel, the Government of Canada is discouraging all cruise ship travel, and asking travellers to be aware of the list of countries that are affected. If residents are planning to travel, they are asked to follow the process and procedures that have been put in place for their protection, and the protection of others upon their return.

It is important that individuals call ahead prior to visiting any health care provider with details regarding their travel history and symptoms so that special arrangements can be made to ensure they are seen quickly, provided testing and that proper infection control measures are used.

Please note that the research and data on COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. CK Public Health will continue to adapt our advice for travellers based on the latest science and information available.

For those planning events and gatherings, the Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a risk-assessment tool to assist in their decision making process when it comes to postponing or cancelling a mass gathering.  

“The situation changes daily,” Dr. Colby, Chatham-Kent's Medical Officer of Health said. “But taking precautionary measures has the potential to greatly slow the spread and assist with not overwhelming our acute care resources.”

Residents are encouraged to stay updated and keep informed. All information related to COVID-19 including up-to-date local status, resources for healthcare professionals, Frequently Asked Questions, and more can be found on CK Public Health’s website at www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19.

To request more information, residents are asked to call CK Public Health’s COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900 or email at covid19@chatham-kent.ca

 

Media Contact:

Caress Lee Carpenter

Community Outreach & Public Relations Officer | CK Public Health

435 Grand Avenue West

Chatham, ON N7M 5L8

P 226.312.2023 x 2487   C 519.350.2831

Every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET, the Province of Ontario's 2019 novel coronavirus web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information, including the status of cases in Ontario. To access this information, please click here.

Symptoms of  2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take anywhere from 2-14 days to appear.

Symptoms have included:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs

In severe cases, infection can lead to death, but that is most common when the infected invididual already has a weakened immune system. This may be the case for older people, and anyone with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease.

Risk to Chatham-Kent Residents

As of March 9, 2020, there are have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent and the risk for COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent remains LOW.

CK Public Health is continuously monitoring the situation and proactively working with local, provincial and federal partners to manage and respond effectively as part of the routine public health follow-up in the case of any infectious disease.

What Can You Do?

Chatham-Kent residents are encouraged to play their part in preventing the spread of any respiratory illness by taking the following steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Is There a Risk to Travellers?

Travellers who have returned from an affected area (Hubei province, including Wuhan City, or Iran) should:

  • Contact CK Public Health’s COVID-19 intake line within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home,  for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province or Iran
  • Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or their local public health unit or call their primary care provider’s office if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any health care provider and let them know about travel history and symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) so that they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that they use proper infection control measures

Travellers who have returned from areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19 (other than Hubei Province or Iran) should:

  • Monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after leaving the affected area
  • Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, contact the CK Public Health’s COVID-19 intake line or call their primary care provider’s office if they experience symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any healthcare provider and let them know about travel history and symptoms so that they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that they use proper infection control measures

Please note that the research and data on COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. We will continue to adapt our advice for travellers based on the latest science available.

How is CK Public Health monitoring the situation?

CK Public Health is following the lead of the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Agency of Canada in responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  CK Public Health has a strong partnership with local hospitals that have put measures in place to screen individuals who are suspected of being infected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Please read signs and follow all instructions when visiting a hospital.

 

For further information and the most up-to-date announcements regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit:

Government of Canada Website – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Government of Ontario Website – 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

 

Click here for answers to a list of Frequently Asked Question’s about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 


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Chatham, ON N7M 3N1
Phone:
519.355.1071
Fax:
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