No more mobile testing clinics planned for Chatham-Kent

No more COVID-19 mobile drive-thru testing clinics are scheduled for Chatham-Kent.

Over 450 people received a COVID-19 swab test during the mobile drive-thru clinic at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's Wallaceburg site in Wallaceburg, Ont., on June 11-13, 2020. (Jake Romphf/Postmedia Network)

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No more COVID-19 mobile drive-thru testing clinics are scheduled for Chatham-Kent.

More than 2,400 people have been swabbed during mobile clinics in seven local communities since mid-June.

The most recent was Tuesday and Wednesday in Dresden, where 301 people were tested.

Another 260 were swabbed in Wheatley on Aug. 11-12.

Mobile clinics were also held in Wallaceburg, Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, Tilbury, Blenheim and Thamesville.

“As of now, there’s no specific plan for mobile testing,” Caen Suni, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance vice-president of clinical programs and operations, said in a conference call Thursday. “It doesn’t mean it’s off the table completely, but we do know that what we need to do is plan for a sustainable model .

“Once the weather starts to change, especially when it gets a lot cooler, more wet, more snow, more ice, the mobile testing isn’t going to be a safe option for individuals in the community or to have our teams out there.”

The health alliance will meet with its testing partners, which include Chatham-Kent EMS, Chatham-Kent public health and local family health teams, to discuss their fall plans, he said.

“We do know that with schools going back in a matter of days, in some instances, and the ongoing need for testing that there’s a lot of discussion occurring in terms of what our strategy looks like next,” Suni said.

Testing continues seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chatham assessment centre at 47 Emma St.

Two new cases were reported Thursday by Chatham-Kent public health, raising the municipality’s cumulative total to 362 cases. No one is hospitalized.

As of Thursday morning, no one has tested positive at the mobile clinics.

There have been 352 recoveries.

Eight cases are active. Four are related to close contact with other cases, three are travel-related and the cause for one is pending.

“We’ve seen a precipitous drop in the number of active cases, going in just a few weeks from more than 90 to single digits,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health. “I think we have done very well.”

Chatham-Kent had a record-high 93 active cases on Aug. 7.

Colby urged people to get tested if they think they have COVID-19.

“If there is any reason to suspect that you might have it, whether it’s through a contact with someone that got it or might have it, or compatible symptoms even if you don’t know where the source is, get tested,” he said. “It’s really important to do that.”

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