Three new COVID cases in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases on the first day of Stage 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan in Ontario.

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Chatham-Kent has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases on the first day of Stage 3 of the COVID-19 reopening in Ontario.

Three new cases were reported Friday, bringing the total number of active cases in Chatham-Kent to 13. After a period of no new cases, four were reported this week.

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health, confirmed that “with one exception, the new cases are all contacts of an existing case and they are all isolated.”

He said the one case they haven’t been able to link with the others is under investigation.

Colby also noted the one local person listed as being hospitalized is in a Windsor hospital.

“We don’t have any (COVID cases) at the hospital in Chatham-Kent,” he said.

Chatham-Kent Public Health is working with family and friends who have also been in contact with the confirmed cases to get them isolated, Colby said, adding they have been co-operative.

The doctor said this is not a case of random community spread.

“I would be setting off alarm bells if that was the case.”

Chatham-Kent has had 173 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic was declared in March with 159 people recovered.

A total of 107 cases were confined to a workplace outbreak near Kent Bridge and another 15 are linked to a local group home setting, according to information on the CK public health website.

Only five of the confirmed cases have been hospitalized.

A total of 10,559 people have been tested for the virus in Chatham-Kent.

eshreve@postmedia.com

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