“We’re All In This Together” – Not just a trendy tagline!

The recent success of Chatham-Kent’s Long Term Care Home COVID-19 swabbing initiative has proven that enhanced public health measures established in response to the pandemic are working. On April 21, 2020, the province issued a new testing directive as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long Term Care Homes.  CK Public Health, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA), Chatham-Kent EMS … Read More

Navigating New Waters Requires All Hands on Deck

It has been said that one of the most crucial skills for a nurse to possess is the ability to adapt. CK Public Health nurses have proven that to be true in the face of the COVID-19 emergency being declared in Chatham-Kent. The CK Public Health Nurse Managers are no exception. Stacy, Marnie and Betty are all CK Public Health … Read More

Caring Knows No Boundaries

When you hear the word “Nurse”, what image comes to mind? Are they in scrubs? A nursing cap? You probably picture them in a mask, perhaps, and wearing comfortable shoes that allow them to pull long shifts on their feet. Are they travelling down a hospital hallway at warp speed? If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re … Read More

Happy Nurses Week 2020

Happy Nurses Week! This year looks a little different for most of our nurses at CK Public Health. COVID-19 has caused a major shift in the workloads of many. To celebrate the flexibility, dedication and scope of our Public Health Nurses, we will be sharing a number of roles that they have taken on over the last few months in … Read More

Temporary Shelter – Now Open!

Temporary Shelter Now Open  Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Employment and Social Services division opened it’s doors to a temporary shelter this morning for community members who are experiencing homelessness.  The need for the shelter increased over the last month when individuals who were previously “couch-surfing” were forced into absolute homelessness due to the pandemic. The shelter opened at the Exhibition Hall … Read More

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? The popular nursery rhyme makes it seem so easy to start a garden, but there is a lot of information that you will want to consider if you are interested in starting one at home and growing your own produce. To help you get started, we’ve put together some basics to … Read More

Getting Outside During COVID-19

Ah, the sunshine. Is there anything more universally symbolic for “get outside”? At any other time, during any other year, we wouldn’t think twice about opening the front door and going to get some fresh air while enjoying the great outdoors. But has the COVID-19 pandemic changed this? Have the local closures and cancellations made it impossible? Has Spring and … Read More

Birth, Breastfeeding and COVID-19

These uncertain times may leave expectant mothers and those caring for new babies wondering what they need to do to keep themselves and their families safe. Mothers who are not experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to take the necessary steps to stay healthy during this pandemic. The pregnancy and parenting sections of our website … Read More

Seniors’ Health and Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 or those with weakened immune systems or medical conditions to stay at home and self-isolate. Why is this so important? Seniors, people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions are more at risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19. These measures are meant to help … Read More

Menu Planning and Eating on a Budget During a Pandemic

    Grocery shopping, menu planning, and creating nutritious meals on a budget.  These are all things you might be thinking of right now as we all adjust to life with social distancing and trying to shop less.  To help, we have created some tips to get your started. To start, one of the best things you can do is … Read More

Staying Physically Active while Physically Distancing

We face a crucial time in our society where strict measures have been put in place to protect the health of our families, friends, and community. Physical distancing, self-isolation, and avoiding group gatherings are the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our obligation to follow these practices can mean a big shift to our normal daily routines … Read More

Self-Isolation Explained

  What Does Self-Isolation Mean? By now, you might have heard of the term, “self-isolation,” but what does self-isolating at home actually mean? All of the new information about the COVID-19 pandemic can be confusing. CK Public Health is here to provide you with the facts. Simply put, self-isolation is when you have been instructed to physically separate yourself from others. … Read More