COVID-19 Vaccinations 16-week Second Dose Extensions

We are not booking 2nd dose appointments at this time due to recent provincial changes. Ontario policy currently prescribes a booster interval of 16 weeks except for the following clinical situations: Indigenous residents living on reserves ( For instance, Delaware Nation at Moraviantown) Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and Assisted Living facilities Remote and isolated First … Read More

National Immunization Awareness Week

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an annual event held in the last week of April to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. Canada’s NIAW coincides with Vaccination Week in the Americas and World Immunization Week. During NIAW, you will see increased publicity about the importance of immunization and the success and impact that immunization has had in protecting and saving lives. Many … Read More

One year later

  One year ago today, a local emergency was declared in Chatham-Kent as a global pandemic was declared over the COVID-19 virus. One year later, over 12 000 local residents have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. And in that year in between, our community has learned a lot about itself, and stayed connected to each other in ways that … Read More

Maad’ookiing Mshkiki — Sharing Medicine: Connecting Indigenous Communities with Culturally Relevant COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  Knowledge is Medicine. Love is Medicine. Storytelling is Medicine. Kinship is Medicine. Anishinaabemowin Translation provided by Loretta Assinewai-Fox and “her aunties.” Today marks the launch of Maad’ookiing Mshkiki – Sharing Medicine a virtual hub that provides culturally relevant and trauma-informed information about COVID-19 vaccinations for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The community-centered resources aim to empower informed consent for … Read More

This Is A Story About Resiliency

  History is being made every day.   We are living in an unprecedented time, and while that experience may look differently for all of us, we can find common ground at those moments when we are all enter into each day with bravery, and a determined sense of resiliency. Just a couple short weeks ago, Chatham-Kent received its first … Read More

Back to School in 2021

What happens if a person attending school tests positive for COVID-19?

As staff and students get ready to return to in person classes on February 8th, we’d like to re-share some important information about schools and COVID-19. Returning to class in 2021 brings in a some additional public health measures from the province that may include: Provincewide access, in consultation with the local PHU, to targeted asymptomatic testing for students and … Read More

The COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives In Chatham-Kent

What a start to the week! After nearly a year of living a COVID-19 reality, Chatham-Kent caught a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel, and celebrated the arrival of its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday January 25, 2021.  CK Public Health staff, along with Chatham-Kent EMS and CKHA, went straight to work, and … Read More

Vaccine Plan for CK

As Wave 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic reaches a critical point, we know the light at the end of tunnel may still seem far away.  Despite these difficult days, hope is very much on the horizon with the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. We are anticipating to hear news in the very near future from the provincial government … Read More

Findings from CK Public Health’s COVID-19 Community Survey

In the fall, CK Public Health worked with IPSOS to do a community survey about COVID-19. Thank you to our community members who took part. Below, we share why we did the survey, what we learned, and what we’re doing with the information. Why a survey on COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent? In short, the answers to the survey questions help us … Read More

Working Together To Stop an Outbreak in the Community

Infographic diagram of icons demonstrating how COVID-19 spread from a small Chatham-Kent Church. 21 members of a church became infected with the virus that spread to households, group living settings and a blood donor clinic. Each level had additional transmissions to other households and their close contacts. In total, 40 positive cases resulted in this situation with 2 declared outbreaks and 3 hospitalizations. Over 500 people had to self isolate and that impacted 3 school cohorts, 50 people from the church, 170 school students, 180 blood donor clinic attendees, 25 in workplaces and 10 in a group living situation.

We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 since the pandemic was declared in March: We truly are all in this together. On Monday November 23rd  Chatham-Kent moved into the YELLOW-PROTECT level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. We are grateful for your continued effort to follow changing public health measures. With case numbers rising, we need to continue to practice these measures … Read More

National Addictions Awareness Week

Change begins with me

The theme for National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) 2020 is Change Begins With Me. Join us as we explore what this means for our community, share information about local services and supports, and discuss why we need to change how we talk about and address issues related to mental health and substance use. What do we mean when we say … Read More

Outbreak declared in Chatham-Kent School

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Winston Churchill Public School  Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Winston Churchill Public School.  This is the first school outbreak in Chatham-Kent. An outbreak in a school is defined as two (2) or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a school community, where transmission has been confirmed … Read More