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

Keeping together….while staying apart: the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market

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Keeping together….while staying apart: the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market Service groups, community organizations, and local businesses have faced incredible challenges to operate as close to normal as possible.  Each of these groups and organizations make the community a better place to live. The Wallaceburg Farmers Market Volunteer Committee in partnership with the Downtown Wallaceburg BIA has been operating a Farmers’ Market since 2017.  Each … Read More

Celebrate Remembrance Day 2020 Safely

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CK Public Health recognizes and supports our veterans and active duty military, who have served our country to give us the freedoms and rights that we have each day. COVID-19 has changed the way we commemorate important events such as Remembrance Day, but there are ways to celebrate safely. Attending or Hosting an Event Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, … Read More

Rotary of Chatham-Sunrise wants you to finish the task, and wear a mask!

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Rotary of Chatham-Sunrise wants you to finish the task, and wear a mask! Chatham-Kent has many service groups and organizations that make the community a better place. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these groups have had to think of creative ways to serve the community, while adhering to public health measures. The Rotary Club of Chatham-Sunrise … Read More

Class Order (Transmission of a Communicable Disease) in Chatham-Kent

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Media Release October 23, 2020 Class Order (Transmission of a Communicable Disease) in Chatham-Kent Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent has issued a class order pursuant to Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7 on Friday, October 23 effective immediately. This order is in place to protect members of the community from … Read More

CK Public Health Conducts Community Survey

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In the coming days, you may get a phone call to ask about your perceptions, beliefs and behaviours related to COVID-19. CK Public Health is partnering with Ipsos, a Canadian-based market research and public opinion firm, to complete a survey that will help guide the local public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ipsos interviewers will be calling a random … Read More

Take public health precautions this Halloween!

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Media Release           October 22, 2020 Take public health precautions this Halloween! Halloween may look different this year in Chatham-Kent: but if done safely, can still be fun for your family! “We need to be realistic and allow some normality while still following public health guidance this Halloween,” says Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health. “COVID-19 … Read More

School related COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent

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Media Release           October 20, 2020 Two cases declared at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim CK Public Health is reporting the first cases of COVID-19 in a school community in Chatham-Kent, at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim. Two individuals contracted COVID-19 outside of school and are self-isolating. Due to privacy considerations, further information about the … Read More

CK Public Health supports all mothers in their infant feeding decision

The CK Public Health understands and agrees that every mother wants what is best for their child and their family. There is never any judgement toward how a mother feeds her child. Our goal is to offer education and support to make informed decisions around infant feeding.  Unfortunately, for the past 120 years, companies that market formula to parents have … Read More