Individual tests positive for COVID-19 at Ridgetown Campus

Media Release                                                                             September 22, 2020 Individual tests positive for COVID-19 at Ridgetown Campus CK Public Health has learned that a student attending the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual resides outside of Chatham-Kent. Ridgetown Campus is working with CK Public Health by providing contact information and support for students and staff who … Read More

Good news for families with children/youth enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario!

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, many children and youth who were enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program were unable to access the dental care they needed. The Ministry is working to support those with HSO cards that expired on July 31st. The Ministry will be automatically renewing all children/youth who were enrolled in the income and social … Read More

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in North Chatham


CK Public Health has received laboratory confirmation that mosquitoes collected earlier this week from a trap in North Chatham have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first positive mosquito trap in Chatham-Kent this season. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms … Read More

Recruitment for Board of Health members underway

Media Release                                                                               September 9, 2020 Recruitment for Board of Health members underway CK Public Health is actively recruiting for three Board positions. Two of these are citizen members of the Board of Health, to begin their four-year term on January 1, 2021. As well, an Indigenous representative is being recruited to complete the current term, starting January 1, 2021 … Read More

Blue Green Algae Bloom

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Media Release                                                                               August 21, 2020 UPDATE: Blue-green algae bloom in Chatham-Kent  Recent laboratory analysis of water samples taken from McGregor Creek in Chatham has confirmed a blue-green algae bloom, which appears to have expanded into the Thames River. Further analysis of water samples from McGregor Creek has revealed low levels of harmful toxins. At this time, continue to avoid … Read More

Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces in Chatham-Kent

Media Release                                                                               August 11, 2020 Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces in Chatham-Kent Chatham-Kent Council Monday night voted to make the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces mandatory as of 12:01 A.M on Friday, August 14. Following a nearly one-hour long discussion, Council approved a bylaw to mandate masks and to develop further amendments in consultation with the … Read More

Heat Warnings

  With the prediction of hot and/or humid weather for Monday August 10 2020 and possibly Tuesday August 11 2020, Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning. In high temperatures and humidity, your body may not be able to cool properly which can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Symptoms of heat-related illness may include rapid breathing, dizziness … Read More

Cluster of new cases linked to boating trip

Media Release                                                                               August 6, 2020 Cluster of new cases linked to boating trip An investigation by CK Public Health has revealed that 12 new COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent are linked to a boating trip involving multiple households. This trip was outside of Chatham-Kent and was several days in duration. CK Public Health is isolating these cases and tracing their contacts, of which there … Read More

Mobile Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Clinics to Take Place in Wheatley and Dresden

For Immediate Release Mobile Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Clinics to Take Place in Wheatley and Dresden CHATHAM-KENT: August 4, 2020 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) in partnership with Chatham-Kent EMS, CK Public Health, Family Health Teams (Chatham-Kent, Thamesview and Tilbury) and the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres will offer mobile drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinics in Wheatley and Dresden during the month of … Read More

7 – Eleven in Chatham

Media Release                                                                               August 3, 2020 7-Eleven in Chatham Contrary to accounts on social media, CK Public Health did not order the 7-Eleven convenience store at 10 Grand Avenue West in Chatham to be closed. Any risk to the Chatham-Kent community remains low. Close contacts of COVID-19 patients are directly contacted by CK Public Health and given further instructions. If … Read More

COVID-19 cases in Low German speaking communities

Media Release                                                                               July 29, 2020 COVID-19 cases in Low German speaking communities Investigation of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases has revealed that these cases are occurring within Low German speaking communities, across a broad band of Southwestern Ontario. The health units across the region are working with the Low German speaking communities to manage cases, contacts and to … Read More