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

What can I do to support breastfeeding?

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Support breastfeeding by: Giving positive acknowledgement when you see someone breastfeeding. Learning about breastfeeding and using the information to dispel myths and misconceptions. Finding out about breastfeeding resources in your community and sharing the information with expectant parents. Helping a breastfeeding family – provide dinner one night, offer to run errands, watch baby for an hour while mother rests etc. … Read More

What can I do to promote breastfeeding?

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Promote breastfeeding by: Checking to see if your workplace has a policy that supports breastfeeding when an employee returns to work following maternity leave. Donating a current book about breastfeeding to the local library. There are even some excellent children’s books that tell a story about a baby being breastfed. Encouraging public places such as libraries, arenas, restaurants and shopping … Read More

What can I do to protect breastfeeding?

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Protect breastfeeding by: Taking a stand against misleading and aggressive marketing of infant formula, bottles and artificial nipples. Don’t distribute formula samples or coupons. Clear your workplace of brochures, measuring tapes, weigh scale paper and other products that have commercial endorsements. Encouraging the government to monitor adherence to the Code and when violations are detected, to impose sanctions as permitted … Read More

How long should a baby breastfeed or receive breastmilk?

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Global, national and provincial experts recommend: The early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, with introduction of nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months. To learn more, please visit:

But, not all mothers can or want to breastfeed…

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The Baby-Friendly Initiative knows that there are medical and personal reasons for the use of infant formula. Families that make an informed decision to formula feed are encourage to get individual guidance and support. There are risks to formula feeding, however, there are ways to reduce these risks. To learn more, please visit:

Staying healthy during Thanksgiving

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  We have many things to be thankful for more than ever for Thanksgiving 2020. Learning how to connect with each other in creative ways and showing our thanks during times of hardship have shown how resilient Chatham-Kent is! Before sitting down for your Thanksgiving meal, please take into consideration the following: Having a meal with only those in your … Read More