Public Health Inspectors at the Helm of the COVID-19 Response

This week, we are shining a light on the role of our local Public Health Inspectors, or “PHI’s” as we affectionately refer to them as around here. Our PHI’s have been at the helm of the COVID-19 response across Chatham-Kent since the emergency was declared in our community. Who better to provide us with some insight on the role of … Read More

“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

Public Health Nurses Continue to Support Sexual Health

Public Health Nurses on our School Health and Infectious Diseases teams provide a number of sexual health services, including low-cost birth control, emergency contraception, testing for STIs, free pregnancy testing, and sexual health counselling. And, our dedicate nurses, like Lisa (pictured above), continue to offer these services during the pandemic. If you’ve ever been to our King Street location, you’ve … 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

Observing Ramadan During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Community members who are Muslim in Chatham-Kent, and around the world, are observing the month of Ramadan. But, for most, Ramadan will look different this year. Because COVID19 spreads through contact between people, the government of Ontario is not allowing gatherings of 5 or more people, including religious gatherings. People are also being encouraged to stay home except for essential … 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