Massive decline in COVID-19 numbers in C-K, Fairfield Park

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Audrey Clare, 87, a resident of Fairfield Park since 2015, received the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

Fairfield park residents all vaccinated 

Chatham-Kent may be finding its way out of the red zone after CK Public Health reported 64 recovered COVID-19 cases over the long-weekend and only one new case.

At least 45 of those cases dropped off from the Fairfield Park long-term care home outbreak in Wallaceburg which reported 55 active cases last Thursday.

As of Tuesday the home sits at three active cases left among residents and seven in staff. All other cases have been resolved.

This isn’t the only good news for the long-term care facility which saw the majority of its residents vaccinated over the weekend

“On Saturday, we were pleased to have EMS in partnership with the Chatham-Kent PublicHealth Unit, in our home to administer the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to residents who have, until this point, tested negative for COVID-19,” stated administrator Tracey Maxim.

“This year has been difficult for everyone in our community and especially difficult for our residents, their families and our staff. The vaccine is the glimmer of hope we have been waiting for.”

In addition to Fairfield Park, CK Public Health is also dealing with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Medicine A/B Unit outbreak. No new cases were reported over the weekend for CKHA, however, the outbreak remains active.

The active total for the entire municipality has decreased to 51, with seven of those individuals hospitalized. The cumulative total sits at 1,330 and the death toll remains at eight.

The provincial government is set to announce its revised zones for each region on Feb. 22. Zones will be reassessed based on its public health unit’s data for the previous two weeks.

In order for Chatham-Kent to move up to the Orange Zone it would need to see a weekly incidence rate (occurrence of new cases) of 25 to 39.9 residents per 100,000. 

The percentage of residents testing positive has to be between 1.3 to 2.4 per cent. Restaurants, cinemas, casinos, event venues,  and gyms (with exception of exercise classes) would be able to increase their intake to 50 clients.

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