C-K COVID cases up one; vaccination list expands

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Another quiet 24 hours on the local COVID-19 front, with six new cases reported against one resolved.

That brings our active number of cases up to 36, according to CK Public Health figures.

A second workplace is listed in outbreak as well.

A total of 32,369 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine through CK Public Health.

Health officials have also expanded the list of those eligible to receive a vaccination at the Bradley Centre, and added a mobile clinic.

Residents will be able to book from a variety of appointment dates/times over the coming weeks at the Bradley Centre Vaccination Clinic in addition to a new mobile clinic at the Wallaceburg Arena on May 21.

In terms of the expanded list of potential recipients, CK Public Health is inviting those residents with qualifying health conditions to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at GetYourShotCK.ca or by calling and leaving a message at 519-351-1010.

The following health conditions, as defined by the province, are now eligible:

Highest-Risk Health Conditions:

  • Organ transplant recipients;
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients;
  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g. motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis);
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year;
  • Kidney disease eGFR< 30; and
  • Pregnancy.

High-Risk Health Conditions:

  • Obesity (BMI > 40);
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications); and
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome).

At-Risk Health Conditions:

  • Immune deficiencies/autoimmune disorders;
  • Stroke/cerebrovascular disease;
  • Dementia;
  • Diabetes;
  • Liver disease;
  • All other cancers;
  • Respiratory diseases;
  • Spleen problems (e.g., asplenia);
  • Heart disease;
  • Hypertension with end organ damage;
  • Diagnosis of mental disorder;
  • Substance use disorders;
  • Sickle cell disease;
  • Thalassemia; and
  • Immunocompromising health conditions.

“We would like to thank our local primary care providers who have been referring their patients in the highest and high categories for appointments. With this new eligible group, we are working towards our goal in vaccinating all adults in Chatham-Kent,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health, in a media release..

In addition to chronic health condition categories now being eligible for vaccination, workers in licensed childcare settings will also be eligible to book a vaccination appointment starting on April 29. Childcare staff will be provided a letter from their employer with further details.

People booking appointments will be required to confirm their eligibility when checking into their scheduled appointment time. Those not deemed eligible will not receive a vaccination and will have to rebook an appointment when they become eligible.

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