CKHA cancels training exercise

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Hours after announcing it would host an emergency preparedness exercise, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance cancelled Wednesday’s drill.

Slated for the CKHA hospital in Wallaceburg, the exercise is on hold due to high volumes in the CKHA’s emergency department, according to officials.

The CKHA was to work with Chatham-Kent Emergency Medical Services, Chatham-Kent Police Services and Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue.

The exercise was to simulate CKHA’s Emergency Code Orange. A Code Orange is called in the event of an external disaster, including natural disasters such as tornados, multiple vehicle accidents or event disasters, which would send a surge of people to the hospital for medical attention.

Instead, all parties will look to reschedule the mock event in the future.

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