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First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 In Chatham-Kent

Wednesday March 18th, 2020, 11:06am

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Chatham Kent Health has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in the Chatham-Kent area.

In a statement the the media and posted to the CK Public Health’s facebook page, they say they were notified by the Ontario Public Health Laboratory of a positive case of COVID-19 infection in the Chatham-Kent area. CK Public Health says the individual is a 52 year old male and the case is related to cruise travel.

Officials say the individual is currently in isolation at home and is doing well. CK Public Health staff is following up with his close contacts, who will be advised to self-isolate at home for the next 14 days.

“This does not change, in any way, what we have been asking of the public,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby. “We must continue to closely abide by the measures that have been directed in order to halt the further spread of this virus within our community.”

CK Public Health directs the following actions to not only help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING
    • avoid non-essential trips in the community
    • limit, postpone or cancel group gatherings
    • conduct meetings virtually wherever possible
    • keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others
    • keep children away from group settings
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

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