Three more lives lost due to COVID-19

Chatham-Kent Public Health is reporting three more deaths related to COVID-19.

The deaths were reported Monday morning. Due to the holidays, the last health unit update was on December 30.

Jeff Moco, of the health unit’s communications team, said a man in his 60s, a man in his 60s and a woman in his 60s have died.

The local health unit has recorded a total of 30 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the health unit listed 263 new cases over the long weekend, an average of 87 cases per day, along with 255 resolved cases. The number of active cases in Chatham-Kent is now 347.

Just a month ago, the town had 109 active cases.

According to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, 29 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, of which 26 are residents of Chatham-Kent. The health alliance reports that 21 of the COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, eight patients are in intensive care and six are on ventilators. Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s intensive care unit is 90% occupied.

In addition, 38 hospital workers are on sick leave due to testing positive for COVID-19 or exposure to the virus.

There are also currently three outbreaks in Chatham-Kent. Two cases are being reported at both Riverview Gardens in Chatham and Tilbury Maor Nursing Home and 18 cases are linked to a manufacturing workplace.

Across Ontario, provincial health officials recorded 13,578 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

In response to the recent increase in the number of cases, the province announced Monday it would revert to “modified stage 2” restrictions starting Wednesday, which include reducing social gathering limits, closing restaurants in interior and capacity reduction in retail stores.

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