Twelve new COVID-19 cases, including one at Wallaceburg’s Fairfield Park long-term care home, were reported by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit on Feb. 9.
Four schools in Chatham-Kent also reported one case apiece. They resumed in-person classes this week after being shut for seven weeks.
The Fairfield Park outbreak was up to 93 total cases, but the number of active cases fell to 30 active resident cases and 30 active staff cases.
“We have started receiving the results from our ongoing weekly surveillance testing efforts that took place yesterday,” administrator Tracey Maxim said in a statement. “All results have come back negative, with the exception of one staff member who is now self-isolating at home. This is positive news for us.”
A woman in her 90s who died Feb. 6 was the home’s first COVID-19 death.
“This resident will be missed by everyone here at Fairfield Park, and I know our community will join us in extending our deepest condolences to their loved ones,” Maxim said.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance staff are using a trailer parked in front of Fairfield Park as extra office space while they help there.
“We want to thank everyone who has sent kind words of encouragement to our home,” Maxim said. “Our staff have truly been overwhelmed by your emails, community-sponsored staff meals and, most recently, the dedicated thank you video from students at Christ the King, St. Elizabeth, Holy Family, and Sacred Heart Catholic School who are sending messages of hope to residents and staff at Fairfield Park.
“We have posted all your messages in the home for our staff to read and will show this video on the TVs. Knowing that our community stands behind our home contributes in a real way to the work we do and reminds us that we will get through this together.”