Fairfield Park outbreak grows to 71 cases of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 outbreak at Fairfield Park long-term care home in Wallaceburg grew to 71 cases on Feb. 3 after 12 new cases were reported.

The 103-bed facility is the only long-term care home in Chatham-Kent where residents have gotten COVID-19.

When Fairfield Park still had 59 cases on Feb. 2, administrator Tracey Maxim said 32 residents, 26 staff members and one essential caregiver had tested positive.

Another breakdown of cases isn’t expected from the home until Friday at the earliest.

One resident’s case has been resolved and he is back in his room. Three staff members are also out of isolation and have returned to work.

“Fairfield Park continues to receive staffing support from its Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team partners, and is following the advice and guidance of Chatham-Kent public health,” Maxim said in a statement.

The outbreak was declared Jan. 10 after an employee tested positive. The first cases in residents were confirmed Jan. 25.


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“While living in a home in outbreak is certainly difficult for our residents, staff are doing everything they can to maintain a positive atmosphere from within the home,” said a message on the home’s website. “Essential caregivers are also welcome to continue to visit their loved ones, wearing full (personal protective equipment), and adhering to our policies. These visits are beneficial to the mental health and well-being of our residents.”

Residents are being grouped based on their COVID-19 status or risk of exposure.

Those who tested positive are being kept together and are kept away from those who haven’t tested positive. Those at a higher risk of having been exposed are together and away from those at lower risk.

Staff and resident screening takes place twice daily, Maxim said. Staff members are tested at least every five days.

“Fairfield Park staff are thankful for the overwhelming outpouring of support from the community,” Maxim said. “The good wishes, thank you emails, food deliveries, and positive messages on social media are greatly appreciated.”

The Chatham-Kent public health unit reported 12 new cases Wednesday and six Tuesday as the region’s cumulative total rose to 1,237 cases.

There were 127 active cases, the second-highest total in three weeks.

The outbreak in the medicine A/B unit at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Chatham hospital grew by one Wednesday to 15 total cases. The outbreak on the COVID-19 unit was still at two cases.


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Four Chatham-Kent residents were hospitalized.

Chatham-Kent had nine active outbreaks.

Two long-term care homes – Meadow Park in Chatham and Tilbury Manor in Tilbury – have each had one employee test positive.

The five institutional outbreaks at the hospital and the long-term care homes combined for 77 active cases in Chatham-Kent residents.

Two workplace outbreaks were down to a total of two active cases in Chatham-Kent residents, a congregate living outbreak had two active cases and Lambton-Kent Composite School had one active case.

Thirty-two of the remaining active cases were linked to close contact with other cases, five had an unknown cause, four had information pending, and four were in Chatham-Kent residents at workplace and institutional outbreaks in another region.

There have been 1,104 recoveries.

Walpole Island First Nation had no active cases Wednesday.

Six people from Chatham-Kent and one from Walpole Island have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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