Three years into the pandemic and COVID-19 continues to claim lives in Chatham-Kent.

Two more local residents have succumbed to the virus, raising the number of COVID deaths in Chatham-Kent to 102 since the pandemic began.

The first case of COVID infection in Chatham-Kent was identified on March 18, 2020. Since then, there have been 11,358 confirmed cases, although public health officials stress that number is an underestimate due to limitations on PCR testing.

In its weekly report, the Public Health Unit says 45 new cases were confirmed between March 5th and the 11th.

Two new outbreaks have also been declared, both in group home setting. Outbreaks are still in effect at Meadow Park Nursing Home and Riverview Gardens in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent’s COVID positivity rate is at 15.9%, compared to the provincial rate of 10.5%.