The number of patients battling COVID-19 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has matched a record high set back in the spring.

17 people are being treated for the virus in hospital, only two of whom are fully vaccinated, all of which are Chatham-Kent residents. Three COVID patients are being treated in the ICU.

When the hospital reached 17 COVID patients in mid-May, 11 were local residents and six were from out of town.

There are now 140 active cases of the virus in Chatham-Kent with 53 new positive tests over the weekend and 35 cases resolved.

Public Health statistics show 5.88% of the current active cases are among fully vaccinated residents, while the vast majority, 74% are unvaccinated. The remaining 19.5% are either partially vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

There are now three active outbreaks including seven cases linked to a community setting, declared on Friday. There are also two outbreaks at the Health Alliance.

Chatham-Kent is currently ranked last across Ontario’s 34 public health units when it comes to vaccination rates with 73% of those 12 and older with both shots. That’s compared to 78% province-wide. Leeds Grenville and Lanark District leads the province with 87.6% of those eligible being fully vaccinated.