Local COVID cases up 51, two new outbreaks declared – BlackburnNews.com

The recent surge in Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID-19 cases continued Saturday with a spike of 51 new confirmed infections and two more outbreaks declared.

Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported the total number of cases since March of 2020 climbed to 2,565, recoveries went up 30 for a total of 2,289, putting the active case count at 229, up 21.

The death toll remained unchanged at 47 and there were 13 institutional and school outbreaks.

The health unit reported Saturday, however, that two new outbreaks have been declared. A staff member at Afton Park Place, and one staff member and one student at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School tested positive.

“The individuals who tested positive have been notified of their results,” said Chad Ikert, Manager of Health Protection for Lambton Public Health. “LPH is continuing to conduct case and contact management as part of the investigation.”

A school outbreak is declared when there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students, staff or other visitors in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

A long-term care or other communal living setting outbreak is declared facility-wide when one or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in a staff member or resident and possible exposure to others in the setting has occurred.

Bluewater Health reported Saturday that it still has five COVID-positive patients.

New confirmed cases in Sarnia-Lambton have increased by more than 200 since March 14 with the region moving into Grey-Lockdown in the province’s response framework as of Monday, March 15.

Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that the province is loosening some restrictions to support economic recovery.

Starting Saturday, restaurants in in the grey category can offer customers outdoor dining.

-With files from Dave Dentinger