May 3: Only 7% of COVID-19 tests in Sarnia-Lambton are positive

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Another COVID-19 case was confirmed by public health officials in Sarnia-Lambton, but the percentage of overall positive tests dropped for the second day in a row.

Today, only 7% of the 2,610 tests – 188 – returned positive. Fourteen more people have recovered for a total of 110 and the number of deaths has remained at 14 since April 20.

There are still three outbreaks in institutions for the aged, but there have been no new cases associated with them in the past few days. Thirty Landmark Village residents and 10 employees tested positive, and six of the area deaths are related to the Sarnia retirement home. Vision Nursing Home has four residents and two staff who contracted the virus, and Sumac Lodge is also in an epidemic after a staff member tested positive, health officials said. Both are long-term care homes in Sarnia.

Lambton Meadowview Villa, a long-term care facility near Petrolia where a worker tested positive, had an epidemic that was declared by public health officials after a week in late April.

Bluewater Health reported Sunday that nine patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were being treated at the hospital, the same number as the previous two days. Twenty other suspect patients were awaiting test results, five more than on Saturday.

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