Public health officials watch slow reopening of some companies

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Public health is closely monitoring whether the reopening of certain businesses will result in an increase – or a second wave – of COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton.

“I think everyone is looking forward to it” what will happen, said Lambit County Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade on May 4 as various lawn and landscaping businesses construction projects, automatic and self-service car washes, car dealerships by appointment, and garden centers and nurseries by roadside pickup and delivery have been authorized to open in Ontario.

Marinas and golf courses were also allowed to prepare for the coming season from May 4, but were not yet allowed to open to the public.

The slight easing of restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic came when Sarnia-Lambton saw its 189th confirmed coronavirus case, up one from Sunday morning.

Ten other people were also listed as recovered, bringing the total to 120, while the number of deaths in Sarnia-Lambton due to COVID-19 has remained at 14 since April 20.

Little can be said about what could mean the absence of new deaths within two weeks for the disease trajectory, said Ranade.

“Because it is very specific to who is infected and what are their underlying vulnerabilities,” he said. “It’s easier to read the trend in the number of new cases. “

Since April 29, eight new cases have been confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton – one per day, except for a peak of four on May 1.

That suggests the local curve is flattening, said Ranade.

“I think that is reason to be optimistic about the results of public health measures. “

There are still three long-term care and retirement home outbreaks in Sarnia-Lambton.

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 members who contracted the virus, and Sumac Lodge – another nursing home in Sarnia – is also hatching after a staff member tested positive, officials said. health.

An epidemic at Lambton Meadow Villa near Petrolia, where a worker tested positive, was declared by public health officials after a week in April.

Of the 2,759 COVID-19 tests received, 7% returned positive, according to public health.

Health workers account for 14% of all positive cases.

On May 4, Bluewater Health reported that nine patients with confirmed COVID-19 were being treated at the Sarnia Hospital, the same number as the previous three days. Another 22 suspect patients were awaiting test results.

Ranade also recently confirmed that community and family gardens could operate in Sarnia-Lambton, as long as entry restrictions, physical distance and other guidelines are followed.

Details are available at lambtonpublichealth.ca.

On May 4, the City of Sarnia’s main control group noted that the COVID-19 hotline to date had received 790 calls and e-mail complaints, and had laid five charges. Figures do not include calls received by Sarnia police.

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