COVID-19 claims another nursing home resident, five new cases reported

Journal Staff

COVID-19 has claimed the life of another Sarnia resident, infected five more people, and spread to a third seniors’ home, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

The latest victim was a resident of Sarnia’s Vision Nursing Home, where three more staff members have also been infected.

The long-term care home on Wellington Street has been struggling with an outbreak since April 23. Thirteen residents and eight staff have been infected, and four residents have died.

COVID-19 has spread to a third city senior residence, Village on the St. Clair, where two residents tested positive Friday. Marshall Gowland Manor is also locked down after one resident of the long-term care home tested positive.

Sarnia-Lambton now has 222 cases 19 deaths.

Retirement and long-term care homes are especially hard-hit, accounting for 76 cases and 10 deaths.

Outbreaks at Landmark Village, Meadowview Villa and Sumac Lodge have been declared over.

Meanwhile, Sarnia said has received more than 900 complaints and inquiries on its COVID-19 hotline, set up to report potential infractions of emergency orders.

Five fines have been issued.

City Hall says Sarnia Transit will not be running Monday because of the Victoria Day holiday, but that curbside collection of large bulk items will resume June 1-5 as originally scheduled.

The city is also reminding residents the off-leash dog park in Germain Park is still closed, but the privately owned Blackwell Trails off-leash dog park is now open.