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Rise in local cases levelling off, but reason not yet clear

Journal staff Lambton Public Health reported 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths in Sarnia-Lambton as of Friday. That’s up from 59 cases and six deaths Thursday. “We’re seeing the number of new cases this week slow down, but it is hard to say if that is the result of effective social distancing measures… Read more »

COVID-19 cases continue to climb locally

Journal Staff There were 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton as of Thursday. Lambton Public Health released the numbers this morning amid a surge of positive tests results arriving this week. Six deaths have been confirmed, including four residents from Landmark Village seniors home in Sarnia, where an outbreak of the virus has infected five… Read more »

UPDATED: 56 cases of COVID-19 and 6 deaths in Sarnia-Lambton

Journal staff The number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton has climbed to 56, and six deaths, as of Wednesday afternoon. The data was posted to Lambton Public Health’s website as of 3:45 p.m. Four of the six deaths are linked to Landmark Village seniors’ home in Sarnia, while 11 of those infected are… Read more »

Student-organized ‘Drive By Food Drive’  continues today 

Cathy Dobson When Melanie Rogers gets caught up in the emotion of it all and is tempted to high-five one of her food drive volunteers or donors, she quickly stops herself. “We are following strict COVID-19 protocols,” she says.  “So we are air-fiving instead.” The food drive Rogers and other students in Lambton College’s Social Service… Read more »

Sarnia man still stranded in Peru by Covid-19 pandemic

Troy Shantz A trip of a lifetime has turned into a nightmare for one Sarnia man stuck in Peru for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kurtis Lush is one of about 1,300 Canadians trying to get out of Peru. Three Canadian government chartered planes ferried about 1,200 citizens back home over the past week,… Read more »

ISO live streaming concerts to keep musical beat going

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s downtown has been a quiet place since the COVID-19 state of emergency was declared. “It’s like a tumbleweed scene,” said Anthony Wing, executive director of the International Symphony Orchestra. The ISO’s March concerts were cancelled and the April 24-25 finale is uncertain. To make matters worse, Wing’s office phone and the furnace at… Read more »

Amid closures, churches stay in touch

Troy Shantz Musicians tuned their instruments as a tech crew ensured the sound and lighting was just right at Sarnia’s Temple Baptist Church last weekend. It was a normal church service in every way but for one: the pews were empty. “This is a very unusual Sunday,” lead pastor Donald Calder told more than 200… Read more »

City stops collecting fare on buses, ridership down

Troy Shantz As parts of the city shut down around it, Sarnia Transit is soldiering on. What’s more, the buses are now free to ride and have never been cleaner. On March 20 the city stopped collecting fares and began requiring passengers to use only the rear doors of the bus when getting on and… Read more »

‘Amazing’ husband and dad laid low by hockey injury

Tara Jeffrey Tania Coltman has always seen her dad as ‘unbreakable.’ “He just trucks through everything,” the 41-year-old Sarnia woman said of her father Randy Cuthbert. The retired Bell Canada employee-turned-Lambton Elderly Outreach handyman is also a devoted hockey player. “Anyone who knows him knows he’s very humble, never asks for help, and just loves… Read more »