New youth centre hotline extends telephone counselling to entire community

Cathy Dobson To help children during this difficult time, talk to them directly about COVID-19, a local mental health expert. By not talking about the pandemic, you create fear and anxiety, says Craig McKenzie, director of operations at St. Clair Child & Youth Services. “Chances are your kids know about coronavirus and they need the… Read more »

The Journal going forward

Dear Readers: The Journal is not publishing a print edition of the newspaper this week. Because of the COVID-19 emergency and its devastating impact on our advertisers, we are switching from weekly publication to biweekly publication for the month of April. The next newspaper will come out next week, on April 9. In the meantime… Read more »

Beaches, dog parks, other outdoor facilities ordered closed

Journal Staff Add the beach, sports fields and Sarnia’s two off-leash dog parks to the list of closed facilities. The Ontario government issued the new and additional emergency orders Monday in the effort to continue separating people and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Closed immediately are all public and private shared outdoor recreational… Read more »

Hospital investigating reuse of masks as pandemic impacts stock of protective equipment

Troy Shantz Bluewater Health is considering reusing a certain type of facemask as the COVID-19 outbreak drains supplies of protective gear for staff. “Aside from keeping patients safe, I would say PPE (personal protective equipment) is the number one issue that we’re dealing with,” said hospital communications chief Julia Oosterman. In London, nine nurses who… Read more »

COVID-19: Four deaths, 28 cases confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton’s third and fourth COVID-19 deaths were reported today, with the total number of cases in the county having reached 28. Lambton Public Health said a person in their 70s was admitted to Bluewater health on March 22 and died Sunday. A second person in their 80s was transferred to hospital on March 26… Read more »

2 deaths, 21 cases of COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

Sarnia-Lambton has recorded its first COVID-19 deaths.  Two people, an 80-year-old woman and 80-year-old man, are the region’s first and second deaths of the coronavirus, Bluewater Health said. The total number of confirmed cases in Lambton County reached 21 on Sunday. Fifteen cases are at Bluewater Health, with 20 more in hospital with tests pending…. Read more »

Girls, 6, gets surprise birthday parade

Everly Kohut celebrated her 6th birthday in style on Friday when her family organized a socially distanced birthday parade on Superior Street in Sarnia. Everly stood on the sidewalk with her parents as vehicles paraded past with birthday wishes, including this one decorated by Bentley and Nolan Houle. Submitted Photo

Lambton Public Health reports 8th case of COVID-19

Journal Staff An eighth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Lambton County. The resident, in his or her 70s, is being treated at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Lambton Public Health said late Friday. Health officials are following up with other people who were in close contact with that individual. The first five cases… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – The airport on Toronto Island is named for what famous Canadian aviator and war hero?    2 – Council recently voted to create safety zones of reduced speeds within 150 metres of what four elementary schools?  (Name two for one point)   3 – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, what… Read more »