COVID-19 Update for October 20

Lambton Public Health is now providing a geographical breakdown for the region’s COVID-19 data.

The location of confirmed cases of the virus in Lambton will be shown across five “reporting regions” on the health unit’s website.

“This new tool allows the public to access additional information about COVID-19 cases in their region while keeping the personal health information of those individuals private,” Siobhan Churchill, Epidemiologist with Lambton Public Health said in a news release. “This is an important tool for Lambton County, as it allows the public to visualize how case rates vary across our urban and rural regions, accounting for the fact that some regions have more residents than others.”

Officials say the case map shows where confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lambton County were living at the time of illness. It does not indicate where cases were exposed to COVID-19, and cannot be used to draw conclusions about personal risk.

The report shows the number and rate per 100,000 of COVID-19 cases by reporting region. Users can choose to view case counts and rates based on the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic, or the number of cases in the past month.

Currently, the data for the past month shows eight cases from the North Sarnia/Bright’s Grove reporting region, five from the ‘Rural 1’ region (Petrolia, Enniskillen, Brooke-Alvinston, Oil Springs, St. Clair, Dawn-Euphemia), and five from the South Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang First Nation region.)

Meanwhile, two new cases of the virus were confirmed by the health unit Tuesday, along with one more resolved case, bringing the total active caseload to 11. Two outbreaks declared last week remain in effect — one at Sarnia’s Twin Lakes Terrace where two staff members have tested positive, and another at an unnamed workplace linked to three cases.

There are currently no COVID-positive patients at Bluewater Health. Officials say one patient with the virus has been discharged and transferred to another facility.

No new school-community cases have been reported this week.

Ontario logged a total of 821 cases Tuesday.