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Five more COVID-19 cases reported at city nursing home

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Journal Staff

The COVID-19 outbreak at Sarnia’s Vision Nursing Home shows no signs of abating.

One resident and four more staff members have tested positive for the virus that causes the disease, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

Fifteen residents and 14 staff have now been infected at the long-term care home on Wellington Street.

Four of the home’s residents have died.

The five new cases increase the total number in Sarnia-Lambton to 230. The death toll is 19, unchanged since Sunday.

A total of 167 people have recovered, up four from Tuesday, the health unit said.

Outbreaks continue at two other senior homes, Marshall Gowland Manor (one resident) and Village on the St. Clair (two residents).

Meanwhile, Ontario has extended all emergency orders in force until May 29. They include the closure of bars and restaurants, except for takeout and delivery, and prohibiting social gatherings of more than five people.

Outdoor playgrounds, fitness equipment and public swimming pools and splash pads remain closed, although some outdoor amenities are reopening including picnic sites and benches, the province said.

“The people of Ontario have been doing a fantastic job to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of this terrible virus,” Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday.

“With warmer weather beginning, individuals and families will now be able to enjoy many outdoor amenities, but everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household.”

The government did approve one exemption to the emergency orders, to allow drive-in religious gatherings. Conditions include keeping vehicles two metres apart and only members of the same household can be in the same vehicle.

 

 

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