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FRIDAY UPDATE: Vision finally free of virus, but outbreak declared at different senior home

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Journal Staff

Two new cases of COVID-19 have appeared in Sarnia-Lambton, one of them a member of staff at Afton Park Place, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

As a result, an outbreak was declared at the long-term care home in Sarnia yesterday. The move came the same day a deadly outbreak at Vision Nursing Home was finally resolved.

The Wellington Street home was in lockdown for eight weeks and became the site of the pandemic’s worst local outbreak, with 26 residents and 28 staff contracting the virus and 10 residents dying.

Bluewater Health is also listed in outbreak, with three COVID-positive staff members in self-isolation.

Sarnia-Lambton has had 281 people test positive since the pandemic began and 25 have died.

As the community enters Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan today it has 15 active cases and no patients in hospital with COVID-19.

Stage 2 means that malls, restaurant patios, pools, beaches, hair salons and other amenities can begin to reopen.

Meanwhile, the area’s two control groups are planning to scale back on their meeting agenda.

The Area Community Primary Control Group (ACPCG) has met seven days a week since March 13. It consists of staff and political leaders from the Sarnia, Point Edward, Aamjiwnaang, Lambton Public Health and Lambton County, providing leadership and helping disseminate information.

Starting next week, the ACPCG will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Sarnia Primary Control Group will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays to ensure all new information regarding the pandemic is acted upon.

Meanwhile, Ontario DriveTest centres will begin reopening on Monday, June 22.

All full-time centres will reopen on Monday with part-time Travel Point locations reopening more gradually.

Applications for G and M Class driver’s licences, driver’s licence exchanges, commercial licence upgrades and renewals, and commercial vehicle operator registration will be accepted, depending on when the applicant was born.

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