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Just one new COVID-19 case, emergency orders extended

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Journal Staff

There is little change in the COVID-19 outbreak today, with one new confirmed case and one more person recovering in Sarnia-Lambton, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

A total of 204 people have now been infected and 146 have recovered.

Seventeen people have died of COVID-19, and one institutional outbreak is ongoing. Ten residents and staff at Vision Nursing Home have been infected and three residents have died.

At Bluewater Health, seven patients are being treated for the disease with another 15 awaiting test results.

On Tuesday, Ontario extended its emergency declaration two more weeks, to June 2 from May 19. The extension is needed to ensure there is enough health care capacity to contain the virus while gradually reopening businesses, services and amenities, the province said.

Among other things, the emergency rules prohibit events and gatherings of more than five people, and restrict employees of retirement and long-term care homes from working in more than one facility.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Meanwhile, Lambton County is asking all residents to avoid unnecessary travel, and that includes travelling to a cottage during the coming holiday weekend.

“However, if you absolutely must travel to your additional property, we ask that you bring all supplies and resources with you and follow all public health recommendations including practicing physical distancing and proper hand hygiene,” the county said.

To ensure that people who choose to wear a mask in public are doing it safely, Lambton Public Health has a video on how to properly don, wear and remove a mask, on it How to protect yourself page.


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