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UPDATED: Sarnia hospital sent home last COVID-19 patient today

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Journal Staff

Bluewater Health has achieved a milestone, having zero confirmed COVID-19 patients in acute care as of 9:30 a.m. today.

It’s the first time that’s happened since March 21 when the pandemic arrived and first local hospitalizations began.

The last patient discharged this morning was a resident of Vision Nursing Home who was transferred to the hospital on May 29 as part of an effort to control an outbreak at the home that began April 23.

Seven other residents of the Wellington Street facility went home Friday, the hospital said.

“While we recognize that the virus is still in our community, today does mark a milestone,” said hospital President and CEO Mike Lapaine.

“We must remain vigilant and know that tomorrow we may have more admissions. Overall we know we are trending the right way, but we are not fully out of the woods yet. That said, it is a day worth pause and celebration.”

Bluewater Health is continuing to support Vision in its ongoing efforts to control the virus with weekly audits and the continued presence of some staff, the hospital said.

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