Three new COVID cases, city extends relief measures

This chart indicates the number of active local COVID-19 cases, minus fatalities and people who have recovered, as of Monday, May 11. Troy Shantz, The Journal

Journal Staff

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton, and three additional people have recovered, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

Some 203 people have now been confirmed with SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and 145 have recovered.

The dead toll is unchanged at 17, and one senior home continues to contend with a deadly outbreak. Eight residents and two staff at Sarnia’s Vision Nursing Home have tested positive since April 23. Three residents have died.

Meanwhile, Sarnia has extended COVID-19 relief measures to the end of June.

Interest and late fees on property taxes, water and sewer services and other invoices are postponed until June 30, council decided Monday. That will impact city books by $210,000, staff said.

Councillors Margaret Bird and Mike Stark supported the idea of restoring transit fees on city buses.

But Mayor Mike Bradley said it’s too soon for that.

“None of us know where we’re going to be in a month, none of us know where we’re going to be in two months,” he told the web-streamed meeting.

Council also directed staff to extend parking passes.

Sarnia is currently facing an overall deficit of $667,000, staff estimates.

Rent due on city-leased properties was deferred until June 30, with the stipulation the city receive the support coming from the federal government.

And fees owed by the Sarnia Sting hockey club were cut by about $15,000, the equivalent of gate receipts for four home games cancelled by the Ontario Hockey League.