No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sarnia-Lambton for a third straight day.
Lambton Public Health said this morning the total case number held steady at 285, deaths are unchanged at 25, and 245 people have recovered from the virus, one more than Monday and up 10 in a week.
Those encouraging numbers come despite health officials receiving 1,500 additional test results over the past week. Nearly 11,000 tests have been administered since the pandemic arrived in March, with 2.6% coming back positive.
Two institutional outbreaks are being monitored: Afton Park Place (1 staff member) and Bluewater Health (four staff members).
The hospital has had zero COVID-19 patients in its care for more than a week.
Meanwhile, the social events listed in Sarnia’s Summer Activity Guide have been cancelled until at least July 3, City Hall said. That includes recreation programs, arena and facility bookings, summer concerts, festivals and other events.
The programming has been impacted by City Hall’s cost mitigation strategy.
“Council’s doing everything it can to work with the business community, with labour, to see how we can continue to assist people,” said Mayor Mike Bradley.
“We’re tightening up our spending. We cut over $2 million, which means less service to the community.”
The city is offering support to businesses that want to expand their outdoor presence, such as with an outdoor patio.
Businesses are asked to notify the city of their temporary expansion or establishment of a patio, and liquor licensees that want to expand or add a new licensed patio need to obtain approval first. For more visit: https://www.sarnia.ca/looking-to-add-an-outdoor-space-your-business/