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UPDATE: Two new cases; many services reopening this week

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Journal Staff

The number of COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton is starting to inch up.

Lambton Public Health reported two more this morning, bringing the current number of active cases to nine.

Two weeks ago, Sarnia-Lambton had two active cases, the lowest number since March.

Bluewater Health still has zero patients being treated in hospital for COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, 295 people have tested positive and 261 have recovered.

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, said last week that Ontario cities are seeing increased COVID-19 cases in the 20 to 49 age demographic, with the transmission often linked to parties and social gatherings.

That demographic is an important target audience for communication now that Sarnia-Lambton has entered Stage 3 of reopening, the county said.

Some people may not be staying home when sick, socially distancing, hand cleaning, or wearing masks when distancing isn’t possible, the county said.

Meanwhile, Sarnia’s City Hall, Public Works and Transit offices are reopening today, though citizens are encouraged to call, email and make appointments when possible.

At City Hall, a customer service desk in the main floor lobby is available for payments and service. Entry is off Christina Street.

All washrooms in city parks are now open, and the play equipment in 68 parks —25 play structures, 85 sets of swings, and more than 35 slides – reopen Saturday, Aug. 1.

The Cox Youth Centre pool and splash pad is Tecumseh Park also reopens Saturday, with free public swimming daily until Sunday, Aug. 30.

Times are:

Monday through Friday —11 – 12:30 p.m., 1- 2:30 p.m., 3:30 – 5 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The maximum number of people allowed at each swim session is 75, including lifeguards, staff and parents.










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