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Virus claims life of sixth city nursing home resident

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Journal Staff

COVID-19 has claimed the life of another resident at Vision Nursing Home, Lambton Public Health said this morning.

In addition, one more residents of the Sarnia long-term care has tested positive.

Six residents have died and 22 infected since the outbreak began April 23. Another 19 staff members have tested positive.

The 41 total cases at Vision have surpassed the 40 recorded at Landmark Village, which battled COVID-19 for six weeks earlier this spring.

Outbreaks at the two city senior homes account for 12 of the 21 local COVID-19 fatalities.

Sarnia-Lambton has had 248 cases of COVID-19, one more than Sunday.

Two were declared virus-free, bringing the total recovered to 177.

In Ontario, more than 2,000 people have died, and the province is experiencing its highest new COVID-19 case count in two weeks.

Against that backdrop, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley warned Sunday that if residents don’t follow the rules in place the amenities now reopening might have to close again.

“Our medical professionals are working day and night and putting their lives at risk for the protection of our community and all citizens,” he said.

“Disobeying provincial laws and guidelines, which are for the protection of us all, undermines the months of sacrifices made by everyone. “

Ontario has extended the emergency restrictions until at least May 29. That includes no social gatherings of more than five people not from the same household.

“Don’t abuse it or lose it,” Bradley said.

Sarnia has received nearly 1,000 complaints and inquiries about emergency violations via email and telephone. Five charges have been laid.



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