Lambton considers declaring a state of emergency

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Lambton County’s warden says the emergency control group is considering declaring a state of emergency.

The group met Sunday to talk about the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Warden Bill Weber says they are looking at all options to reduce the spread of the flu-like virus.

“It’s something we need to look at,” Weber says. “We need to make sure the public is protected and realize this is a situation that needs protection.”

Weber says Lambton doesn’t have any COVID-19 cases yet. There have been confirmed cases in Middlesex and Huron-Perth. In Middlesex, the county has begun to close some public buildings. Warwick has also closed its public building as has the Town of Petrolia. 

Here is more from the County of Lambton’s news release:

On the advice of our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton County is encouraging measures for the public to take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our region. Enacting these measures will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Lambton County.

Dr. Ranade strongly recommends practicing enhanced social distancing. This means not just the avoiding large gatherings, but also limiting social interactions beyond essential contact.

In addition, there are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Limit unessential travel

Currently, the following closures and restrictions at County facilities are in place:

  • All programs  have been cancelled  until Sunday, April 5. This includes programs at Lambton County Library locations, Lambton Heritage Museum, Oil Museum of Canada, Lambton County Archives and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery.
  • The Grand Bend Library and the Brigden Library have been closed until Sunday, April 5.
  • Lambton County Long-Term Care Homes have been closed to visitors until further notice. This includes Marshall Gowland Manor, North Lambton Lodge, and Lambton Meadowview Villa. The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario has directed all Long-Term Care Homes in the province to close to all non- essential visitors.Presently, the Administration Building in Wyoming, Lambton Shared Services Centre in Sarnia, and all other County facilities remain open, with the exceptions stated above.We encourage patrons to complete necessary business over the phone or by email where possible to limit social interaction.