A Petrolia doctor is warning the next two weeks will be critical to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Five people – one of whom was treated at Petrolia’s Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital on the weekend – have tested positive with COVID-19. All are in Bluewater Health’s COVID-19 Unit in Sarnia. Two are in intensive care according to Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher in a video posted by the Central Lambton Family Health Team Wednesday night.
“There is a strong suggestion the people who have this have no travel history…we now have community spread.
“It’s out there. It is in Lambton County. We are anticipating more people have been exposed and more people are going to be sick,” says Al Dhahar adding officials are waiting for more test results which doctors believe are positive for the virus.
Al-Dhahr asked residents not to panic but says ‘this is a very serious situation.. Please self-isolate. I can’t stress that enough.
“The next two weeks are going to be critical. We could be on the same trajectory as other countries…Stay home.”
Public health officials have been urging people to stay at home, leaving only for essential work or getting groceries, when you are out, stay about two meters away from other people, wash your hands frequently, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow.