UPDATED: Seven people now COVID-19 positive in Lambton

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Officials with Bluewater Health say there are now seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sarnia.

Yesterday, test results from the province confirmed the first five cases of the flu-like virus in Lambton County – including one woman from Petrolia. Of the five, two were in the intensive care unit. The two newest patients – who according to Bluewater Health Communications Chief Julia Oosterman were confirmed as COVID-19 positive today – are also in intensive care.

“There will be more in the days to come,” says Oosterman adding there are other patients in hospital officials are “presuming to be COVID-19 positive.”

The Sarnia site will be opening is COVID-19 unit Friday morning. It has 40 beds and the hospital has 29 respirators available for those who need the most intense treatment.

Oosterman says Bluewater Health is part of a network of hospitals which share equipment and supplies when they are needed.

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, announced the first positive cases Wednesday. He says public health officials are waiting for results for dozens of tests.

Officials are still getting information about the current patients and the people they have been in contact with over the past 14 days.

Petrolia doctors say none of the first five confirmed cases had been travelling outside of Canada.

Public health officials continue to ask people to stay home unless necessary, if you’re out, stay two meters from other people and wash your hands frequently.

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