Another Lambton resident dies of COVID-19

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Bluewater Health says another Lambton resident has died of COVID-19.

Nine people in all have lost their lives to the virus. Lambton Public Health officials say 98 people have now tested positive as well – that’s up 11 from yesterday.

Some of the new cases are employees at Landmark Village in Sarnia where four people have died from COVID-19. There are 15 residents and seven staff members who tested positive there.

Thirty-six people are receiving treatment in hospital for the virus – 11 are still waiting to hear if they tested positive for COVID-19.

There are also 84 tests outstanding in the community.

So far, 584 tests have been done in Lambton. Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday Ontario has the capacity to process 13,000 tests a day however there were only 2,000 to 3,000 done a day. He has told Public Health Ontario to step up testing.

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, says right now, he’s not sure what that will look like. He says locally, it has been difficult to get the swabs needed for the tests.

“More testing would be better for a number of reasons, we could describe or characterize the outbreak better and we would have a better idea of who is floating around with very mild symptoms. But getting the swabs has been difficult,” he says.

Ranade says more swabs are coming in and that may lead to setting up more testing centers in the community.

Lambton Public Health says eight people have fully recovered in the community.

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