COVID-19 testing ramping up in Lambton

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A graph from Bluewater Health showing the daily number of people confirmed with the virus in Sarnia's COVID-19 unit.

It appears more tests for COVID-19 are being done in Lambton.

Premier Doug Ford has pushed Public Health Ontario to increase the amount of testing in the province. Last week, the province had the supplies in place to test 13,000 people a day, said Ford. About 3,500 were being done a day across the province.

Public Health then ordered increased testing including all residents of nursing home and retirement homes, health care workers.

In Lambton, Sunday, there were 107 test completed, bringing the total number of tests to 788 since late March. Four days earlier, only 327 tests had been done in the region. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade said at the time they had been limiting the number of tests because the swabs needed to complete them were not available.

There are now 118 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lambton. Ten people have died, including six at Landmark Retirement Village. Twenty others have now recovered.

Public health says it is waiting on the results of 144 tests now including nine people in hospital presumed to have the virus. Another 25 people are in Bluewater Health’s COVID-19 unit now.