Another case of COVID-19 in a Lambton nursing home

Bluewater Health's April 28 graphic showing the number of people in hospital in the community with COVID-19.

Sumac Lodge in Sarnia is the latest local nursing home to report a case of COVID-19.

Lambton Public Health says one staff member tested positive Tuesday. Details of the workers’ condition was not immediately known.

That is the third outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Lambton since March 26. (Lambton Public Health considers one case to be an outbreak.)

The first was in Landmark Village in Sarnia – there, another staff member has tested positive bringing the total number of people with the virus to 40 there. Six people who lived at the retirement home have died.

Vision Nursing home still has an active outbreak also with three residents and two staff members COVID-19 positive.

Public health is in the middle of screening all staff and residents at the 20 long term care and retirement homes in Lambton. Officials have received the results back from 1,895 people, with 178 people testing positive. Eighty-four people have recovered. There have been 14 deaths in the county.

Provincial data shows there have been 154 outbreaks in long term care homes, with 2,491 residents and 1,205 health care workers. Officials say 705 people have died from COVID-19 in long term care – that’s out of 951 people lost to the virus in total.

There are 25 people in hospital with the virus – 12 of those have tested positive and 13 others are presumed to have COVID-19. Across the province, there are 239 people in hospital ICUs with COVID-19 – 187 are on ventilators.