Public health working harder to track down contacts of COVID-19 patients

Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton's Acting Medical Officer of Health,

Lambton’s medical officer of health says there will be a lot more people to track down after someone tests positive for COVID-19 than at the beginning of the pandemic.

Public health statistics show in the last week officials have had 25 people test positive with COVID-19. Sixty-five people had to be contacted to let them know about the COVID-19 cases. And for the first time since the data has been collected, Lambton Public Health didn’t contact 90 per cent of the people involved in 24 hours.

Dr. Sudit Ranade says since everyone is moving around more, coming into contact with more people and that takes more time to follow up.

“Earlier on where it used to be, when we would get a case and we say ‘what have you been doing the last little while?’ and most of the time and the answer has been ‘We’re not doing much because there’s nothing else to do.’

“So there would be few potential contacts and now we’re seeing more contacts…people are doing more things, and with it is more settings where they think they may have actually has close contact with people.”

Ranade says it is expected that as more business open and people start moving around more, there will be more cases of COVID-19 again.

There are 13 active cases including five new cases reported on Sunday. So far, 326 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lambton, 25 have died and 288 have recovered.