Five ill in workplace outbreak in Lambton

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Lambton Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a workplace.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade would not identify the business where the outbreak is. It is public health’s policy not to provide information that might identify individuals unless there is a broader public health concern.

“One of the things we try to do is not to unintentionally identify people,” he says.
Ranade says two people came in from the same workplace and public health was trying to rule out “other potential exposures.”

As three more people tested positive from the same workplace, Ranade says it became likely the spread was inside the business.

He added public health has to be “reasonably confident the workplace is the likely place of exposure” before declaring an outbreak. Ranade says at least two people have to be ill.

He says none of the people who tested positive in this case have been hospitalized.
As of Tuesday, 327 people have tested positive, up nine cases in one week. There are still 12 people who are ill with COVID-19, 290 have recovered.