Another person with COVID-19 in Lambton dies

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Lambton Public Health officials say another person who had COVID-19 has died.

However Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health is making it clear COVID-19 was a factor in the man’s death but not the main cause.

Dr. Sudit Ranade says a man in his 70s passed away yesterday. He sent condolences out to the family.

But he wanted to make clear that while the man’s death is recorded in the COVID-19 statistics in the county, it was not the main cause of death.

“COVID-19 is part of the causal chain,” Ranade told reporters Thursday. “There was a chronic or pre-exisiting condition exacerbated by COVID-19.

The death linked to COVID-19 is the 26th in Lambton since the pandemic was declared. There have been 440 cases of COVID-19 in Lambton in total including six new cases yesterday.

The workplace outbreak in Lambton, Ranade says, seems to be stable right now with two employees ill. Public health has not identified the workplace however Shell Corunna has confirmed the Sarnia Manufacturing Centre is dealing with two cases of the virus.

Ontario, meantime, had a record high 1,983 cases today. In late November, public health models showed the number of daily cases of COVID-19 reaching the 2,000 mark by mid-December.