COVID-19 cases in Lambton spike as Nova reports second outbreak

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Lambton Public Health is reporting 20 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and Nova Chemicals is dealing with another outbreak as the cases continue to rise.

On Friday, Lambton Public Health identified two people at the Rokeby construction site tested positive for the virus. This after seven people contracted the virus at the Nova Corunna Cracker site Dec. 11.

Company spokesperson Julia Iacovella says in a news release “Two contractors have tested positive for COVID-19 and were onsite within the infectious period.”

Iacovella says the people who had been in contact with the employees are being identified as the company works with public health officials to isolate those who may be at risk.

“As a precaution, work has been suspended in the affected area of the construction site until the New Year,” she says adding the manufacturing side is still at work.

The detailed report from Lambton Public Health is not available at 10 am however the figures posted there are 20 more people who have tested positive for the virus. Another nine have recovered and another person – an elderly woman who had been in hospital – has died.

Right now, 49 people are ill with COVID-19 in Lambton.

There is also another additional workplace outbreak.

Ontario is reporting another 2,357 people across the province tested positive with COVID-19 today.

Thursday, Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health warned residents the increasing number of cases is a “warning sign” that COVID-19 is in the community and we have to severely limit our social contacts to stop the spread of the virus.