Lambton has seven workplace COVID-19 outbreaks

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Lambton Public Health says there are now seven workplace COVID-19 outbreaks including one at a long term care home.

Statistics released Monday morning show six more people tested positive for the virus in Lambton. Over the weekend, 40 cases were confirmed. There are now 66 people who are ill with the virus.

Some of the spread is in workplaces.

Twin Terraces in Sarnia reported two employees tested positive for the virus. The home is now in outbreak status, which limits the visitors which can come into the home.

Nova Chemical reported a second outbreak over the weekend. At least two contractors were ill at the Rokeby construction site. Seven workers at the Corunna Cracker construction site were also ill. The operation is still running but non-essential workers are at home until at least the new year.

Details of the other outbreaks have yet to be released by public health.

Over the weekend, public health officials said much of the spread in Lambton is due to social gatherings including meat raffles and dart leagues as well as workplace social gatherings over Christmas.

Numerous reports say Premier Doug Ford will announce a province wide lockdown which will begin Dec. 24 at 1 pm to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.