Four outbreaks and 64 new COVID-19 cases in Lambton in two days

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Lambton Public Health Data from Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.

COVID-19 didn’t take a holiday in Lambton County.

In its first report since Thursday, Lambton Public Health says 64 more people have tested positive for the virus in Lambton over the Christmas and Boxing Day period including 11 people in four new outbreaks.

Public health declared four new outbreaks – three in workplaces and one in a school – Saturday.

Darren Rogers, in a news release, says there is one workplace outbreak with five people infected so far. Two other workplace outbreaks have two employees ill. Public health doesn’t identify where workplace outbreaks are unless they are concerned the public may have been exposed and need people to come forward for investigative purposes.

There are also two people at Great Lakes Secondary School who have tested positive.

In all, there have been 641 people infected with COVID-19 in Lambton, up 64 from the last public health report. Officials say 127 people are now actively sick, up 29. Another 35 people have recovered. Twenty-eight people have died in Lambton.

Meantime, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced the first two confirmed cases in Ontario of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the UK yesterday

A couple from Durham with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts were identified with the strain. They’re now in self-isolation as per public health protocols.

“This further reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay home as much as possible and continue to follow all public health advice, including the provincewide shutdown measures beginning today,” says Yaffe.

Officials are concerned about the new strain because it is spread even more easily than COVID-19.

Across Ontario there were 4,301 new cases over the Christmas period. Forty-three families lost loved ones to COVID-19 over the Christmas holiday.

The province is reporting Sunday morning 2,005 people have tested positive; 18 more people have died.