Lambton inches toward 1,000 COVID-19 cases since March

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Lambton Public Health graphic showing the trend of cases reported since the pandemic began.

Lambton County is about to reach an unenviable milestone.

Monday, statistics released by Lambton Public Health show there have now been 999 people test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

Sixty four new cases were reported Monday, with 293 people actively ill right now – 31 more than yesterday. There are also 34 people who are listed as recovered. Bluewater Health says it is treating six patients with COVID-19.

People getting COVID-19 tests in Lambton are waiting longer for results. University of Toronto data shows only nine percent of the tests come back in 24 hours. Compare that to Peel Region, where 68 per cent of the tests results are available in a day.

Public health says that there were 93 COVID-19 positive cases Dec. 31, 48 on Jan. 1, 71 on Jan. 2, and 38 on Jan. 3.

The province is reporting 3,270 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario today. Twenty-nine more people died.

One third of all long term care homes in Ontario are in outbreak because of the virus, with 1,160 residents COVID-19 positive – that’s up 20 from a day ago. There were 14 deaths in long term care yesterday.

In Lambton, there are six homes dealing with COVID-19.

Two staff at Lambton Meadowview in Petrolia are ill, North Lambton Lodge in Forest has one resident who tested positive for the virus while in hospital. Vision Nursing Home in Sarnia has two residents ill, both Village on the St. Clair and Trillium Villa have two workers COVID-19 positive, while Afton Park in Sarnia has one.

There are eight workplace outbreaks with 28 cases in total, including an outbreak at Sarnia City Hall.