Lambton reports 48th COVID-19 death and 41 more cases

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Lambton Public Health is reporting 41 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday and another death a year from when the first case of the virus was reported in Lambton County.

Data released this morning shows there were 222 people ill with COVID-19 today, up 13 from yesterday. There is also another workplace outbreak with five people ill. Public health officials don’t name the workplaces in outbreak.

There are seven outbreaks in long term care with 11 people ill – two are residents.

There are also seven school outbreaks including Brooke Central School, where students returned to class Thursday after working online for the past two weeks.

In the week of March 14 to 20 there were 209 new cases of COVID-19 with over 1,000 contacts.

With all those contacts, the virus testing centers were busier than normal. Officials say 5,227 tests were completed between March 14 and 20 with 3.7 per cent coming back positive. That’s the highest number of tests completed since Jan. 3, the worst peak of the second wave in Lambton.

Public Health data also shows that Lambton’s case per capita case rose dramatically again to 160 cases of COVID-19 for every 100,000 people, up from 119 cases. It’s the second highest in the province, behind Peel.