Thirteen residents of Sarnia rest home COVID-19 positive


An outbreak at a Sarnia rest home has grown to 13 residents.

Lambton Public Health declared an outbreak at Rosewood Retirement Village on Indian Road six days ago and today is reporting 13 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and one staff member ill.

Rosewood is one of six outbreaks in long term care with only one other where residents are ill. That’s at Afton Park Place in Sarnia where two residents are ill and three staff are ill.

In all, 25 people linked to long term care are COVID-19 positive.

There are 23 schools in Lambton dealing with COVID-19 including North Lambton Secondary School in Forest, St. Peter’s Canisius in Watford, Brooke Central and St. Philip and Lambton Centennial in Petrolia. There are 55 people who are COVID-19 positive in Lambton schools.

Statistics released today show there have been 83 more people test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend including 197 who are actively ill, down 20 from Friday. Another person has passed away with COVID-19. Officials say a man in his 80s was the 49th person to die in Lambton.

And the number of cases which are variants of concern is growing with 89 cases listed as the variants.

Meantime, Lambton Public Health will be vaccinating people 70 and under. Public health opened up registration for the younger age group today.

It’s also opening registration for people in the second phase of the vaccine rollout plan including

  • Elementary and secondary school staff
  • Childcare and licensed foster care workers
  • Faith leaders who provide end of life care, funerals, home visits to the ill, visits in hospital or long-term care
  • Police, fire, compliance, funeral, special constables and other workers responding to critical events
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (includes bylaw enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors)
  • Food manufacturing workers
  • Agricultural and farm workers

Pre-registration is also continuing for the following:

  • Healthcare workers (identified in Phase 1)¬†
  • Adult recipients of Chronic Home Care
  • Urban Indigenous Adults¬†

A total of 20,947 doses have been administered as of Sunday. That represents 18 percent of the eligible population in Lambton County.