April 26: Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sarnia region

This chart posted on the Bluewater Health website shows the daily number of admitted patients with COVID-19 at the hospital, since March 30. Handout

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The Sarnia region’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased two to 167, according to numbers posted Saturday evening by Lambton public health.

The number of deaths remains at 14.

Public health said 77 cases had recovered and 11 per cent of 1,496 test results received locally, so far, have been positive for the disease.

Bluewater Health reported Saturday that 11 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were being treated at the hospital. Another seven patients with suspected cases were waiting for test results.

There are two institutional outbreaks, including Landmark Village, a Sarnia retirement residence where there have been 39 confirmed cases – nine staff and 30 residents – and six deaths.

Public health officials said Friday an outbreak is being investigated at Vision Nursing Home, a long-term care facility in Sarnia, where two employees have tested positive.

An outbreak at Lambton Meadowview Villa, a long-term care facility near Petrolia where one worker tested positive, is now considered to be over, public health officials have said.

Ontario said Saturday some front-line workers will begin receiving a temporary boost in pay. They include staff in long-term care home, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care, and some hospital staff.

“It’s time we give something back to those who sacrifice so much day in and day out,” Premier Doug Ford said in a news release.

The government also said Saturday provincial parks will remain closed until May 31.