The number of COVID-19 cases in the Sarnia area climbed by a total of 37 on Saturday and Sunday, according to Lambton public health.
The agency didn’t update local COVID-19 statistics Monday because of the Family Day holiday.
The total number of local cases, since the pandemic began, sat at 1,946 Sunday, with 84 cases considered active and 1,817 considered resolved.
Bluewater Health reported Monday there were two COVID-19 patients in local hospital.
There have been 45 deaths and, as of Sunday, nine outbreaks at local businesses, long-term care homes and retirement homes, Lambton public health said.
COVID-19 outbreaks were declared Friday at a long-term care facility and a retirement home, both in Sarnia.
Lambton public health said it received lab-confirmed positive test results for one employee at Trillium Villa Long-Term Care Community and one employee at Landmark Village Retirement Home.
A long-term care or other communal living setting outbreak is declared by the public health agency when there is one or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 and possible exposure to others in the setting.
Residents and staff at the facilities involved in the new outbreaks are all being tested, the agency said in a news release Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the Lambton COVID-19 Immunization Task Force said the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to every long-term care and high-risk retirement home resident in Lambton County who wanted one.
First doses of the Moderna vaccine were also given to Indigenous elder-careare home residents on Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, and Walpole Island First Nation.
“The mobile team has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to accomplish this,” Dr. Sudit Ranade, medical officer of health for Lambton County, said in a news release. “We have established an efficient process and look forward to receiving more doses of the vaccine, so we can continue to protect our most vulnerable residents with their second dose.”
Ranade said that while the administration of vaccines is positive news, he urged the public to maintain efforts to slow the spread of the disease.
“It is important to maintain all the public-health measures that have been put in place over the last several months, including social distancing, staying at home if you’re sick, wearing a face covering or mask, going out only for essential items, and limiting contact to only people you live with,” he said.
The province said Friday that Lambton will move Tuesday into the orange, or restrict, level of Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework when the lockdown and stay-at-home order expire.
Restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities will be allowed to reopen under guidelines that include limiting capacity and hours of operation similar to those experienced in the region prior to the Boxing Day lockdown. Retail stores are allowed to reopen as well, but with some new rules including passive screening of patrons and a COVID-19 safety plan made available upon request.
Visitor restrictions for long-term care homes apply in public health regions in the orange-restrict level or higher. Long-term care homes must also implement enhanced testing requirements.
Limits for organized public events and social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained are 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities are 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are 30 per cent of the space’s capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors.
More detailed information is available online at ontario.ca/covidresponse.