Sarnia-Lambton's number of active COVID-19 cases fell by one to six late Sunday, Lambton public health reported.
Sarnia-Lambton’s only remaining COVID-19 outbreak could be over soon, the area’s medical officer of health says.
“I anticipate later this week, as long as there are no new cases, that we’ll be able to declare that outbreak over as well,” Dr. Sudit Ranade said about the outbreak at Afton Park Place long-term care home in Sarnia, which started June 18 after a single staff member tested positive.
An outbreak connected to a temporary COVID-19 unit at Bluewater Health, where four staff members tested positive for the disease, ended Saturday.
The hospital unit was set up to treat residents of Vision Nursing Home with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus following an outbreak at the Sarnia long-term care home. The unit at Bluewater Health closed June 15 and an outbreak was declared June 17 after the staff members tested positive.
Bluewater Health said Saturday it had been 14 days since the last COVID-19-positive staff member began self-isolation, so the outbreak was declared over by the hospital group in consultation with Lambton public health.
“Bluewater Health is grateful for the support of all staff and professional staff, the COVID-19 swabbing team, and the community during this unprecedented time,” Bluewater Health officials said in a statement.
Bluewater Health has had zero COVID-19 positive patients in hospital care since June 14.
Sarnia-Lambton’s number of active COVID-19 cases also fell by one to six Sunday, public health reported.
The total number of cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases remained at 285. That figure hasn’t changed since June 21.
Of those, 254 cases have been resolved.
There have been 25 COVID-19 deaths but none since June 6.
Of the 12,080 test results received to date, 2.4 per cent have been positive for COVID-19, public health officials said.
The outbreak at Afton Park Place is the ninth in Sarnia-Lambton since the first at Landmark Village retirement home in Sarnia was declared March 26.
There have been 105 cases and 16 deaths related to outbreaks in Sarnia-Lambton, public health said.
This week, public health is staying vigilant for any resurgence in COVID-19 after provincial stage-two reopenings started more than two weeks ago, Ranade said.
“This week we’re looking to to see if there’s any impact from those changes.”
Those included allowing churches to open with 30 per cent occupancy, and increasing to 10 from five the number of people that could gather.
On June 19, barber shops, shopping malls, restaurant patios and some other businesses in Sarnia-Lambton were allowed to open their doors again.
On Monday, a team from Bluewater Health, Lambton Emergency Medical Services and Lambton public health began testing for COVID-19 at four farms in the area. Outbreaks among migrant workers have hit other areas in the province, including nearby Chatham-Kent and Essex County.
Bluewater Health said the mobile unit is designed to go to farms and test on site, and includes team members who speak Spanish.
Ranade said there have been no local outbreaks related to agriculture.
Public health is reporting 27 per cent of local COVID-19 cases have been identified in areas of the county outside of Sarnia and Point Edward.