Several cases of COVID-19 in Lambton County have been connected to recent adult recreational hockey games while a new outbreak was declared at the corporation of the City of Sarnia after five employees tested positive for the disease.
Lambton public health issued a news release Tuesday advising adults who have played recreational hockey in Lambton during the past two to three weeks to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they appear.
“Monitoring for symptoms is an important first step,” Dr. Sudit Ranade, the medical officer of health for Lambton County, said in the release. “If you detect symptoms, even mild ones, self-isolate immediately so others around you are not exposed. Next, book an appointment to get tested for COVID-19 so we can determine if other close contacts may be impacted.”
The public health agency said contact tracing identified several confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contact exposures connected to adult recreational hockey in multiple locations across the county.
“Individuals must take the necessary precautions or the virus will continue to spread,” the agency said.
The city also issued a news release Tuesday saying public health officials declared an outbreak after two Sarnia Transit employees, two employees at city hall and one at public works tested positive.
“There is low risk to the public,” the city’s new release said. “City hall remains closed. However, services are available online, over the phone and by email during business hours.”
The release noted the city has implemented extra measures to prevent spread among staff, including a “deep clean” of work locations and having some employees temporarily work from home.
Lambton public health reported 19 new local cases of COVID-19 in the Sarnia area Tuesday. That takes the total number of confirmed local cases to 692 since the pandemic began.
The public health agency said there were 152 active local cases Tuesday, which is up nine from the day before.
A total of 512 cases were listed as resolved while the number of deaths remained at 28.
Bluewater Health reported Tuesday four patients with COVID-19 were in local hospitals.
The public health agency said recent cases in Lambton have involved a number of settings, including workplaces, events, recreational activities and schools.
“If you do have any cold-like symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19 and remember to stay home and self-isolate,” the agency said.
Ranade said it was critical for people who have potentially been exposed to the virus to be honest with the health authority contact-tracing team.
“If Lambton public health contacts you, be honest and understand that isolating close contacts is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
“Early detection through screening, continued social distancing and following public-health measures provide control measures that all work together to limit community transmission,” he said.