Sarnia-area COVID-19 caseload holds steady

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The Sarnia-area’s COVID-19 caseload was unchanged in Lambton public health’s daily report posted online Monday evening.

There were three active local cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and a total of 346 cases confirmed locally since the pandemic began. Of those, 318 are resolved while there have been 25 deaths.

The public health agency said it would no longer post daily totals of the number of local test results. That total will now be updated weekly, it said.

Females make up 57 per cent of local cases, and 18 per cent have been health-care workers.

The agency said 69 per cent of local cases have been individuals in Sarnia and Point Edward, with 31 per cent in Lambton County’s other municipalities.

So far, 41 per cent of local cases were traced to close contact and 34 per cent to local outbreaks. The agency is currently reporting no local outbreaks in long-term care, retirement homes, hospitals or workplaces.

The agency said the source of the exposure causing 23 per cent of local cases is unknown and two per cent were connected to travel.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 58 local residents have been hospitalized.

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