Coronavirus Canada Update: Two new COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton

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After a bit of a lull in Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID-19 caseload, two more cases have been confirmed by health officials.

There are now 321 in the area, according to Lambton public health’s latest report released late Friday night. Three more people have also recovered from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus for a total of 280.

There are now 16 active cases – one less than the previous day’s report – while 25 people have died, but none since June. About 1.7 per cent of the 18,680 tests have come back positive.

Bluewater Health, with hospitals in Sarnia and Petrolia, hasn’t had a COVID-19 patient in about two months.

Meanwhile, on-site testing at a greenhouse near Forest where two employees previously tested positive for COVID-19 has been completed and all results came back negative. Mobile testing at Roelands Plant Farms wrapped up Tuesday and the company announced Friday in a statement no positive cases were identified.

“It is very likely that the affected employees were never physically at work while infected, but we wanted to make sure that we did not have any internal spread,” co-owner Adrian Roelands said in the statement. “We’ve also been very vigilant about taking precautions over the last months, with extra sanitizing, requirements for masks and distancing, taking temperatures, all of it. But we did want to take this extra step to be sure, and it’s what was recommended to us.”

The company worked closely with Lambton public health throughout the process, it said.

The topic of masks during the ongoing global pandemic continues to be debated throughout the region. Sarnia has mandated masks for indoor public settings through a bylaw and Petrolia is considering the same, but it’s only encouraged and not compulsory throughout the rest of Lambton County.

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