Sarnia-Lambton officials caution volunteers during pandemic

Lambton County administration building on Broadway St in Wyoming. March 22, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, Blackburn News)

Sarnia-Lambton community leaders issued a joint statement Sunday urging volunteers to be cautious and vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lambton County Warden Bill Weber, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Point Edward Mayor Bev Hand, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chief Chris Plain expressed their continued gratitude to the members of the community who have expressed a desire to help by volunteering.

“While we appreciate the sense of civic duty that drive our community members to reach out and offer to volunteer their services, we request that people keep safe and continue to maintain social distancing practices at this time, to help stop the spread of this pandemic,” the statement said. “Our respective communities will work in conjunction with Lambton Public Health officials to coordinate opportunities and for members of the public to volunteer at an appropriate time, and would refer people to the Lambton Public Health website for such
opportunities.”

Those currently volunteering through community groups, are asked to continue to respect safety guidelines issued by Lambton Public Health officials such as continuing to practice social distancing principles, wearing appropriate gloves and masks, and leaving any items delivered outside for pick-up instead of attending at the doors.

The Sarnia Primary Control Group met via teleconference Sunday and confirmed that as of March 22 there were still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton. Public health officials, however, continue to approach the situation as though the virus is circulating throughout the community, and urges the public to strictly follow handwashing, self-isolation, and social distancing instructions.

After an emergency control group meeting Sunday, county officials said testing capabilities are limited in Lambton, due to a limited supply of COVID-19 testing kits world-wide. The county said “local testing is focusing on the critically ill and on business continuity
needs for essential service providers like healthcare workers and others on the front lines.”

Officials said in Lambton County, there have been almost 40 tests returned with negative results.