Lambton Public Health investigating confirmed COVID-19 cases

Lambton’s medical officer of health says Sarnia-Lambton’s five confirmed COVID-19 cases range in age from the late 60s to late 80s and all had underlying health conditions.

Dr. Sudit Ranade told Sue Storr on CHOK (103.9 FM, 1070 AM) Thursday morning, that Lambton Public Health is following up on the social contacts the five had.

“We know that they had a wide variety of social contacts,” said Ranade. “Some of them had as few as two to four people that we’re following up on, and some of them had as many as 130 people that we’re following up on.”

Dr. Ranade said none of the infected individuals had any recent, personal travel history.

“What we need to find out is if any of them were exposed to people who did have a travel history or exposed to some people in common, but right now none of those individuals had a travel history, which is concerning but it just goes back to the things that we’ve been saying for a few weeks — we shouldn’t be relying on travel, we should be considering it as something that’s here and something that’s circulating, because the five we know about are just the tip of the iceberg.”

The medical officer of health said the five cases reported Wednesday were all in hospital at the time of diagnosis.

“Now it’s important to remember that that’s not five cases that all happened at the same time, they just appeared to us at the same time because we got the lab results in a big batch and five of them were positive,” he said.

Dr. Ranade said they still have a limited number of test kits at their assessment centre and Bluewater Health.

“Again, it’s not enough that we could do testing on everyone who wanted to know if they have COVID-19, but it’s enough that we can do testing on people who are critically ill, we can do testing on people who we’re trying to manage in terms of contact tracing, and we can do testing in terms of getting essential workers back to work. Those are kind of some of the priority groups that have been identified.”

For the latest COVID-19 information and updates visit the Lambton Public Health website.

-With files from Sue Storr