Lambton Public Health reports eighth COVID-19 case file photo.

Lambton Public Health has reported the eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

A news release late Friday afternoon said the health unit received laboratory notification of the new case in a patient who is hospitalized at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. The patient is in their 70s and is a resident of Lambton County.

Lambton Public Health said it’s in the process of following up with close contacts of the individual.

The investigation is ongoing.

There had been no confirmed cases of the virus in Sarnia-Lambton until Wednesday when lab confirmation came back for five individuals in hospital at Bluewater Health.

Late Thursday afternoon, Bluewater Health reported another two patients were confirmed as having COVID-19.

Those two patients, are in their 70s and 80s, matching the age demographic of others who previously identified in the hospital, and the investigation into their contacts is ongoing.

Lambton Public Health is telling the public that its outgoing phone ID is listed as “private”, so residents may receive a call with that identification.

The health unit also said Friday that given the expectation that the number of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County will continue to increase, it will no longer be issuing media releases to announce each new case. Instead, a local case count (lab confirmed) will be updated daily under the COVID-19 response section of, Monday to Friday, by 12 noon. The exception may be a situation that involves more severity or a significant impact.