Local COVID cases trending higher in younger age groups

Covid cases by age Sarnia Lambton. Graph image captured from Lambton Public Health website, August 5, 2020

There are indications Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID-19 cases are evening out across all demographics.

Lambton Public Health said of the 17 most recent cases in the latest spike, eight are in the zero to 19 age category.

There were two aged 20 to 29, one in the 30 to 39 range, four aged 40 to 49, and one each in the 50 to 59 and 60 to 69 categories.

The highest daily surge so far in the pandemic locally, reported July 31, indicated the cases are linked to a few of the same families, predominantly in a rural community, but with connections to family members in urban communities.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade said people need not panic but must realize the virus is still prevalent and is affecting all age groups.

“Whenever we present this kind of data, people automatically think that that means there’s more risk, but I’m really trying to get people to think that the risk is there, as long as the virus is circulating around the world, the risk is there,” said Ranade. “You have to conduct yourself accordingly even if we’ve had a week or so where there weren’t that many cases or a decline in cases.”

Dr. Ranade continues to stress that social interaction is driving the cases and we should keep our social circles as small as possible.

In Sarnia-Lambton 30 percent of the cases are now in the age demographics from 0 to 39, and 70 per cent in the categories from 40 to 80 and above.

There are 319 confirmed cases, 270 of which are resolved, and 25 deaths for a total number of 24 active cases.