UPDATE: New COVID cases linked to ship at Sarnia Harbour

Sarnia Harbour off Exmouth Street. July 2019. (Photo by Google Maps)

Lambton Public Health is investigating verified cases of COVID-19 originating from a commercial ship in Sarnia Harbour.

The City of Sarnia’s Emergency Management Office said the health unit, in collaboration with Transport Canada, removed crew members and transported them to a hotel in Point Edward.

If the public has questions or concerns about safety or potential risk, they’re asked to contact Lambton Public Health directly for further direction or information.

Lambton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade reported earlier on Thursday that the health unit was investigating several COVID cases and close contacts connected to the transportation industry.

“We have been made aware of a small number of cases that are related to the transportation industry, and so we have performed contact investigation and management and are currently isolating five cases and 14 close contacts of those cases,” he said.

Dr. Ranade said the confirmed cases will not be included in Sarnia-Lambton’s daily case count because the primary residences of the five infected individuals are not in Lambton County.

He said further details would not be released for privacy reasons.

Dr. Ranade said they believe there is a low risk of any other ongoing transmission from the source.

The health unit reported one more resolved case on its website Wednesday night, resulting in two active cases.

-With files from Colin Gowdy