Outbreak at Kettle & Stony Point factor in sudden COVID surge

COVID-19 test tube. (Photo from Pixabay)

An outbreak at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is a factor in a surge of new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours.

Lambton Public Health reported 47 new cases Thursday morning, raising the total case count since the end of March, 2020 to 2,163.

It’s the biggest jump in new daily cases locally since January 13 when 59 new cases were reported.  To date, the biggest single day increase in new cases is 85, reported on both January 11 and 12.

Six more cases are considered resolved, pushing the number of active cases to 106, an increase of 41.

There are still six institutional and workplace outbreaks.

The Lambton Kent District School Board is reporting cases linked to three more area schools. Student cases have been reported at King George VI Public School and Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School in Sarnia and at LCCVI in Petrolia. The public board previously reported cases at Colonel Cameron Public School in Corunna, Northern Collegiate and Queen Elizabeth II Public School and Lansdowne Public School in Sarnia, and at Forest’s North Lambton Secondary School.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is still reporting a total of six classes closed after student cases were reported at Gregory A. Hogan in Sarnia, Holy Rosary Wyoming and at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna.

Bluewater Health still has three positive patients in hospital, unchanged from Wednesday.