Local COVID cases trend higher as immunization efforts continue

COVID-19 test tube. (Photo from Pixabay)

Lambton Public Health reported nearly two dozen new cases of COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton Friday.

The health unit said there were 23 new confirmed infections for a total of 2,323 since March 25, 2020.

Cases considered resolved increased by 16 to 2,118, putting the active case count at 159, an increase of seven over the last 24 hours.

There are now 10 active institutional, school and workplace outbreaks, up from eight on Thursday. One staff member at both Trillium Villa Nursing Home and Vision Nursing Home have tested positive.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board reported positive cases linked to four Lambton schools. Those at Holy Rosary in Wyoming have been cleared.

There are five positive patients in hospital according to Bluewater Health, up from four, with none in intensive care.

The local Immunization Task Force reported Thursday that a total of 9,414 doses of vaccine have been given in Lambton County since the beginning of the vaccine rollout on January 26. There’s been 8,600 first doses administered and 814 second doses. The Mobile Immunization Team was on track to complete second doses of the Moderna vaccine to all residents of long-term care, high-risk retirement home and Indigenous Elder Care lodges by Friday, March 12. Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for all non-high-risk retirement homes residents will be completed by March 23.

The team was also continuing to work in partnership with Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation to hold onsite clinics.