Lambton MOH encouraged by latest COVID numbers

Lambton Public Health on Exmouth Street ( file photo by Colin Gowdy)

Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID caseload has increased by eight¬†over the past 17 days now.

Lambton Public Health reported no new cases for a fifth day in a row Tuesday.  Resolved cases and COVID-related deaths were also unchanged from the previous report, keeping active cases at two.

Lambton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade told Stephanie Chaves on CHOK (103.9FM/1070AM) Tuesday morning, that he’s encouraged that there have been no new cases for several days in a row.

“Really positive signs, and I know the labs are running so that’s not what it is, and I know that people are milling around and doing things,” said Dr. Ranade.

He admits he’s worried virus transmission could pick up very quickly among unvaccinated residents this fall, but he’s hopeful with the amount of residents vaccinated locally that it won’t be as bad.

“We know that there are going to be cases of disease, we know that there are going to be cases of other kinds of diseases especially as we start seeing people mingling, more respiratory things, coughs, colds and whatever, but it’s reassuring to see three or four days of zero COVID cases,” he said. “And, it helps to think about a day where we start thinking about COVID more like we think about coughs, colds, and flu and things like that.”

Bluewater Health had no COVID-positive patients Tuesday. The hospital has reported 259 confirmed cases and 53 deaths since March 2020.

Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 3,633 confirmed cases, 3,563 resolved, and 68 COVID-related deaths in Sarnia-Lambton.

-With files from Melanie Irwin and Stephanie Chaves