The Sarnia Primary Control Group met via teleconference on April 7, 2020 at 9:00 am regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We received confirmation that, as of that time, the number of deaths connected to the COVID-19 pandemic within the Sarnia-Lambton area remains at 8 and that there are now 86 confirmed cases within this area.

With the assistance of Lambton County, Lambton Public Health, and Bluewater Health, the City of Sarnia hosted a community news conference on April 7, 2020, at 10:30 AM, to allow community leaders an opportunity to answer questions about the presence of COVID-19 within our community directly.  A recording of the broadcast can be viewed at the City of Sarnia’s COVID-19 web site that can be reached at:     https://www.sarnia.ca/covid-19-information/

Please note that the City is following directions received from the Province of Ontario, which does not mandate the closure of boat launches at this time, and will keep the boat launch located at Centennial Park open. We will continue to monitor compliance with the legal requirements that all users of the launch platforms continue to respect physical distancing guidelines, and the use will be restricted to use by inhabitants of one household at a time, before reassessing whether to keep this boat launch open.

Sarnia Police Services have now confirmed that they have started to lay charges against people known to violate directives and orders adopted to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, including the order that all returning travellers must self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

We remind the public that it remains very important that all community members work together, and strictly adhere to all the directives and orders that have been issued to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. This collective effort is the only way we can beat the COVID-19 virus.

We remind you that the City of Sarnia has established an Email and telephone Hotline contact for members of the public to report their concerns regarding people who do not comply with the directives and orders that were adopted to stop the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The time for education is now over and you can contact the City in the following ways to report activities that violate the directives and orders that have been adopted for our collection protection:

•     By Email: covid@sarnia.ca

•     By Phone: 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642) or

519-332-0330

The hotline will be monitored between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Please be sure to include as much detail as available to you when you report an activity so that we may properly investigate including your name, the date of the incident, the non-compliance event, time and location when making a report.

Transit

Effective Monday, April 6th, Transit will begin operating a Saturday bus service during the week. The main differences between the regular weekday schedule and the Saturday schedule are:

  • Route 9 Exmouth frequency reduction
  • Routes 4/3 Wellington Maxwell are combined
  • Route 6 Mitton does not operate
  • Routes with increased frequency during peak hours have less frequency or, Peak-hour bus frequency on certain routes will be reduced
  • Route 10 Vidal will continue to operate to provide travel to essential employment during the week.

The City of Sarnia would like to remind the public that, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario, all outdoor facilities and their associated parking lots will remain closed until further notice including all of the following:

  • sports fields, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and community gardens.

The advice of the Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ranade, remains that adopting safe hygiene practices such as physical distancing by keeping a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others and not gathering in groups of more than 5, regularly washing our hands, and not touching our faces will significantly help reduce the impact and spread of this pandemic.

Given the rapidly changing situation, we would like to refer concerned community members to the websites for Bluewater Health and for Lambton Public Health for up to date information on the COVID-19 Virus, including the number of active cases within our community:

Bluewater Health:

Lambton Public Health:

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who you believe may have been infected, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

To listen to a detailed listing of City of Sarnia closures and disruptions, you are encouraged to call our City of Sarnia Services Update Line at 226-778-4611 which will be updated daily. 

Lambton Public Health Information:

If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled internationally, please call your health care provider or Lambton Public Health (519-383-8331) or https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/ (Please do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency).

The Primary Control Group will continue to meet daily to ensure that all new and relevant information is being taken into consideration going forward. Daily public notifications will be issued. Please visit the City’s website www.sarnia.ca, Facebook, and/or Twitter for updates.