The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met electronically with staff from Lambton Public Health (LPH), Lambton County, and Point Edward regarding developments related to COVID-19.

Local Update:

The group received an update from Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ranade, regarding the COVID-19 situation in Sarnia-Lambton and discussed the immunization process for vaccines locally, as 600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived on February 5, 2021, which will enable continued immunizations of the first priority groups. More local information on vaccines is available at www.getthevaccine.ca

Students in Sarnia-Lambton returned to school for in-class learning yesterday. Lambton Public Health reminds the community that we all have role to play to make it sustainable. For additional information, please visit: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/preparation-for-a-safe-return-to-schools-in-lambton-county/

“The City of Sarnia recently issued multiple charges under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA); these charges are linked to individuals who attended multiple outdoor organized public events in contravention of the gathering limits,” says Manager of By-Law Enforcement Services.

Charges came following several complaints of a group violating the COVID-19 gathering limit, through multiple organized outdoor events. By-Law Enforcement, together with Sarnia Police Services, following the provincial directive are taking serious any public complaints.

Since the start of the pandemic By-Law Enforcement staff have received 1676 complaints, and issued 7 charges under either the Emergency Management Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) or ROA.

The COVID-19 email reporting service is monitored daily to provide the best available response to public concerns and we continue to encourage residents to email us at covid@sarnia.ca. The phone line is available Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The number is 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642) or 519-332-0330. After hours, calls are to be directed to the Sarnia Police Service general line.

Provincial Update:

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario Government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the Sarnia-Lambton area until February 16, 2021, including the stay-at-home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. The Province will gradually transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”).

For additional information, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60261/ontario-extending-stay-at-home-order-across-most-of-the-province-to-save-lives

The provincial emergency will end as of 11:59 pm, Tuesday February 9, 2021. Orders currently in force under the EMCPA have been extended to February 23, 2021 and will be extended further if necessary.

A full list of emergency orders under the EMPCA as well as orders under the ROA are on the e-Laws website and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Ontario has implemented a six-point plan that includes mandatory on-arrival testing for international travellers to stop the spread of COVID-19 variant.

For more information on COVID-19, visit:

As of 11:30 a.m. on February 9 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County

Confirmed Cases 1,878
Resolved Cases 1,791
Deaths 44
Active Cases 43
Current Active Outbreaks 8
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of January 24-30, 2021 50
Percent Positive – Week of January 24-30, 2021 1.5
Total immunizations given – Week of January 24-30, 2021 499

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 1,676
Total number of emails received 1,417
Total number of phone calls received 259
Total number of charges issued 7