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

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:

“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 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”).

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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 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