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

Local

In accordance with the province’s new public health and workplace safety measures City Hall remains closed. Phone calls are being answered during regular business hours and appointments will be arranged for those requiring in-person visits. Please call Customer Service 519 332 0330 x. 3131 or email customerservice@sarnia.ca for arrangements, or visit the City website for many available Online Services.

LPH is advising residents that the highly transmissible Omicron variant is circulating rapidly in Lambton County, and the number of confirmed cases underestimates the true number of residents with COVID-19. Following the identification of the Omicron variant it has quickly become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the province.

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge of cases locally and provincially because of the highly contagious omicron variant spreading in the community. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have also risen.

As provincial testing resources are overwhelmed and exhausted with such widespread infection, indicators like the number of outbreaks, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions are particularly important to understand the nature of the pandemic now.

Clinic Capacity

To provide an extra layer of protection to the region’s most vulnerable, LPH worked to double its vaccination capacity from approximately 3,000 doses a week in early December to 7,000 a week in early January via clinics and mobile delivery. Primary care and pharmacies have also increased their capacity and are on track to deliver another 4,000 doses weekly.

For the latest updates on Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout or to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment please visit GetTheVaccine.ca. LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre is also available to assist from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 226-254-8222.

Provincial Update

In response to recent trends that show an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has temporarily moved the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications until at least January 26, 2022, subject to trends in public health and health system indicators. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout. 

These measures include:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted, and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premises in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas. Rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.
  • School buildings would be permitted to open for childcare operations, including emergency childcare, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
  • During this period of remote learning, free emergency childcare will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.

Please view the regulation for the full list of mandatory public health and workplace safety measures.

COVID-19 Resources

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

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 7,233
Resolved Cases 5,829
Deaths 89
Active Cases 1,315
Current Active Outbreaks 16
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 651.3
Percent Positive – Week of December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 31.2
Immunizations – as of January 5, 2022
Total immunizations given 226,637
First Dose 101,916
Second Dose 96,435
Third Dose 28,286
% Age 5+ with ≥ 1 dose 81
% Age 5+ fully vaccinated 76
% Age 5+ with 3 doses 22

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,306
Total number of emails received 1,949
Total number of phone calls received 357
Total number of charges issued 13

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For further information, please contact:

City of Sarnia, Customer Service
customerservice@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 Ext. 3131