The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met via teleconference on June 11, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County of Lambton Social Services division has confirmed child care centres in Sarnia-Lambton will only be reopening once they are prepared to do so. Social Services is working closely with Lambton Public Health, and Child Care Operators to review new Provincial guidelines in order to implement COVID-19 safety measures and develop a reopening strategy.

At this time, there is no confirmed date as to when licensed childcare centres in Sarnia-Lambton will reopen.

Sarnia Transit continues to operate for essential trips only, within a modified Sunday service, and limited capacity. Fares will be reinstated June 15, 2020 at a new rate of $1.50, half the normal rate. For the safety of drivers and passengers, traditional transfers will not be issued due to pandemic measures. 

For regular transit users, purchasing a monthly pass or sheets of tickets is still the most economical method. Monthly passes for June have been pro-rated to $40.00, and seniors passes have been pro-rated to $32.00. Cost of a sheet of 20 tickets has been reduced to $30. Anyone needing to exchange tickets purchased prior to the pandemic can do so by contacting Sarnia Transit at transit@sarnia.ca or (519) 336-3271. A pass for use in July and August, called a Summer Savings pass, is available for $114, which works out to $57 per month. For more details visit: https://www.sarnia.ca/transit-updates/ 

The City’s top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of the citizens of Sarnia. In order to better prepare for when Sarnia enters Stage 2, the SPCG continues to have daily discussions related to the details released by the Province surrounding the next stage of reopening and what that will look like for Sarnia.

As of 9:00 a.m. on June 11 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County

Test Results Received (as per last available daily update) 8,811
Percent of Test Results Positive 3.1%
Confirmed Cases 271
Recovered Cases 233
Number of Related Deaths 25
Current Active Long Term Care and Retirement Home Outbreaks 1
Resolved Long Term Care and Retirement Home Outbreaks 6

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 1,112
Total number of emails received 920
Total number of phone calls received 192
Total number of fines issued 5

Lambton Public Health

  • If you are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to an Assessment Centre. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms, please self-isolate and use the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need to seek further care.

Provincial Orders

Following A Framework for Reopening our Province the list of essential workplaces continues to be updated, and can be viewed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.

The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 30, 2020.

The Government of Ontario has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19, 2020.

The Sarnia 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.