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

Lambton Public Health

Effective today, Group 2 of essential frontline workers who cannot work from home (according to the Province’s Phase 2 immunization rollout) are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. This includes grocery store, restaurant, transportation, and construction workers. Note: you must live or work in Lambton County to register for your vaccine in the region. Individuals with Highest-Risk, High-Risk and At-Risk health conditions such as dementia and diabetes may also continue to register for their immunization appointments.

Beginning on Thursday, May 13, individuals 40 years of age and older (or those who are turning 40 in 2021) are also permitted to book their vaccination appointments.

In addition, the Province is adding High-Risk Healthcare Workers, dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals to the list of those eligible to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the extended four-month interval. Booking details are in process and more information will be provided soon.

If you’re eligible and would like to book your vaccination go to Lambton Public Health’s registration page. Please be patient, clinics are booking quickly. If clinics are fully booked, check back often, additional clinics will be open for booking as vaccine supply is confirmed.

LPH’s Vaccine Call Centre operates from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be reached at226-254-8222or visit the Contact Us page on the LPH website.

LPH’s main phone number (519-383-8331) is in operation from Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for those looking to speak to someone regarding case and contact management (contract tracing), queries related to the health unit’s regular services/programs, and all other COVID-19 related questions.

Please visit GetTheVaccine.ca for the latest updates on the vaccine roll-out plan in Sarnia-Lambton.

Municipal Update

Due to the continued changes in the Provincial Framework impacting measures associated with organized public events and outdoor gatherings, the City has cancelled all outdoor, in person events on municipal property until July 4, 2021.

Any organized events taking place on private property that require municipal exemptions and licenses will be given consideration if events adhere to the requirements laid out in the Provincial Framework and are given approval from Lambton Public Health.

Celebrations may look different this year, but we encourage you to participate in our city and local community events, individually or virtually.

View a list of Community Events typically held on municipal property that will be going virtual this year on the City’s website: https://www.sarnia.ca/community-events/

Provincial Update

The Province has updated the list of who will be eligible to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible individuals can schedule an appointment through the provincial booking system, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. This builds upon the eligibility of those aged 18 and over in hot spot areas and is aligned with the rollout announced on May 2, 2021.

For more information visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative for small and medium-sized businesses across the province. Ontario has also released guidance for individuals or organizations that choose to participate in COVID-19 testing that falls outside of the public health care system, to ensure there is appropriate oversight and consumer protection and that public resources are supporting public health initiatives.

To contact participating local chambers of commerce and boards of trade about the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative, visit the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

The Provincial Stay-at-Home Order is in effect until May 20, 2021 and the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (colour-coded zones) remains paused. These measures have been put in place to help stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives.

The Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

It is strongly recommended to avoid all non-essential travel. Travel from Manitoba or Quebec into Ontario is also restricted. Exemptions will only be allowed for specified reasons. For more information: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

COVID-19 Resources

Business owners/operators are not expected to engage in confrontations with members of the public who are not wearing a face covering. We suggest business owners/operators politely remind patrons of the By-law requirement.

Businesses also have the right to create additional standards over and above this by-law, pursuant to the Trespass to Property Act and their responsibilities under the Occupier’s Liability Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Residents must supply their own face covering. Some business owners/operators will supply masks but they are not required to do so.Residents must supply their own face covering. Some business owners/operators will supply masks but they are not required to do so.As of 11:30 a.m. on May 11 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 3,336
Resolved Cases 3,207
Deaths 56
Active Cases 73
Current Active Outbreaks 4
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of April 25- May 1, 2021 53
Percent Positive – Week of April 25 – May 1, 2021 1.9
Total immunizations given – As of May 5, 2021 52,257
First Dose 49,067
Second Dose 3,190
% Eligible with > 1 Dose 45

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,031
Total number of emails received 1,701
Total number of phone calls received 330
Total number of charges issued 13

For further information, please contact:
City of Sarnia, Customer Service
customerservice@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 Ext. 3131