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

LPH is happy to announce it’s expanding booking eligibility at the region’s largest fixed site immunization clinic to individuals 12 years of age and older (or those turning 12 in 2021).

Those who are 18 years of age and older may book at any available clinic. If you’re eligible and would like to schedule an appointment, please go to LPH’s registration page. Please be patient as clinics are booking up quickly. If clinics are fully booked, check back often. Additional clinics will be added as vaccine supply is confirmed.

In addition, LPH is developing a strategy to ensure every Lambton County resident receives a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at an appropriate time.

Residents with COVID-19 vaccine inquiries or those who are having difficulty booking their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online are asked to call LPH’s new dedicated Vaccine Call Centre which is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new Vaccine Call Centre can be reached at 226-254-8222 or visit the Contact Us page on LambtonPublicHealth.ca.

For the latest updates on Lambton County’s COVID-19 Immunization Rollout please visit GetTheVaccine.ca.

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.

Provincial Update

The government is extending booking eligibility at mass immunization clinics to individuals aged 18 and over. This high number of doses is due to an early delivery of the week of May 24 shipment, to accommodate the long weekend, and is an opportunity for the province to offer an appointment to receive the vaccine to more Ontarians ahead of schedule.

Effective today, individuals aged 18 and over in 2021 across Ontario will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

Individuals who are 17 years old and are turning 18 in 2021 will also be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment only for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in youth aged 12 and over. The provincial booking system will note which clinics are not offering vaccines for those who are 17 years old. For more information visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

The Provincial Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) has been extended until June 2, 2021 and the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (colour-coded zones) remains paused. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. 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 18 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 3,411
Resolved Cases 3,280
Deaths 58
Active Cases 73
Current Active Outbreaks 4
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of May 2 – May 8, 2021 53
Percent Positive – Week of May 2 – May 8, 2021 2.0
Total immunizations given – As of May 12, 2021 55,209
First Dose 51,890
Second Dose 3,319
% Eligible with > 1 Dose 47

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,050
Total number of emails received 1,715
Total number of phone calls received 335
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