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

Individuals 12 years of age and older (or those turning 12 in 2021) are eligible to book a vaccine appointment.

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 dedicated Vaccine Call Centre, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 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.

Provincial Update

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released the Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the Province and gradually lift public health measures based on Provincewide vaccination rates and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

On May 22, 2021, the Province reopened many outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, such as the need to maintain physical distancing. These amenities include but are not limited to golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, splash and spray pads and skate parks. Outdoor sports or recreational classes are not permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events have been expanded to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the Provincewide emergency brake remain in effect while the Province assesses when it will be moving to Step One of the roadmap with the Stay at Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) expiring on June 2, 2021.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the Provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The Province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

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 25 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 3,459
Resolved Cases 3,344
Deaths 60
Active Cases 55
Current Active Outbreaks 3
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of May 9 – May 15, 2021 57
Percent Positive – Week of May 9 – May 15, 2021 2.2
Total immunizations given – As of May 19, 2021 61,367
First Dose 56,504
Second Dose 4,863
% Eligible with > 1 Dose 51

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,075
Total number of emails received 1,735
Total number of phone calls received 340
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