The Sarnia Primary Control Group met via teleconference on May 4, 2020, at 9:15 am regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as of that time, received confirmation that the number of deaths connected to the pandemic within the Sarnia-Lambton area remains at 14 and the number of confirmed cases has risen by one since yesterday to 189. Currently, there remains 3 institutional outbreaks declared in Sarnia at Sumac Lodge, Vision Nursing Home and Landmark Village.
Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, a small list of businesses and workplaces have been given the green light to reopen today. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided general recommendations on how the opening of these establishments could be implemented to support safe operations, including strict adherence to health and safety requirements in order to operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional details are available on the Province of Ontario’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
Pending the implementation of Phase 1 of the Government of Ontario’s plan to re-open the economy, on the recommendation of the Sarnia Primary Control Group in consultation with the Sarnia Fire Chief, Mayor Mike Bradley signed and issued Emergency Order No. 2 on May 1, 2020 that will maintain current restrictions on recreational open fires to May 31, 2020 while allowing for the issuance of rural burn permits to better respond to the agricultural sector’s needs and support farming operations within our community who have a need to clear brush.
The Province of Ontario has announced new and amended emergency orders that permit the use of allotment and community gardens. Lambton Public Health has provided educational materials and guidelines designed for community and allotment gardens within Lambton County, that if followed are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Information can be found on the Lambton Public Health website: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/community-gardens-covid-19-guidance/
City staff will be contacting current garden permit holders accordingly.
As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, please note that City facilities, sports fields, organized programming, picnic rentals and other amenities shall remain closed until July 3rd 2020. The timing for the reopening of these facilities and activities will be re-evaluated the second week of June 2020 to align with any announcement by the Government of Ontario of their directives related to social distancing guidelines and public gatherings.
Please note also that the City of Sarnia’s Parks and Recreation department has been networking with an Ontario Municipal Event Planner Group, comprising of over 60 municipalities, as each municipality deals with decisions on the cancellation of Canada Day festivities due to Covid-19. As a result of these collaborative discussions, and in consultation with local and provincial health officials, we confirm that the Sarnia Canada Day festivities and annual fireworks display is cancelled for 2020.
The City has had great success with the COVID-19 reporting hotline, and by continuing to work together through these difficult times, we will stop the spread of COVID-19. By-Law Enforcement has received the following number of complaints and concerns lodged through the COVID-19 reporting system to date:
- Total number of complaints received: 790
- Total number of emails received: 663
- Total number of phone calls received: 127
- Total number of charges laid: 5
Please note the above numbers do not include calls that were received through the Sarnia Police Services and dispatched to By-Law Staff or investigated by the Sarnia Police Services.
The COVID-19 email reporting service is monitored daily including nights and weekends to provide the best available response to public concerns and we continue to encourage residents to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The phone line is available Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:30am – 4:30pm and all messages received after hours are cleared the next business day. The number is 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642).
We would like to refer concerned community members to the websites for Bluewater Health and for Lambton Public Health for up to date information on the COVID-19 Virus, including the number of active cases within our community:
Lambton Public Health:
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who you believe may have been infected, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.
To listen to a detailed listing of City of Sarnia closures and disruptions, you are encouraged to call our City of Sarnia Services Update Line at 226-778-4611 which will be updated daily.
Lambton Public Health Information:
If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled internationally, please call your health care provider or Lambton Public Health (519-383-8331) or https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/ (Please do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency).
The 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.