An epidemic linked to a temporary COVID-19 unit at Bluewater Health, where four staff members tested positive for the disease, ended on Saturday.
The unit was established to treat residents of the visual care home with illness caused by the new coronavirus following an outbreak in the long-term care home in Sarnia. The Bluewater Health unit closed on June 15 and an outbreak was reported on June 17 after staff members tested positive.
The hospital said on Saturday that there were 14 days since the last COVID-19-positive staff member began isolating themselves and the outbreak was declared by the hospital, in consultation with Lambton Public Health .
“Bluewater Health is grateful for the support of all staff and professional staff, the COVID-19 collection team and the community during this unprecedented period,” the hospital said in a statement.
He added that there were currently no positive patients for COVID in acute care in the hospital.
Lambton Public Health said in its daily report published online Saturday evening that a local institutional outbreak continues at Afton Park Place where a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This outbreak was declared on June 18.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Sarnia area decreased from one to seven in Saturday’s report from the public health agency.
The total number of local cases remained at 285. There had been no new test-confirmed cases in the community in a week.
Of the 11,898 local test results received to date, 2.4% have been positive for the disease.
Lambton County, including Sarnia, is in the second phase of the COVID-19 reopening process in Ontario since June 19, when hair salons, malls, restaurant terraces and some other businesses were taken over. allowed to reopen, and the rules on social gatherings have changed.
“What we want to do is anticipate what will happen in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton’s medical officer of health. “This will reflect data from the days when people were starting to increase their social networks and their use of different public settings.”
On Monday, a team from Bluewater Health, Lambton Emergency Medical Services and Lambton Public Health is about to begin testing for COVID-19 on four farms in the area. This comes as epidemics among migrant workers have hit other parts of the province.
Bluewater Health said the mobile unit is designed to go to farms and test on the spot, and includes team members who speak Spanish.
Ranade said there have been no local agriculture-related outbreaks so far.
Lambton Public Health reports that 27% of local COVID-19 cases have been identified in county areas outside of Sarnia and Point Edward.