Effective December 26, 2020
While COVID-19 has impacted all of us, there are individuals who may be at a greater risk of poor health from COVID-19 due to factors such as age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, existing health conditions, ability, income, transportation, social isolation, or difficulty accessing culturally appropriate health services. This section is for individuals who may need extra support and also for the agencies and caregivers who provide support to individuals at risk during COVID-19.
As of Thursday, January 14 at 12:01am, the province of Ontario is under a state of emergency and stay at home orders. Detailed information is available at COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions.
How can I get information on:
The Family Counselling Centre (FCC) provides a single-point access for older adults in Lambton County to connect to services for health, social, or other needs.
Older adults, caregivers, and family members can call one number to access a wide array of support services to help them thrive at home while reducing their risk for COVID-19. Contact 519-336-0120 ext 251 or visit the Family Counselling Centre’s website.
In lockdown, public events and social gatherings are not permitted. Trips outside the home should only be for essential reasons which may include assisting vulnerable individuals.
Guidance for Food Assistance and Emergency Food Programs – For those receiving and distributing food donations during COVID-19
Training Resources and Supports – A curated list of videos and training documents for organizers and volunteers participating in events
Guidance for Food Donations During COVID-19 – Measures for donating safely
Interested in staying connected or giving back through volunteering?
Find volunteer opportunities at SPARK Ontario.
To volunteer safely:
Consider your own health before volunteering. If you are at greater risk of poor health from COVID-19, you may want to consider ways of volunteering that do not increase your potential for contact with COVID-19. There are many ways to give back to your community, for more ways to help go to #LambtonStrong.
Stay home if you’re sick. Screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms or this Ontario Self-Assessment before participating. If you have any of the symptoms, stay home.
Practice physical distancing with individuals outside your household.
Wear a proper mask or face covering if distancing is not possible.
Wash your hands frequently, and before and after interacting with someone.
If you’re dropping something off call or text to let them know their items are at the door. If face to face contact is necessary, remember to practice physical distancing.
Social Services can help you to cover the cost of basic needs such as food or shelter and access Ontario Works. For inquiries please call 519-344-2057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial help is available, answer a few simple questions or access the Canadian Government’s website to find out if you are eligible for Employment Insurance or other Recovery benefits.
CERB (Coronavirus Emergency Response Benefit) ended as of October 3. If you are still in need of financial support, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021. Find out how you can apply at the Canadian Government’s website.
• Grocery stores offering pickup or delivery services, find a location close to you.
• Food banks – find a food bank near you.
• Meals on Wheels delivers a variety of meals right to your door.
• Garden Fresh Box is a low cost food box program with pickup sites throughout Lambton County. For a location near you, call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 ext. 3111.
• If you are an emergency food provider, COVID-19-related guidance is available.
• Ontario will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people, see Ontario Expands Coverage for Care.
• Where to access healthcare (other than the hospital)
Need help finding housing? Call County of Lambton Housing Services at 519-344-2062 ext. 2200.
Need help with tenancy-related issues such as eviction or needing repairs? Call Community Legal Assistance Sarnia at 519-332-8055 or 1-888-916-2527.
Have you been struggling with your mental health and well-being? Free services are available:
• Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent – recovery-focused programs and services for people 15+ and their families. Call 519-337-5411
◦ Mental Health First Response Line (24/7) – 519-336-3445 or 1-800-307-4319
• Family Counselling Centre – professional counselling, support, and coordination services. Call 519-336-0120
◦ Distress Line (24/7) – 519-336-3000 or 1-888-347-8737
• St. Clair Child and Youth Services – professional mental health services and walk-in clinics for children 0-18 and their families. Call 519-337-3701.
• Bluewater Health Community Withdrawal Management – help withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. Call 519-332-4673.
• Lambton Public Health – non-judgemental services and harm reduction supplies. Call 519-383-8331.
• North Lambton Community Health Centre – variety of community services including harm reduction and mental health supports. Contact information at North Lambton Community Health Centre and St. Joseph’s Hospice – 519-337-0537
• Concerned about abuse? Services are still available across the lifespan (some 24/7).
Provincial & National Services
• Kids Help Phone (under 20 years old) – 1-888-668-6868
• Good 2 Talk (17-25 years old) – 1-866-925-5454
• Connex Addiction, Mental Health and Gambling Helpline – 1-866-531-2600
• Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 686868
• Hope for Wellness First Nation and Inuit Helpline – 1-855-242-3310
• Mental Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health strategies to maintain your mental health during COVID-19
• Wellness Together – Government of Canada online platform that connects you to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional
• Big White Wall – 24/7 anonymous online platform for mental health peer support
• BounceBack Ontario – guided self-help program using workbooks, videos, and phone coaching
• Mindyourmind – interactive tools and resources to build capacity and resilience for youth and young adults
• Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Substance Use During COVID-19 – Infographic from Canadian Centre on Substance Use & Addiction
Do you know someone who could use some help staying connected with others?
There are free services available:
• The Tel-Check Program can provide regular phone calls to seniors, people with disabilities and people who may live alone or with their families/caregivers.
• Lambton County Connects is a free phone based program and a way for isolated community members to participate in social activities.
• The Ontario Caregiver Association offers free resources, a helpline, and live chat for those caring for loved ones, including tips during COVID-19.
Lambton Public Health’s service area is located on the territories of many Indigenous peoples and provides services to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people living in urban and rural communities. We recognize and value First Nations, Métis, and Inuit healing practices and the work of local Healers and Elders. Listed below are resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic from local organizations as well as from the federal and provincial organizations.
First check with local healers and elders in your community. There are supports locally you may wish to contact for information related to COVID-19:
• E’Mino Bmaad-Zijig Gamig (Aamjiwnaang Health Centre)
• Kettle & Stony Point Health Services
• The Walpole Island Health Centre
• Sarnia Lambton Native Friendship Centre in Sarnia at 519-344-6164 or email email@example.com.
• Lambton College Indigenous Student Centre
Other Relevant COVID-19 Resources
• Chiefs of Ontario
• Ontario Native Women’s Association
• Assembly of First Nations
• Government of Canada Indigenous YouTube channel
• COVID-19: How Indigenous people can access services and benefits
• The Government of Canada has released information to support First Nation and Inuit people in preparing, monitoring, and responding to COVID-19.
• Shkaabe Makwa partnered with CAMH to create a poster about self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For some of us there are physical and intellectual limitations that make the COVID-19 pandemic even more stressful. Watch this short video for more information on how to keep our loved ones safe.
Sector specific guidance for Group Homes during COVID-19 is updated regularly on its own website.
For additional information about the resources available in Lambton County visit:
• Lambton County Developmental Services
• Community Living Sarnia-Lambton
• Pathways Health Centre for Children
• Ontario Disability Support Program (Sarnia)
• Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities
Info sheets on COVID-19 and how to stay safe in multiple languages from Ottawa Public Health.
The YMCA Learning and Career Centre is offering virtual services to all newcomers in the Sarnia-Lambton Community.
- Guidance for Food Donations During COVID-19 – Lambton Public Health
- Harm Reduction During COVID-19 – Lambton Public Health
- COVID-19 Supports and Resources – County of Lambton Social Services
- Guidance for Food Assistance and Emergency Food Programs – Lambton Public Health
- Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic – Ministry of Health
- Provincewide shutdown – Interim direction in congregate care settings – Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
- Visitor’s Guidelines: Re-Opening of Congregate Living Settings (UPDATED) – Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
- Memo to Faith Community Leaders regarding Provincial Lockdown affecting Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies – Lambton Public Health
- Guidance for providers of services for people experiencing homelessness (in the context of COVID-19) – Government of Canada
- COVID-19 Guidance: Mental Health and Addictions Service Providers in Community Settings – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Group Homes and Developmental Service Providers – Lambton Public Health
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