Point Edward, ON – A recent survey found that while the majority of Lambton County residents have adhered to public health measures, many have experienced emotional, social and financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lambton Public Health commissioned Ipsos, a market research company, to conduct a telephone survey between May and June 2020 which assessed the impact that COVID-19 had on community members’ health and behaviours.
“The results provide greater insight into the key challenges being faced and the strengths our community has demonstrated in response to COVID-19,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health in Lambton County.
- While overall community mental health remains strong, more than 1 in 4 state that their mental health has changed for the worse since COVID-19.
- The majority of people are practicing COVID-19 preventative measures, with 90% reporting that they maintain physical distancing and avoid large gatherings.
- Certain groups are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of the pandemic, including those who are unemployed, make a lower income or have poor mental health.
- About one third of parents had to seek accommodations at work to care for their children.
- While the majority of residents feel that they can access their healthcare provider, 40% had to cancel or postpone appointments because of COVID-19.
“The report highlights the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the impacts of the pandemic” adds Crystal Palleschi, Health Protection Supervisor at Lambton Public Health. “We continue to work with community partners to further strengthen our community’s response to COVID-19.”
The full report, Lambton Public Health Community COVID-19 Survey, is available online at LambtonPublicHealth.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus.