Point Edward, ON – There has been a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and Lambton Public Health is urging everyone to continue to follow public health safety measures to keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe and the transmission of COVID-19 low.
The Government of Ontario has asked everyone to put a pause on social circles for the time being, and we should only be interacting with those in our household or in our chosen household for those of us who may live alone. The province has also asked everyone to reduce our activities to only essentials such as work and groceries, to allow other activities to function.
“We know it is going to be tough,” says Dr Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “It’s getting colder out and we are moving inside for more of our activities and socializing. But as we see this sudden rise in cases, primarily due to unmonitored social gatherings, Lambton Public Health is asking for everyone’s help in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We all have to be patient, be kind, and work together to get through this.”
All residents of Lambton County are reminded to limit their number of close contacts. When Lambton Public Health does contact you, be honest and understand that our focus at that time is to further slow the spread of COVID-19. Informing a close contact to isolate is a critical step.
If you receive notification that you are a close contact of a case, you must self-isolate. Lambton Public Health will provide further direction as part of the investigation. Stay in contact and follow these precautions as the investigation continues:
- Don’t go to work or school if you have symptoms.
- If you are symptomatic and waiting for a test result, please wait for the test result before going back to work.
We all have a role to play to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. As an individual, the best thing you can do to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 is to limit social interactions and stay home from school or work if you are sick or awaiting a test result.
We are also asking workplaces to review and monitor operating guidance requirements and policies to support parents or guardians that may need to stay home with a sick child. We can all get through this together because we are stronger, together.
Learn more about contact tracing, self-isolation, daily situation reports, local testing and assessment options, and workplace guidance online at LambtonPublicHealth.ca.