Point Edward, ON – Additional COVID-19 test results received today have been confirmed in connection to close contacts of cases reported earlier this week. 15 additional cases will be reported on the Lambton Public Health website this evening when the reporting cycle occurs.
Contact tracing efforts by Lambton Public Health determined the cases are linked to a few of the same families, predominantly in a rural community, but with connections to family members in urban communities. Direction was provided to those families to self-isolate immediately and proceed to an assessment for testing.
“We continue to investigate and support all cases,” says Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “We expected early on this week that new cases may result, based on findings and determining the level of interaction for an infected individual. The importance of moving quickly to limit the transmission of the virus is a critical public health measure to reduce additional community spread.”
As the follow up with close contacts continues additional individuals may be required to self-isolate and get a test, or be directed to self-monitor for symptoms due to limited contact. This could include risk settings such as workplaces.
Dr. Ranade adds, “Please continue to take precautions and follow the public health safety measures. The virus can quickly spread among close contacts so keep your social circle small – limit is 10, and be very diligent if you choose to attend a larger gathering.”
Public health safety measures include staying home when sick, practicing physical distancing with others outside your social circle, use good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask if required or if physical distancing is not possible.
Visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca to learn more about local COVID-19 cases, information on physical distancing, safe use of masks, and good hand hygiene.