press release

Outbreak Declaration for Long-Term Care Home

Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) is investigating an outbreak at a long-term care home, declared on January 9. LPH received the laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test results for one staff member at Sumac Lodge Long-Term Care Home in Sarnia.

A long-term care or other communal living setting outbreak is declared facility wide when one or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in a staff member or resident and possible exposure to others in the setting has occurred.

“The individual who tested positive has been notified of their results,” states Crystal Palleschi, Supervisor of Health Protection for Lambton Public Health. “LPH is continuing to conduct case and contact management as part of the investigation.” Testing of all residents is underway and staff testing is ongoing.

No additional details will be provided at this time based on the current needs of the investigation. All individuals impacted have been notified.

This news release has been issued to provide notification of the outbreak. During standard operating hours the reporting notification is supported through our website dashboard and detailed reports, unless the investigation requires additional information sharing.

We all have a role to play to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Limit all non-essential social activities and stay home if you are sick. If Lambton Public Health contacts you, be honest and understand that isolating close contacts is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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