Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) is investigating one long-term care outbreak and one school outbreak, both declared on March 19. LPH received the laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test results for one staff member at Afton Park Place, and one staff member and one student at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.
A school outbreak is declared when there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students, staff or other visitors in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).
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 individuals who tested positive have been notified of their results,” said Chad Ikert, Manager of Health Protection for Lambton Public Health. “LPH is continuing to conduct case and contact management as part of the investigation.”
No additional details will be provided at this time based on the current needs of the investigation. All individuals impacted will be 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.
To learn more about public health’s COVID-19 response in Lambton County visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca.