As test back-logs are being cleared, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped in both St. Clair County and the Sarnia-Lambton area. St. Clair County is reporting 27 confirmed cases. Lambton Public Health is reporting 28. Four patients in Sarnia have died as a result of the disease. The death reported in St. Clair County over the weekend at Lake Huron Medical Center was attributed to the patient’s home county, Wayne County, so St. Clair County is yet to experience a casualty from the virus.
The State of Michigan has 6,498 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 184 deaths. Ontario confirms 1,706 cases with 33 deaths.
The message remains the same from public health officials on both sides of the border: stay at home except for essential tasks, keep a 6 foot or 2 meter distance between yourself and others if you are out, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and check in on loved ones and neighbors who are at high risk.
Dr. Annette Mercatante, Medical Health Officer at the St. Clair County Health Department, said today that, “Some people in other parts of the country have taken Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate, a chemical used in home aquariums, to prevent infection of the COVID virus. This is very dangerous and can cause serious health consequences, including death. Following the recommended guidance of staying at home, social distancing and proper handwashing are the best things you can do to prevent infection.”
Continue to go to reputable sources for information:
- Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/coronavirus
- State of Michigan: Michigan.gov/coronavirus or Info Hotline 1-888-535-6136 Daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or email questions to
- St. Clair County Health Department: COVID-19 Info Hotline (810) 966-4163 Mon – Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm or email questions to
- Lambton Public Health: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus/
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand