Blue Water Area COVID-19 Update for June 12, 2020

St. Clair County, MI — Lambton County, Ontario

Cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 12, 2020 at  9:30 AM are as follows:

  • State of Michigan: 59,496 confirmed cases; 5,738 deaths
  • St. Clair County: 454 confirmed cases; 44 deaths
  • Ontario: 31,544  confirmed cases;  2,487 deaths
  • Sarnia-Lambton: 274 confirmed cases; 25 deaths

There was only one new COVID-19 case in St. Clair County over the last week, and there were no additional deaths in the county attributed to confirmed COVID infection. There are currently 23 active cases of COVID-19 reported in St. Clair County, and 1% of all hospital beds are being used for COVID-19 patients.

There are many positive trends in the county including an increase in testing (around 500 tests were performed last week),  the percentage of positive tests results is around 5% (12% or less is considered good),  and the percentage of total cases in the county is at .29%.

The St. Clair County Health Department continues to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing every Tuesday. Testing will take place during regular business hours in the parking lot of the main office located at 3415 28th Street in Port Huron. Testing is by appointment only and registration is required.

 Testing is free and available for any Michigan resident, age 18 years old and older, regardless of symptoms. A doctor’s order/referral is not needed. Health Department staff will contact individuals with results.

 For questions or to schedule an appointment contact (810) 987-5300.

There are 16 active cases of COVID-19 in Sarnia. There is currently 1 outbreak reported in a long term care facilities in Lambton County, and 16 of the 25 total deaths related to COVID-19 in Sarnia were related to outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

The Government of Ontario confirmed that effective Friday, June 12, 2020, the Province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to ten people, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2 for reopening. 

All places of worship in Sarnia-Lambton will be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. 

At this time, the Government of Ontario has excluded Sarnia-Lambton from Stage 2 re-opening.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available in Sarnia – Lambton at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, in the Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. Additional information is available:

*** It is important to note that WGRT is continuing to report confirmed cases from each area, not total cases which are a combination of confirmed and probable cases. We have chosen to approach the data this way to simplify our reports and to create uniformity in the numbers we are reporting for each region, St.Clair County, Lambton County, Michigan, and Ontario.

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Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand