As of Monday, Sarnia-Lambton is Southwestern Ontario’s last remaining COVID-19 green zone, but the area’s top doctor says that’s just a “fortunate coincidence” and warns against residents becoming complacent with public health measures.
With cases spiking, all other health units in the region have moved into either the yellow-protect or orange-restrict levels in the province’s COVID-19 restriction framework — with Lambton the lone green speck in Ontario west of Kawartha.
“I don’t see us as being fundamentally different than our neighbours,” said Sudit Ranade, medical officer of health for Lambton Public Health. “We’re seeing lots of cases around us; I think it would be reasonable to expect that our cases would go up as well.”
Ranade held off on pinpointing a reason as to why Lambton has staved off a harsh second wave so far, saying the area isn’t in the clear yet.
“I know many people in our community take this issue seriously, I know that we’ve been doing our best to identify and track and isolate cases . . . (but) I think that is similar across the province,” he said. “Tomorrow, we know how this works, we could get an influx (of cases) . . . and then we would shortly be in the same boat.”