Survey says Sarnia-Lambton residents following pandemic rules

Lambton Public Health on Exmouth Street in Sarnia. 27 April 2020. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)


A survey of Sarnia-Lambton residents has found the vast majority are adhering to safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ipsos conducted the telephone survey between May and June on behalf of Lambton Public Health.

Of the 800 respondents, 90 per cent reported practicing COVID-19 preventative measures like maintaining physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. One in four people said their mental health has changed for the worse since the pandemic began, one in four also reported wearing masks in public, and eight in 10 said they were avoiding public areas and non-essential trips.

Four in 10 Sarnia-Lambton residents surveyed believe the media has exaggerated the extent of the pandemic, with men and those aged 18 to 34 more likely to agree.

Half of those surveyed said they get their COVID information from local radio and the hospital. Only 30 per cent are turning to their doctor’s office for credible information.

The study also found that 40 per cent of people had to either cancel or postpone appointments due to COVID-19, and certain groups including those who are unemployed, earn less than $30,000, or have poor mental health, are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of the pandemic.

About 68 per cent report being either very or somewhat worried about getting the virus, including 72 per cent of women surveyed.

Lambton Public Health said the results will be shared with stakeholders in many sectors including mental health, social services, workplaces, and schools.

For full survey details click here: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Lambton-Public-Health_COVID-June-30-2020_Final.pdf