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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

COVID-19: Staff outbreak at Ingersoll long-term care home

May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Seven workers at Secord Trails Care Community, a long-term care home in Ingersoll, have tested positive for COVID-19, Southwestern Public Health reported on Friday morning, May 22. A single case had been confirmed in a health-care worker on Monday, May 18. Six additional workers have since tested positive. The employees hold a variety of positions…

New COVID-19 case in Tillsonburg

May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

A second new confirmed case of COVID-19 has popped up in Oxford, this time in Tillsonburg, Southwestern Public Health reported on Thursday morning, May 21. Earlier in the week, another new case had appeared in Ingersoll, identified as a staff member at a retirement home. All residents and staff there are now being tested. The…

Drive-in services get provincial blessing

May 17, 2020 | 1 Comment

Aylmer Church of God issued a statement on Saturday, May 16, praising the Ontario government for amending COVID-19 emergency regulations to allow drive-in religious services. The church has been holding such services for several weeks, in what appeared to be a contravention of those regulations. No charges have been laid though, and the church launched…

Only two confirmed cases still ongoing in Elgin and St. Thomas

May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Friday morning, May 15, was reporting only two ongoing cases of COVID-19 in Elgin and St. Thomas. One is in Malahide Township and the other in St. Thomas. Oxford County, the other part of Southwestern’s region, was also reporting just two cases, both in Woodstock. So far during the pandemic, a…

Fatal crash on Wellington Road

May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police are reporting a fatal crash occurred on Wellington Road in Central Elgin on Thursday, May 14, about 4:45 p.m. A two-vehicle collision took place on Wellington north of Ron McNeil Line. A southbound car crossed the centre line and struck a northbound pickup truck, OPP reported. The car driver had no…

Free Wi-Fi access expanded at Elgin County libraries

May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Rural families now have another way to access free internet during school closures brought on by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), in partnership with Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties have expanded Wi-Fi access at select locations, with the help of technology company Cisco Canada. The range of the access is…

Many businesses to re-open on Tuesday, May 19, marinas, campgrounds and golf courses this Saturday-updated

May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that private parks, marinas and golf courses could re-open for business on Saturday, May 16, as long as strict distancing requirements continued to be met. Campgrounds can re-open to prepare for the coming season Saturday, but access is limited to campers with full-season rentals for now. He also said that,…

COVID-19 cases down to single digits

May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed through medical testing in the Southwestern Public Health Region, which includes Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, dropped to seven as of Wednesday, May 13. Locally, Malahide continued to have two cases and St. Thomas two. Oxford dropped to three, with two in Woodstock and one in South-West Oxford. So…

Ontario parks to re-open over next week

May 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Elgin-Middlesex-Oxford MPP Jeff Yurek and Premier Doug Ford announced on Saturday, May 9, that over the next week, 615 provincial parks and conservation reserves would re-open for walking, hiking, bicycling and birdwatching. Camping, beaches and playgrounds would not be open at this time, they said. Minister…

COVID-19 update for Friday, May 8

May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

The number of ongoing cases of COVID-19 in Elgin and St. Thomas has dropped to four, though a “new” one has appeared in Malahide Township recently. Megan Cornwell, communications director for Southwestern Public Health, said the new case was unusual. The person’s spouse had developed COVID-19 earlier this year after returning from a trip. Both…

Church of God launches legal Charter challenge

May 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has announced it will file, on behalf of the Church of God in Aylmer, a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms legal challenge against the Ontario government. The centre, in a statement, said the province had infringed on the church’s “freedom of peaceful assembly.” “Ontario authorities have threatened…

Business restrictions further eased

May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Wednesday, May 6, that effective Friday, May 8, garden centres and nurseries could re-open to public shopping, as long as distancing and other health precautions could be and were maintained. Hardware and safety supply stores could do the same starting Saturday, May 9. Finally, on Monday, May 12, all retail…