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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

School opening pushed back to Sept. 14

August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The opening of elementary schools in Thames Valley District School Board has been pushed back by almost a week to Monday, Sept. 14, instead of Tuesday, Sept. 8. (London District Catholic School Board is expected to do the same.) Even then, elementary pupils won’t all return on that day. Instead, half the pupils will attend…

Cases down by two in Aylmer, one in St. Thomas

August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 11 ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area on Tuesday, Aug. 25, a decrease of two from the previous day. The number of cases in St. Thomas also declined slightly, to six from seven, while Bayham remained steady at five and Woodstock at two. One new…

Southwestern Public Health tracking 27 ongoing COVID-19 cases

August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, Aug. 24, was tracking 27 ongoing cases of COVID-19 in Elgin County, St. Thomas and Oxford County. The electronic “dashboard” on the health unit’s website had been down for several days as Southwestern and other health units in Ontario switched to a new reporting system. Thirteen of the ongoing cases…

Man held in commercial fishing boat fire

August 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A man, 19, is in Elgin Ontario Provincial Police custody after a commercial fishing vessel was heavily damaged by a fire on Saturday night, Aug. 22. The fire was being investigated as an arson by police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, Elgin OPP Constable Troy Carlson said. The fire was spotted at 11:45 p.m.,…

“Dashboard” down for COVID-19 cases

August 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health, along with other health units in Ontario, is moving to a new electronic system for tracking ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by medical testing. As a result, Southwestern stated on a social media page, it would not be updating the “dashboard” tracking numbers for each municipality until Monday, Aug. 24. It did…

Case numbers fluid

August 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 16 ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area on Wednesday, Aug. 19, an increase of one from the previous day. Bayham had seven cases, down from nine, and St. Thomas and area seven compared to eight the previous day. Tillsonburg and area remained the same at…

New cases in Aylmer, St. Thomas

August 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Aylmer and area saw a slight increase in ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by medical testing on Tuesday, Aug. 18, going up to 15 from 14 on Monday. St. Thomas and area saw a bigger jump to eight cases from four, while Bayham experienced a substantial decrease, to six cases from nine. Tillsonburg and area…

Another drop in local cases

August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, Aug. 17, was reporting another good-sized reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed by medical testing in Aylmer and area. That number dropped to 14 Monday from 19 Sunday. Bayham was reported at nine cases, seeing its own substantial reduction from 13, St. Thomas went to four from five…

Big drop in Aylmer cases

August 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The number of ongoing COVID-19 cases confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area took a big drop on Sunday, Aug. 16. Southwestern Public Health was reporting 19 ongoing cases, compared to 27 just the previous day. Bayham remained at 13 cases and St. Thomas at five, while Tillsonburg saw a slight reduction, to five from…

Cases still going down

August 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The number of ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area continued a slow downward slide to 27 from 29 on Saturday, Aug. 15. Bayham also saw a slight decrease to 13 cases from 14, while St. Thomas and area remained at five. Tillsonburg and area went to six cases from seven.…

Warden Mennill urges masking up

August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Elgin County Warden David Mennill, mayor of Malahide, is urging local residents to do everything they can to help check the spread of COVID-19. In a statement issued Friday, Aug. 14, Warden Mennill said given the recent growth in the number of confirmed cases in Elgin, 54 as of that day, “This is our strong…

Down to 31 cases in Aylmer and area

August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 29 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area on Friday, Aug. 14, a reduction of two from the previous day. A week earlier, the health unit had been tracking 50 cases in Aylmer and area. Returning to the health unit’s report for Aug. 14, Bayham was at…