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Police identify 47 inside Church of God, tickets being issued

January 27, 2021 | 3 Comments

Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat, in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, said that 47 persons who were in violation of COVID-19 emergency orders at an indoor and outdoor gathering at Aylmer Church of God on Sunday, Jan. 24, had been identified. Officers were now in the process of handing out tickets to 29 local participants,…

Seven COVID-19 deaths in last week

January 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

While the number of ongoing cases of COVID-19 has steadily declined over the last week, seven deaths in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford were still linked to the virus by Southwestern Public Health. That’s half the 14 deaths announced in the previous week. The latest fatality was reported on Tuesday, Jan. 26, involved an Elgin…

Elgin death linked to COVID-19

January 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported the death of an Elgin man in his 60s linked to COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 25, bringing the death toll connected to the pandemic in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford to 54. On a more positive note, the health unit announced only nine confirmed new cases of the virus on Monday,…

Aylmer Police investigating “blatant” violations at Church of God

January 25, 2021 | 21 Comments

Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat, in a statement Monday, Jan. 25, announced that a Church of God service held on Sunday, Jan. 24, was under investigation for “blatant” alleged violations of Ontario’s COVID-19 emergency orders. Police were identifying individuals who participated and the event’s organizer, he said. Those determined to have broken emergency orders would…

COVID-19 makes resurgence locally

January 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

An Elgin man in his 70s has become the 53rd death linked to COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, Southwestern Public Health reported on Sunday, Jan. 24. Confirmed COVID-19 cases, which had been in general decline in the area, made a resurgence, with 40 new cases on Sunday, up from 26 on Saturday. The…

Three more deaths at Maple Manor

January 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Saturday, Jan. 23, reported three more deaths linked to COVID-19 in the massive outbreak at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Tillsonburg, bringing the total death toll there to 20, in a facility that houses 92 residents. Overall, the number of deaths connected to the virus in the Southwestern region of Elgin,…

Downward trend for Southwestern COVID-19 cases

January 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Friday, Jan. 22, up slightly from 14 on Thursday. The health unit was tracking 255 ongoing cases on Friday, down from 271 the previous day and continuing a downward trend over the last few days. St. Thomas and…

More detailed numbers on Maple Manor outbreak

January 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health, in a new weekly news briefing on Thursday, Jan. 21, provided more detailed numbers on the massive outbreak of COVID-19 that has claimed the lives of 17 residents at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Tillsonburg. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock, in response to a question, said the home had so…

Southwestern ongoing cases still declining

January 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The total number of ongoing confirmed cases of COVID-19 being tracked by Southwestern Public Health declined for the second day in a row on Thursday, Jan. 21. The health unit reported 271 ongoing cases Tuesday, down from 292 on Wednesday. However, another death was recorded linked to COVID-19 Thursday, an Oxford woman in her 70s…

Remote learning to continue

January 20, 2021 | 1 Comment

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced on Wednesday, January 20, that remote learning would continue for most school boards, including the Thames Valley District School Board. TVDSB, in its own statement, said “Students will not return to in-person learning on (Monday) January 25,” as originally planned. Students with complex special needs now attending in-school…

Sharp slide in local COVID-19 cases

January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported a substantial decrease in both the number of new cases and the number of ongoing cases it is tracking in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Wednesday, Jan. 20. However, the health unit also recorded another death linked to COVID-19, an Oxford man, 83, residing at PeopleCare long-term care home in…

Sandra Talbot resigns from public health board

January 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Woodstock and Oxford County Councillor Sandra Talbot has resigned from the Southwestern Public Health board. In a statement after a secret session of the board on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Chairman Larry Martin, Oxford County’s warden and mayor of Norwich, issued a statement reporting the resignation, and its acceptance. “Historically, Ms. Talbot has been a valuable,…