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COVID-19: Second death in region, jump in new cases

Wednesday, April 1, brought an abrupt increase in the number of confirmed  COVID-19 cases in Elgin and St. Thomas from seven to 11, including the second death from the disease, a woman in her 70s. Of the three other new cases from Elgin, one was someone in their 80s (self-isolating), and two others, an 80s…

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First COVID-19 death in region

The first COVID-19-related death in Elgin was announced by St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital via news release on Tuesday, March 31 morning. (press release in full below) In a telephone press conference late Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Joyce Lock, medical officer of health for Southwestern Public Health, said the woman, who died on Monday night, was…

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COVID-19: Five cases in region, three in hospital

As of Friday, March 27, there had been 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with four of those being from Elgin. Southwestern Public Health oversees testing and confirmation of cases it’s region: Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford. The most recent two cases, both Elgin males in their 70s, are listed as being hospitalized.…

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Second Elgin COVID-19 case cofirmed, another in Oxford

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express Southwestern Public Health announced on Wednesday, March 25, that the first case of COVID-19 in Oxford County had been confirmed. That same day a third case was confirmed, this time a second person from Elgin (not announced through news release, but found on the SPH’s Confirmed Cases Dashboard:…

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First case of COVID-19 in Elgin

**Updated March 24** On Tuesday, March 24, it was revealed the man was admitted to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital intensive care unit Monday night, arriving by ambulance. “Having a confirmed case in our hospital is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus globally,” said Robert Biron, STEGH president and CEO. There were no…

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Big crowd out for Polar Bear Dip in Port Stanley

Young members of London FC (Football Club) sprinted into the chilly waters of Lake Erie during the annual Polar Bear Dip to benefit Childcan, a London-based charity serving children with cancer and their families. The event involved 38 teams and 266 participants, and raised nearly $100,00, double the goal. The team which raised the most…

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Bridge replacement awarded

Elgin County councillors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, awarded a $5.1-million contract to Hayman Construction Inc. to build the permanent replacement for the collapsed Imperial Road Bridge in Port Bruce. That bridge fell into the creek two years ago. Currently, access across Catfish Creek is via a one-lane temporary bridge. Construction on the new bridge could…

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Vienna flood warning

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood warning effective today, Monday, Jan. 13, for Big Otter Creek in Vienna. Watercourse levels across LPRCA remain high and are running swiftly, the authority reported.  In many cases watercourses are still exceeding their banks and flooding low-lying areas.  Most watercourses appear to have peaked and…

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Susana Peters, 62, dies in crash

Susana Peters, 62, of Bayham died in a two-vehicle crash on John Wise Line between Imperial Road and Rogers Road on Monday, Dec. 23, at 5:20 p.m. Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Adam Crewdson said Ms. Peters was a passenger in a westbound vehicle. An eastbound vehicle crossed over into the westbound lane, resulting in…

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