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Elgin, St. Thomas, Oxford to move to orange alert

Southwestern Public Health announced late Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, that as of Monday, Nov. 23, its entire area would be placed in the “orange-restrict” category for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. That’s an increase from the current yellow-protect alert. The health unit said incidents of COVID-19 had reached 28.4 cases per 100,000 residents, more institutional outbreaks were…

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Third case of COVID-19 at Assumption

A third positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed by Southwestern Public Health at Assumption Catholic School in Aylmer, London District Catholic School Board announced on Thursday, Nov. 19. All parents and guardians of pupils as well as staff at the school had been notified, the board stated. Assumption would remain open and buses would…

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Port Bruce hit by high waves, fierce winds–updated

A cottage was covered by spray from breaking waves, if not waves themselves, as high winds blew along the Lake Erie shoreline late Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15. Malahide South Station firefighters closed some roads in the community, reportedly due to concerns over the danger of falling branches or even trees. A brief but heavy rainfall…

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About 200 march in St. Thomas protest

About 200 protestors, rejecting COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, marched from Memorial Arena in the southwest of St. Thomas to Veterans Gardens, a war memorial in the downtown area, on Saturday, Nov. 14. A handful of counter-protesters were on hand, and seemed incensed by the takeover by the protesters of the war memorial, but St. Thomas Police…

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SIU called in over serious crash

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit, which investigates police conduct, is looking into a serious crash at Imperial Road and Ron McNeil Line on Thursday night, Nov. 12. Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson reported that the three-vehicle collision took place at about 10:24 p.m., and involved a pickup truck, a car and a transport…

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“Presumptive” COVID-19 case at Straffordville Public School

Southwestern Public Health has announced a “presumptive case” of COVID-19 in an ill individual who attended Straffordville Public School on Friday, Nov. 6. The diagnosis has not yet been confirmed by testing, Thames Valley District School Board revealed in a statement on Tuesday night, Nov. 10. However, TVDSB said it immediately notified all staff, parents…

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Several hundred march through Aylmer for “Freedom”

About 750 protestors, some from as far as Toronto, marched through Aylmer on Saturday, Nov. 7, against COVID-19 pandemic precautions, insisting every Canadian should be free to choose what measures they did or didn’t take. The march started almost an hour later than expected, and by 4 p.m. was heading back to its starting point…

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Counter-protesters ask, “Be Kind, Wear a Mask”

Counter-protesters took to the street in downtown Aylmer on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, to ask passing motorists to “Be Kind, Wear a Mask.” Some passing drivers honked in support. The counter-protest was in response to a “Freedom March” being held that afternoon insisting that Canadians had the right to decide for themselves if they wanted…

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Number official, 40 infected in Bayham–updated

Southwestern Public Health, in news conference Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 3, reported that 40 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed among workers at a Bayham farm, all but one residing in a series of bunkhouses on the site. Tests on 157 farm workers and close contacts had been completed, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock…

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Local COVID-19 numbers worse than thought-updated

Southwestern Public Health on Monday morning, Nov. 2, announced that at least 31 persons residing in a Bayham bunkhouse had tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 29 cases had been listed in the health unit’s online daily update of the local situation Monday, but not all the congregate living numbers had yet been added…

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