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Three more deaths at Maple Manor

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,…

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Downward trend for Southwestern COVID-19 cases

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…

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More detailed numbers on Maple Manor outbreak

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…

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Southwestern ongoing cases still declining

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…

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Remote learning to continue

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…

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Sharp slide in local COVID-19 cases

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…

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Sandra Talbot resigns from public health board

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,…

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Fourteen COVID-linked deaths in last week

Southwestern Public Health reported on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the deaths of two Elgin women linked to COVID-19, one 88 and one 62. That brings the death toll in the Southwestern region of Elgin, St. Thomas and Woodstock to 47. Fourteen deaths involving COVID-19 have been reported in the last seven days. Southwestern recorded 31 new…

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Death toll linked to COVID-19 now at 45

Southwestern Public Health recorded three more deaths linked to COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 18. The dead included an Oxford woman, 94, a resident of Maple Manor Nursing Home in Tillsonburg, the site of a large-scale outbreak that has to date claimed 17 deaths. Two Oxford men, one 73 and one 75, also died. That brings…

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Aylmer Police chief outlines how stay-at-home order will be enforced

Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat issued a statement Monday, Jan. 18, about how his officers will enforce Ontario’s current COVID-19 “Stay-at-home” order. Officers, he said, would not be entering homes or stopping cars and pedestrians for the sole purpose of enforcing that order. In addition, no one was required to carry proof he or she…

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