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COVID-19 outbreak at STEGH

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday night, Jan. 7, reported an outbreak of COVID-19 in its fifth floor Acute Medicine Unit, with three patients testing positive for the virus. “The unit is currently closed to essential caregivers,” the hospital said in a statement. “STEGH is working closely with Southwestern Public Health Unit and its…

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Surgeries being reduced at STEGH

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital announced Friday, Jan. 7, that in line with provincial directives, surgical services were being reduced there in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients in coming weeks. “Our surgical team is working to prioritize patients and will determine which surgeries can safely be postponed,” the hospital said. Anyone affected would…

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Local case counts keep rising

Southwestern Public Health announced on Friday, Jan. 7, that even with restrictions on who is now eligible for testing, 194 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, up from 137 the previous day. The health unit is tracking 1,543 ongoing confirmed cases, up from 1,435 Thursday. Southwestern was reporting…

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MPP Jeff Yurek resigning his seat at end of February

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced Friday, Jan. 7, that he would not be seeking re-election this year and would resign from his seat in the provincial Legislature at the end of February. “When I entered politics over 10 years ago, I made three promises to myself: represent the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London to my fullest ability,…

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Update on county homes outbreaks

Elgin County on Thursday, Jan. 6, issued updates on COVID-19 outbreaks at its three long-term care homes. Terrace Lodge in Malahide, just east of Aylmer, has a total of four residents and two staff members confirmed as infected with the virus, Elgin Manor in Southwold four residents and three staff members and Bobier Villa in…

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GoVaxx Bus in Aylmer on Jan. 12

The provincial “GoVaxx” COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic will be at the East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required and can be booked by going to https://www.ontario.ca/page/go-vaxx-bus-schedule.  

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STEGH overflowing with patients; another COVID death

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital reported late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 5, that it is running at 120 percent over its in-patient capacity of 65 beds. Those hospital wards are supposed to house just 65 patients. As of Thursday morning, the hospital has 14 COVID-19 patients in beds, with five of them, all unvaccinated, in STEGH’s…

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Elgin County libraries still open

Elgin libraries are staying open, though at reduced capacity due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, county Community and Cultural Services Director Brian Masschaele said Wednesday, Jan. 5. The occupancy limit inside branches would be limited to 50 percent of full capacity, but otherwise the same services as had been offered…

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Two more COVID deaths

Southwestern Public Health reported on Wednesday, Jan. 5, that two more residents of its area had died as a result of COVID-19, a St. Thomas woman in her 50s and an Oxford man in his 80s. That brings the total number of such deaths in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began to…

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Pop-up clinics in Bayham next two Thursdays

Southwestern Public Health on Tuesday, Jan. 4, announced two pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics coming to Bayham over the next two Thursdays. The clinics will offer Pfizer pediatric vaccine for children 5 through 11, adult Pfizer doses for those 12 through 29 years old and Morderna vaccine for those 30 and older. The first will be…

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