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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Periscope Playhouse outdoor stage opens season

July 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mudmen was the first musical group to appear on the new outdoor stage at Periscope Playhouse in Port  Burwell on Friday night, July 9. The event was sold out, with about 80 spectators attending. Full capacity could be as high as 120 but Karen Bechard, one of the organizers, said they wanted to err on…

Rabid bat found in Ingersoll

July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

The discovery of a rabid bat in Ingersoll has prompted Southwestern Public Health to issue a warning to all local residents. In a statement on Friday, July 9, Infectious Diseases Program Manager Elaine Reddick reported that the previous Saturday, an Ingersoll resident found what appeared to be an injured bat, and touched it in an…

Ontario going to Reopening Step 3 Friday, July 16

July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Ontario will further loosen COVID-19 pandemic restrictions as it moves to Step 3 of its “Roadmap to Reopen” this coming Friday, July 16. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement issued Friday, July 9, “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline heroes, and the ongoing commitment of Ontarians to get vaccinated, we have…

Three new cases confirmed

July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Friday, July 9, up from zero on Thursday. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit rose to 17 from 16. St. Thomas and area remained unchanged Friday at four ongoing cases, West Elgin…

Owner claims lost dog–update

July 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police found this dog running at large in the area of John Street North last week, and were hoping to reunite it with its owner. The mixed-breed corgi was taken to the Animal Care Centre at 100 Burwell St. in St. Thomas, which reported Monday, July 12, that it had been claimed by its…

No new COVID-19 cases today

July 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting zero new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Thursday, July 8, down from four on Wednesday. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health also fell, to 16 from 18. St. Thomas and area stayed at four cases and Aylmer and area and…

Walnut Manor in St. Thomas closed by public health order

July 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Wednesday, July 7, ordered the closure under the Health Protection and Promotion Act of Walnut Manor, a supportive living residence, in St. Thomas “due to the existence of significant health hazards,” including mould, rodent and bed bug infestations and a lack of hot running water. As a result, the health unit…

Slightly tick up in cases

July 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Woodstock on Wednesday, July 7, up from three on Tuesday. The health unit is now tracking 18 ongoing cases of the virus in the region, up from 17. St. Thomas and area decreased to four ongoing cases on Wednesday…

Three more new cases of COVID-19

July 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 6, compared to four over the weekend. The health unit is now tracking 17 confirmed ongoing cases in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, up slightly from 16 Monday. St. Thomas and area rose to five cases Tuesday from three on Monday,…

Four new cases from weekend

July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, July 5, reported that four new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed over the weekend in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford. The health unit was tracking 16 ongoing cases on Monday, up from 13 on Friday. A new case was discovered in Bayham, while St. Thomas and area stayed at…

Teens 12 through 17 eligible for second dose

July 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health has announced that, effective Monday, July 5, anyone 12 through 17 years old who had previously received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine would become eligible to book an appointment for a second. The health unit, in a statement, said it was “committed to ensuring local youth can be fully vaccinated against…

Six new cases over two days

July 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced Friday, July 2, that six new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford over the past two days, compared to just one on Wednesday, June 30. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit rose to 13 from 11. Cases in St. Thomas…