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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

STEGH puts more limits on visits

December 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, in a statement issued on Thursday, Dec. 30, announced it was tightening  “essential visitor” rules on a temporary basis. The action was being taken given a surge in COVID-19 cases across Ontario, and reflected similar measures being taken by other hospitals, STEGH said. The following can still visit patient: up…

Return to school delayed until Jan. 5

December 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced on Thursday, Dec. 30, that the expected return of children to schools on Monday, Jan. 3, was being delayed until Wednesday, Jan. 5, as a result of the rapid spread in COVID-19 cases involving the Omicron variant across the province. He also stated that testing…

Tighter restrictions on long-term care home visits

December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Ontario government on Tuesday, Dec. 28, announced tighter restrictions on visits to long-term care homes in response to the contagion risk posed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The new rules, taking effect Thursday, Dec. 20, will “pause” general visits to long-term care homes, though “designated caregivers” can continue to enter homes. The changes…

Aylmer Police: sexual assault charged

December 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police Deputy Chief Nick Novacich reported the following on Monday, Dec. 27: Sexual assault An Aylmer man, 48, has been charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm. An Aylmer woman, 50, reported to police Wednesday, Dec. 22, that she had been assaulted by her husband during the week of Dec. 11. Investigation determined the…

Wood stove was cause of fatal fire

December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that a basement wood-burning stove was the source of a house fire on Nova Scotia Line in the early-morning hours of Monday, Dec. 20, that resulted in the death of Ken Jones. His wife Linda escaped the fire by climbing down a tree from a second-storey window. The…

Viral growth of Ontario, Southwestern area COVID-19 cases

December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 110 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Friday, Dec. 24, a record high since the pandemic began. Similarly, across Ontario 9,571 new cases were confirmed Friday, another new record, nearly doubling the one set the previous day at 5,790. Southwestern is now tracking 479…

Southwestern: 89 new cases in one day

December 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 89 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Thursday morning, Dec. 23, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. The previous day, 29 new cases had been confirmed. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit jumped to 397 Thursday from…

Family confirms Ken Jones died in fire

December 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The family of the late Ken Jones of Malahide has confirmed that he died in an early-morning house fire on Nova Scotia Line in Malahide Monday, Dec. 20. Granddaughter Kariesha Blackwood of Aylmer told the Express that her grandmother Linda only escaped by climbing out a window and down an adjacent tree. Ken and Linda’s…

Southwestern positivity rate at all-year high

December 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported Wednesday, Dec. 22, that the positivity rate, the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back confirming the presence of the virus in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, has reached an all-time high for this year, at 6.8 percent as of Dec. 12. That compares to a positivity rate of 4.6 percent as…

SWPH: up to six affected by vaccine dispensing error

December 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health, in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 21, announced an error, supposedly a harmless one, had been made in dispensing COVID-19 vaccine at its mass-immunization clinic in St. Thomas on November 30. Up to six individuals, or about two percent of those who attended the clinic that day, might have received a dose…

Two more deaths, including a centenarian

December 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced on Tuesday, Dec. 21, that two more residents in the Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford area, including a St. Thomas woman who was over 100 years old and an Oxford woman in her 80s, had died as a result of COVID-19. That brings the total number of fatalities in the area…

Southwestern records 128 new COVID cases over weekend

December 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, Dec. 20, was reporting 128 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the weekend in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, or an average of just under 43 per day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit rose to 313 Monday from 234 on Friday. The rate of…