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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Warning of renewed COVID-19 restrictions

November 4, 2021 | 1 Comment

Recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford has led Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock to warn of the potential return of pandemic restrictions in the region. During a news briefing on Thursday, Nov. 4, she reported that 21 new confirmed…

Third round of vaccinations expanded

November 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Ontario government on Wednesday, Nov. 3. announced increased eligibility for a third round of COVID-19 booster shots starting Saturday, Nov. 6. In a statement, the province said the third shot was to provide recipients with “an extra layer of protection against the Delta variant,” and that in coming months, they would be made available…

Three deaths in three days; hospitalizations in double digits

November 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced on Wednesday, Nov. 3, that an Elgin woman in her 70s who was confirmed as having COVID-19 had died. That’s the third death in three days in Elgin. An Aylmer man, 85, died Monday and an Elgin woman in her 80s Tuesday. The death toll for Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford…

Southwestern reports 93rd COVID death

November 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

For the second day of a row, Southwestern Public Health on Tuesday, Nov. 2, announced that a local resident confirmed to have COVID-19 had died, an Elgin County woman in her 80s. The death of an Aylmer man, 85, with COVID-19 had been reported on Monday. Nine area residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday,…

Revolver stolen from glovebox of unlocked car

November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police, in a statement Monday, Nov. 1, reported that on Monday, Oct. 25, at about 4:37 p.m., a black Chiappa revolver was reported stolen from the glovebox of an unlocked 2003 Volkswagen. The owner left the revolver in the glovebox, and an Aylmer man, 29, has been charged with careless storage of a firearm…

Aylmer man, 85, with COVID-19 dies

November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, Nov. 1, announced that an Aylmer man, 85, with COVID-19 had died, bringing the total number of fatalities related to the virus in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began to 92. The health unit also reported 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford,…

London bicyclist killed by stolen car

October 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police announced Sunday, Oct. 31, that bicyclist Michael Smith, 59, of London was killed in a collision with a stolen car on Wilson Line east of Belmont Road in Malahide on Saturday, Oct. 30, at about 4:50 p.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene following the arrival of OPP officers from…

Fatality on Wilson Line

October 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fatality that occurred on Wilson Line east of Belmont Road in Malahide Township on Saturday, Oct. 30, at about 4:50 p.m. Constable Norm Kelso said OPP officers from Elgin and Middlesex, Malahide and Central Elgin firefighters and Elgin paramedics were called to the scene, and the victim was…

Hospitalizations up in Southwestern region

October 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting Friday, Oct. 29, that six residents of the Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford region were hospitalized with COVID-19, three of them in intensive care units. That’s up from three hospitalizations, with two in ICUs, from Thursday. Southwestern announced nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area on Friday, down…

Driver killed in crash identified as Mya Klassen, 18

October 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police have identified the motorist killed in a head-on crash on Imperial Road just south of Lyons on Wednesday, Oct. 27, as Mya Klassen, 18, of Aylmer. She was pronounced dead at the scene after the motor vehicle she was driving was in collision with a transport truck, Const. Norm Kelso said…

MRI machine for STEGH

October 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced Thursday, Oct. 28, that St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital would finally be getting the provincial funding it needs to purchase, install and operate a magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) machine. STEGH in recent years has been designated as a “stroke centre,” able to deliver specialized services to patients that could greatly reduce…

Aylmer and area Elgin’s COVID hotspot

October 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Thursday, Oct. 28, down from 12 the previous day. The health unit is tracking 88 ongoing cases across the region, down from 91 Wednesday. Aylmer and area at 19 has as many ongoing cases as the rest of…