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30 new cases from weekend

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Monday, Oct. 18, or an average of 10 a day. On Friday, the health unit had reported 24 new cases for one day. Southwestern is currently monitoring 88 ongoing cases across its area, down from 92 on…

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89th death related to COVID-19

For the second day in a row, Southwestern Public Health on Friday, Oct. 15, announced a death related to COVID-19, this time involving an Oxford woman in her 70s. Her death brings to 89 the number of fatalities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford. The death of a St. Thomas…

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St. Thomas man region’s 88th COVID-19 death

Southwestern Public Health on Thursday, Oct. 14, announced the death related to COVID-19 of a St. Thomas man in his 60s. His was the 88th such death in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began. The health unit was also reporting 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down from 13 the…

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Rising COVID counts bring warning

Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock issued a special appeal to area residents in the face of steadily rising COVID-19 case counts, Wednesday, Oct. 13. In a statement, she said local numbers “are rising at a time when the seven-day average number of cases in Ontario is declining. “Most active cases…

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53 new cases over the Thanksgiving weekend

Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford are continuing to experience a slow increase in the number of new and ongoing cases of COVID-19 among residents. Southwestern Public Health on Tuesday, Oct. 12, reported 53 new cases were confirmed over four days during Thanksgiving, or an average of just over 13 a day, compared to 16 last…

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Two crash death victims named

Peter Harder, 29, of Aylmer and Neil Banman, 26, of Chatham-Kent, died after a pickup truck went into a ditch on Richmond Road between Vienna Line and Calton Line, on the boundary between Malahide and Bayham, on Saturday night, Oct. 9, at about 8:53 p.m. A third person from that truck was also badly injured…

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Two dead after crash on Richmond Road

Two persons died and a third was seriously injured after a pickup truck left Richmond Road, entered a ditch and rolled over several times, ejecting the driver and a passenger, on Saturday, Oct. 9, about 8:53 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police Acting Sergeant Ed Sanchuk, in a statement, said that speed, alcohol and lack of use…

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Southwestern COVID-19 cases continue gradual rise

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Friday, Oct. 8, up from 11 new cases the previous day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit also rose, to 84 Friday from 79 Thursday. A quarter of the cases involve residents…

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Jessie Reimer, 28, dies from crash injuries

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported on Thursday, Oct. 7, that Jessie Reimer, 28, of Brownsville had died of injuries she sustained during a crash involving her sports-utility vehicle and a grain truck on Lyons Line on Thursday, Sept. 30. The westbound SUV had been westbound on Lyons Line and struck the rear of the grain…

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Aylmer man, 75, dies of COVID-19

Southwestern Public Health reported the death of an Aylmer man, 75, related to COVID-19 on Tuesday morning, Oct. 5. He is the 87th resident of Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford area to die so far in the pandemic. The region has seen a surge of confirmed cases in the last week. The number of ongoing…

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