Posted on Monday, January 29, 2024 10:07 AM
January 29, 2024Bernia Martin Elected Chair of Southwestern Public Health Board of Health
Stephen Molnar and Catherine Agar were also welcomed to the local board of health as its newest provincial appointees
Last week, at the first Southwestern Public Health Board of Health meeting of 2024, Oxford County Councillor Bernia Martin was elected Chair of the now thirteen-member Board, and Councillor Grant Jones, County of Elgin, was elected Vice Chair.
Martin was elected Councillor of the City of...
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024 09:53 AM
Public Health issues annual reminder about fluoride and sodium in Oxford drinking water.
January 23, 2024
Southwestern Public Health is issuing a public reminder about levels of naturally present fluoride and sodium in some of Oxford County’s municipal drinking water which may pose a concern for specific residents. Parents with children seven years of age and under should be aware of fluoride exposure to prevent dental fluorosis, while those on sodium-restricted diets should pay...
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 02:30 PM
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Community,
Following time away from the office to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, we’re firing up our computers, filling our coffee cups, and diving right back into the work of protecting and promoting health in Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas.
Our priorities are diverse this year – ranging from emergency preparedness to substance use prevention in youth, to child immunization. They include harm reduction, mental health...
Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2023 10:39 AM
December 5, 2023Seven Lab Confirmed Cases of Influenza Identified in the Southwestern Public Health Region
Over the past week, Southwestern Public Health has received notification of seven lab-confirmed cases of influenza A – the first cases of the 2023/24 season. One case was in a resident of a local Long-Term Care Home. The remaining cases were in individuals living in the community.
These confirmed cases are an indication that influenza is circulating within our community....
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023 10:45 AM
Southwestern Public Health has been notified of a dog biting incident.
The incident happened on November 29th between 5:00PM-5:30PM at the Cowan Fields Park in Woodstock.
The dog is described as brown and white in colour, believed to be an Australian Shepherd.
The dog owner is described as a man with grey hair, believed to be in his 60s - 70s, driving a newer white pickup truck. The dog owner was playing fetch with his dog in the park with a yellow-orange ball, similar in size to a tennis ball....
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2023 01:29 PM
A Message for Families Living in Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas
The weather has cooled, we’ve returned indoors, and many of us are preparing for the busy holiday season. Public health, in partnership with the Oxford and Elgin Ontario Health Teams, want nothing more than for your household to enjoy your favourite people, places and activities over the coming weeks.
This is the peak season for respiratory illness (“colds”, influenza, Covid-19, and RSV). We want to remind...