Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 03:43 PM
Provincial shutdown limits interactions to those within your own household.
Due to surging cases Ontario is shutting down the province to spare lives and a pressured health care system.
On December 26 at 12:01am, Elgin County, Oxford County and the City of St. Thomas will face closures and further restrictions on businesses and services. Unlike during the previous lockdown These restrictions are expected to last for at least 28 days.
“We had hoped not see a shutdown,” says Dr. Joyce Lock,...
Posted on Friday, December 18, 2020 04:19 PM
On December 8, Health Canada approved the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the country. The vaccine works with the individual’s immune system to help keep them from getting COVID-19, to lower how much of the virus can spread in the population, and to help build herd immunity.
Ontario received approximately 90,000 doses of the vaccine in its first shipment from the federal government. The doses were shipped to 17 hospital sites...
Posted on Monday, December 14, 2020 11:53 AM
Southwestern Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health has new advice for household members of symptomatic people awaiting COVID-19 test results: stay home.
“COVID-19 spreads when people have close contact with each other. Our case history has many examples of multi-member households infected with the virus. For this reason, we’re asking everyone in the household to stay home until COVID is ruled out for the symptomatic individual,” says Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public...
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2020 10:00 AM
Southwestern Public Health’s vision is “healthy people in vibrant communities.”
A vibrant community is one where people are mentally and physically healthy, the land is fertile, and businesses succeed. It is a community where people come together to support one another, learn from one another, and celebrate with one another. We imagine this vision of community is one on which we all agree.
Over the past nine months we have seen community division about the best way to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic....
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2020 12:33 PM
Today Southwestern Public Health reported 19 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active confirmed cases in the region to 72. It also reported the region’s eighth death.
“These numbers are predictive of a move to the Red Tier of Ontario’s Safe and Open Strategy which will have a significant impact on our local businesses. These numbers – some of the highest of the year for us – are also predictive of an increase in serious illness, hospitalizations, ICU stays, and death,” warns Dr. Joyce...
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 03:07 PM
Southwestern Public Health is excited to introduce ‘Know & Grow’ as a sub-brand for its pregnancy and baby support
Southwestern Public Health wants to make it easier for families to find services for pregnancy and baby support.
“We had different program names in Elgin County and in Oxford County. We hoped it would be much easier for families to find us if they only had to remember one name, so ‘Know and Grow’ was born,” says Felix Harmos, Program Manager of Healthy Growth and Development for...