Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2020 09:35 AM
To Our Community,
More than six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic and all our lives changed. As of October 1, 34 million cases were diagnosed world-wide and more than 1 million people had died. In addition to the illness and devastating loss of life, the economy, education, movement within and between countries, and the way we live our daily lives has changed significantly.
In our region, we have had approximately 124 cases per 100,000 people*. This...
Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 02:02 PM
Southwestern Public Health has been notified that a member of the Mitchell Hepburn Public School community in St. Thomas, Ontario has tested positive for COVID-19.
Following notification of the test result earlier today, public health staff immediately initiated the case investigation. The source of infection is known; the virus was not contracted at the school. Close contacts are being notified of their potential exposure by public health officials. The rest of the school community will be notified...
Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020 12:10 PM
Southwestern Public Health has been notified that a member of the St. Thomas Community Christian School community in St. Thomas, Ontario is a probable case of COVID-19.
Following notification, public health staff immediately initiated a case investigation to identify the source of transmission and the individual’s close contacts. The broader school community was informed of the positive case by email from school principal Jason Schouten and provided with instructions about next steps. Close contacts...
Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health Asks That Only Symptomatic Residents Get Tested
Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 09:56 AM
High demand for testing leads to long wait times and stress on local health care resources
Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health, has issued a statement for the residents of Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas.
“We ask that residents book appointments for testing only if they have a symptom (s) of COVID19, or if they have been instructed by public health or a health care provider to get tested. The return to school and the recent increase in cases across the region has led...
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:50 AM
Wildwood Reservoir posted as unsafe for swimming
Huron Perth Public Health and Southwestern Public Health are advising people that a bloom of bluegreen algae has been detected in Wildwood Reservoir at Wildwood Conservation Area, which is near St. Marys. Blue-green algae can produce toxins which may be harmful to health through direct contact or consumption.
The Health Units advise that the Wildwood Reservoir is unsafe for swimming. Until further notice, residents and visitors should take the following...
Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:31 AM
Businesses in Oxford County, Elgin County and City of St. Thomas to require face coverings
Southwestern Public Health has issued a letter of instruction for all businesses in Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas to mandate face coverings in enclosed public spaces.
The instruction takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on July 30th and includes a one-week grace period to allow businesses time to prepare. Policies must be in place by 12:00 a.m. on August 6th.
All commercial establishments, public...