Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2022 10:45 AM
As we approach two years since COVID-19 began circulating in our community, we recognize the sacrifices businesses and organizations have made to protect public health. While COVID-19 case rates across the province (amongst those eligible for PCR testing) are declining, the highly transmissible Omicron variant is still very prevalent in our community. We cannot let our guard down yet.
The emergence of the Omicron variant has changed how public health manages cases, eligibility for testing, and...
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 10:35 AM
Southwestern Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccination team is hitting the road! As a result, the large clinics in St. Thomas and Woodstock will adjust their hours of operation to accommodate a renewed focus on pop-up clinics across the region.
The health unit is confident timing is right for a more mobile strategy to encourage higher vaccine rates, particularly for people seeking booster doses and children aged 5-11.
“We have had a decline in appointments and walk-ins at our mass immunization clinics,...
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022 10:40 AM
News: Southwestern Public Health Board of Health Hires Dr. Ninh Tran as its New Medical Officer of Health
February 14, 2022
It was announced in mid-September that Dr. Joyce Lock would retire from the public health agency on March 31, 2022, following 8 years of service to the community.
Today, Southwestern Public Health’s Board of Health announced that following a thorough recruitment process, it has recruited Dr. Ninh Tran as its new Medical Officer of Health, serving Oxford County,...
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2022 04:05 PM
Repairs have been made to the watermain and recent water samples have been taken with satisfactory results. The drinking water is now safe to use as normal.
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2022 04:33 PM
Southwestern Public Health has been notified of a dog biting incident and is seeking information from the owner about the dog involved.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, at approximately 5:45 p.m. in Embro, Ontario.
An individual was walking down the street with their family and was bit by a dog. The dog is described as a large German Shepherd mix and the owner is described as a male, in his late 30’s to early 40’s, wearing a black coat. The incident took place near the...
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2022 02:34 PM
Temperature in St. Thomas, Elgin and Oxford Counties expected to dip to -33oC into early Saturday morning
Southwestern Public Health is issuing an extreme cold weather alert for the St. Thomas, Elgin County and Oxford County region, with windchill temperatures as low as -33˚C expected overnight on Friday January 28 and continuing into Saturday morning.
Cold weather alerts are issued locally when Environment Canada forecasts the temperature, with or without windchill, to reach -31oC...