Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 10:31 AM
Southwestern Public Health finds positive mosquito trap during routine testing
Southwestern Public Health has confirmed that a local mosquito trap has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The trap was located in the Town of Tavistock. This is the first mosquito trap this year to produce a positive test in the Southwestern Public Health region.
“We have several mosquito traps set up across Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas to monitor and test for the presence of West Nile Virus...
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:23 AM
The Order is geared to any residents failing to comply with self-isolation instructions
Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health has issued a second Class Order under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act. This Order applies to all residents of Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas.
The order comes into effect at 11:59 pm today, July 23, 2020.
The Order is a legal measure that authorizes the health unit to enforce individual...
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2020 11:15 AM
Significant jump in cases reported in the region over the past two weeks
Following the laboratory confirmation of eight cases of COVID-19 in the Southwestern Public Health region over a two-week period, the Medical Officer of Health urges community members to behave as though everyone is a possible source of infection.
“As a community, we’re tired. We want to let our guard down, but we can’t. There are six active cases in our region. They range in age from teens to mid 50s. While the source of infection...
Posted on Wednesday, July 08, 2020 11:16 AM
Order outlines 22 measures that must be followed by agricultural farms.
Today, Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health, issued a Class Order under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Order is intended to reduce the high risk of COVID-19 spread within agricultural farms in Elgin County, Oxford County, and the City of St. Thomas.
“Based on the number of large COVID-19 outbreaks in agricultural farms in similar regions across Ontario, this...
Posted on Thursday, July 02, 2020 11:14 AM
Amendments strengthen the restrictions on youth access to flavoured and high nicotine vapour products
St. Thomas, ON: Yesterday, the Province of Ontario amended the Smoke-free Ontario Act, 2017 to further address the prevalence of youth vaping. These amendments strengthen the restrictions on youth access to flavoured and high nicotine vapour products to protect youth under 19 years of age from the harms associated with vaping. The amendments respond to parental, public, and health stakeholder’s concerns...
Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 11:12 AM
Medical Officer of Health offers tips on keeping COVID-19 at bay while enjoying regional beaches
Southwestern Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, is asking day trippers to enjoy their return to the region’s beaches – but to always keep safety in mind to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Southwestern Public Health region, which includes Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas, moved into Ontario’s Phase 2 reopening on June 12. Restaurant patios, salons,...