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,...
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:06 AM
Local health experts advise continued public health practices until treatments and vaccinations are widely available
As Ontario continues to loosen restrictions and re-open the economy, officials at Southwestern Public Health caution that COVID-19 will be an indefinite threat.
Based on global epidemiology models and known attributes of coronaviruses, it is probable the COVID-19 virus will continue to spread. The World Health Organization issued a warning on May 13 that novel-coronavirus will likely...
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 09:09 AM
Today, Southwestern Public Health issued its first heat advisory of the year which also happens to be the first local heat advisory issued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A heat warning or extended heat warning is issued when prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions could prove dangerous to public health. Today’s heat warning is based on forecasted temperatures around 30°C this afternoon, with a similar forecast for Wednesday in the City of St. Thomas, Elgin County and Oxford County. Humidex values...
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 10:03 AM
As of May 22, 7 health care workers have been confirmed positive with the virus.
On Monday, a single case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a health care worker at Secord Trails Care Community. As of this morning, Southwestern Public Health confirms an additional six COVID-19 positive test results - bringing the total to seven health care workers within the organization.
The affected staff hold various positions with varying levels of contact with residents. They are all self-isolating at home. No residents...
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2020 10:01 AM
Warm weather has arrived and with it comes important seasonal work by area growers
As a largely rural public health unit, Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) has long worked with area farmers on matters related to the health and safety of the seasonal workers that come to Elgin and Oxford Counties to assist with the growing season. That work takes prominence with spring’s arrival. The region requires hundreds of extra workers to plant, maintain and eventually harvest local crops – all within the context...