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...
Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 03:39 PM
January 19, 2022Local Medical Officer of Health Urges Residents to Get Boosted, Thousands of Appointments Available
Public Health Ontario has recently released data indicating that unvaccinated adults 60 years of age or older were approximately 19.0 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to adults 60 years of age and older with a third dose.
Southwestern Public Health is urging the more than 26,000 residents, aged 50+, with two but not three doses, to book their...
Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 05:16 PM
2021 is quickly coming to a close and we find ourselves in the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since this time last year, we have learned so much about this virus, how it transmits, and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. Across the region, more than 80% of those eligible have been vaccinated against COVID-19, which is our best protection from serious illness.
Yet it is important to acknowledge that we are not where we want to be right now. Many of us long for a time...
Posted on Sunday, December 19, 2021 08:00 PM
In the face of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, as of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 20, individuals aged 18 and older are eligible to book a COVID-19 booster dose appointment at Southwestern Public Health mass vaccination clinics if three months (84 days)have passed since their second dose.
Ontario has recommended third doses to increase immune response against the Omicron variant.
Appointments are required. Anyone who presents to a public health vaccination clinic without an appointment will...
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2021 04:42 PM
Southwestern Public Health is seeking more information related to a dog biting incident that took place in Tillsonburg yesterday evening.
On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at approximately 6:30-7:00 p.m, an individual was walking through the park and was bit by an off-leash dog. The dog is described as a rottweiler/border collie mix and the owner is described as a male with a beard and a blue coat.
The incident took place around the Kolin Smith Memorial Skate Park and Tillsonburg Dog Park.
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:40 PM
Southwestern Public Health is urgently appealing to the public to help prevent the spread of Omicron.
The COVID-19 Omicron variant is more transmissible than previous COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant. This increased transmissibility is expected to put additional strain on an already taxed health care system, with an expected increase in hospitalizations over the weeks ahead.
The best protection against mounting case counts and subsequent hospitalizations is using multiple public health...