The province has moved Southwestern Public Health into the orange tier of its Keeping
Ontario Safe and Open Framework for COVID-19.
Based on its case count as of Nov. 20, and incidence rate of 28.4 cases per 100,000 population, Oxford and Elgin counties were moved to the orange tier on Nov. 23.
The decision was based on an increase of cases, more evidence of community transmission, more tests coming back as positive, and an increase in outbreaks. It is expected this stage will remain in effect for at least 28 days, unless local risks increase and further restrictions are required.
As of Monday the health unit reported 62 active COVID-19 cases in Oxford-Elgin, including three in Tillsonburg. The highest number of cases were reported in Woodstock (22), Norwich (12) and Aylmer (10).
Currently, three cases are hospitalized (non-ICU).
A total of 274 people were tested for COVI-19 last week at the Tillsonburg Assessment Centre at 17 Bear Street.