As of Monday, June 15, there are six active cases of COVID-19 in the Oxford-Elgin region.
Southwestern Public Health reports one ongoing case in Tillsonburg, three in East Zorra-Tavistock and two in St. Thomas. The three East Zorra-Tavistock cases were new since last Monday.
A total of 6,851 people have been tested in Oxford-Elgin, including 549 pending test results. From June 8-14th, 156 people have been swab tested at the Tillsonburg Assessment Centre at 17 Bear Street. The local assessment centre can do 50 tests per day.
In total, since the first positive tests March 23 (Elgin) and March 25 (Oxford) were recorded by Southwestern Public Health, there have been 80 cumulative cases in Oxford-Elgin. Seventy of those have been resolved (no longer infectious), including the eight staff members at Secord Trails in Ingersoll, Oxford-Elgin’s most recent institutional outbreak.
Four people in Elgin County have died from the coronavirus. There have been no Covid-19 deaths in Oxford County.
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit reports 235 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday, June 15. Since March, the region has had 414 lab-confirmed (cumulative) cases, including 149 that have recovered and 31 deaths in the H-N region.
On June 3, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, H-N Medical Health Officer, submitted a report to the H-N Public Health Unit that gave a geographic breakdown of the region’s COVID-19, saying 29% came at Anson Place in Hagersville and 43% at a farm in Norfolk (Scottlyn Group in Vittoria). The rest was divided between Haldimand County 18% and Norfolk County 10% communities.
Further breaking it down, not including the farm outbreak, the 38 cases in Norfolk County (as of June 3) were divided between Simcoe (42%), Vittoria (13%), Waterford (13%), Port Dover (6%), Port Rowan (5%), Wilsonville (5%), Delhi (5%), and ‘others’ (11%). H-N does not provide daily updates on geographical distribution of COVID-19.
“Ultimately, the medical officer of health is charged with formulating approaches to advance the health of the 110,000 people who reside in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. In this context, the section 22 (all people who travelled out of the country to self-isolate for 14 days) will continue to remain in effect. In my judgment, it is one element of the public health management plan to contain COIVD-19, and is necessary to decrease the risk to health caused by COVID-19,” said Dr. Shanker Nesathurai in his June 3 report.
Haldimand County is currently in Stage 1 of the Province of Ontario’s regional re-opening plan. Southwestern Public Health (Oxford-Elgin) and Middlesex-London are in Stage 2, which allows more businesses and services to open.
As of Monday, Middlesex-London has 76 active COVID-19 cases, up six since Sunday. In total, the Middlesex-London region has had 585 cases of coronavirus – 452 have recovered, and there have been 57 deaths.
The Tillsonburg Assessment Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book an appointment for COVID-19 testing call 1-855-905-6148. Visitors to the assessment centre are required to wear a face mask. If you do not have a mask (cloth or disposable) when you arrive at the assessment centre, a mask will be provided.
Booking a testing appointment in the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit region can be made by calling the COVID-19 line at 519-426-6170 ext. 9999 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Callers are asked to indicate if they have symptoms including fever of 37.8 C or greater, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and loss of taste or smell. Symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose or nasal congestion. A member of the health unit team will return calls within two days to speak to individuals about scheduling an appointment.
Ontario has tested 1,025,500 people for COVID-19 so far, of which 974,872 were negative. As of Monday there are 2,630 active ongoing cases in the province (down 1,288 since June 8). In Ontario there have been 2,276 COVID-19 deaths as of June 15 (251 deaths since last Monday’s report).