Southwestern Public Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 last Friday, bringing the total number of active confirmed cases in the Oxford-Elgin region to 72.
By Monday, those numbers had surged to 102.
It also reported the region’s eighth death last week, an 89-year-old Norwich Township man.
“These numbers are predictive of a move to the Red Tier of Ontario’s Safe and Open Strategy which will have a significant impact on our local businesses,” said Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health in a Friday media release.
“These numbers – some of the highest of the year for us – are also predictive of an increase in serious illness, hospitalizations, ICU stays, and death.
“There is good news, however,” Lock added. “The good news is that each of you has what it takes to bring these numbers down, to decrease the amount of virus circulating in our community, and to lower the risk to the community we love.”