COVID-19 - Mayor's Bulletins

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Message from the Mayor

The Mayor’s COVID-19 Bulletin is issued once a week on Fridays. Please rest assured that we are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area and won’t hesitate to share updates more frequently if required. We also update our main COVID-19 resource page as new information becomes available.

You can also submit questions and concerns to covid19@tillsonburg.ca at any time. 

Stephen Molnar,

Mayor, Town of Tillsonburg

 

Current Bulletin

October 22

Public Health Updates

As of October 22, 2021, there are currently 82 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 56 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 12 confirmed ongoing cases.

 
Other Updates
 

Ontario releases plan to safely reopen Ontario and manage COVID-19 for the long-term

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Termwhich outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

Ontario will slowly and incrementally lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing of face coverings in indoor public settings, over the next six months. This phased approach will be guided by the ongoing assessment and monitoring of key public health and health care indicators, such as the identification of any new COVID-19 variants, increases in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy and rapid increases in transmission to ensure that public health and workplace safety measures are lifted safely.

Learn more

 

Proof of vaccination is soon required for ages 12+ at sport and recreation facilities

Southwestern Public Health has announced additional proof of vaccination requirements  for recreational facilities used for organized sports. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will now be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport. The requirement will come into effect on October 31.

Learn more

 

Recent Bulletins

October 2021
October 8

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.


Public Health Updates

As of October 8, 2021, there are currently 84 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 34 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 10 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates
 

Proof of vaccination is soon required for ages 12+ at sport and recreation facilities

Huron Perth Public Health, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health announced additional proof of vaccination requirements today for recreational facilities used for organized sports. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will now be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport. The requirement will come into effect on October 31st.

Learn more



Open Letter to the Community in Oxford County

Healthcare providers and partners in Oxford have penned an open letter to the community.

Read now



Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Learn more

October 5

ntario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.


Public Health Updates

As of October 5, 2021, there are currently 77 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 31 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 7 confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates 


Open Letter to the Community in Oxford County

Healthcare providers and partners in Oxford have penned an open letter to the community.

Read now


Targeted COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening to Keep Students Safe

Ontario is improving access to local targeted COVID-19 rapid antigen screening by making it available for students through participating public health units where risk of transmission is high. By expanding access to rapid antigen screening, the Ontario government is helping to keep schools and licensed child care settings open and safe for children and students.

Learn more
 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Learn more

 October 1
Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.


Public Health Updates

As of October 1, 2021, there are currently 43 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. More than 80% of new cases are in people under the age of 40 who are unvaccinated.

There are currently 22 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 3 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 


Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians now need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

Learn more

 

Ontario cautiously easing capacity limits in select settings where proof of vaccination is required

Last week Ontario eased the capacity limits within some settings that require proof of vaccination. Visit the Ontario newsroom to learn more about which settings this change applies to and what the new capacity limits are. Locally, our Medical Officer of Health recommends all businesses and organizations in Elgin County, Oxford County and the City of St. Thomas implement vaccine policies. Find guidance and resources at swpublichealth.ca/WorkplacesCOVID19

Learn more

 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Learn more

 

September 2021
September 24

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of September 24, 2021, there are currently 40 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 22 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 3 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates 


Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians now need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

Learn more

 

Dr. Joyce Lock recommends all workplaces establish a vaccination policy

On September 20, Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health, recommended all employers and business operators institute a workplace vaccination policy that ensures staff, volunteers, on-site contractors, and other personnel are fully vaccinated (if eligible) to protect their employees and the public from COVID-19. 

Learn more

 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Many people don’t have printers at home. If you do, please consider printing for a neighbour or family member who needs assistance. You can also print at local libraries, and some large retailers such as Staples.

Learn more

September 17

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of September 17, 2021, there are currently 85 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 54 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 9 confirmed ongoing cases.

 
Other Updates 


Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower.

Learn more

 

New entry procedures at the Tillsonburg Community Centre 

As of September 22, 2021, the Province of Ontario will require members of the public to be fully vaccinated to access certain public settings, including recreation centres (O/Reg 645/21).

To enter the Tillsonburg Community Centre, visitors and program patrons must provide proof of full vaccination as well as proof of identity (such as a driver’s licence or health card) as required by the law. A copy of your vaccine receipt will be accepted as proof.

To learn more about the rules regarding children and youth participating in organized sports, please visit www.tillsonburg.ca/vaccination.

Town staff have no ability to override the law. After September 22, if you forget or otherwise fail to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to enter the facility. Arguing with or otherwise trying to intimidate staff into ignoring provincial law is not acceptable behaviour and may result in being banned from the facility.

Failing to comply with the requirements of O. Reg. 364/20 can result in charges under the Reopening Ontario Act. If charged under Part I of the Provincial Offenses Act (POA), set fine amounts are $750 for individuals and $1,000 for corporations.

Learn more

 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Many people don’t have printers at home. If you do, please consider printing for a neighbour or family member who needs assistance. You can also print at local libraries, and some large retailers such as Staples.

Learn more

September 10

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

 

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of September 10, 2021, there are currently 41 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 27 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 1 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates 


Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower.

Learn more

 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt? Now that the Ontario government has announced vaccination passports are required for certain indoor settings as of September 22 many people are looking for a copy of their vaccination receipt.

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Many people don’t have printers at home. If you do, please consider printing for a neighbour or family member who needs assistance. You can also print at local libraries, and some large retailers such as Staples.

Learn more

September 3
Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of September 3, 2021, there are currently 33 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 19 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 4 confirmed ongoing cases.

 
Other Updates 


Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower.

Learn more

 

Vaccination receipts

Looking for an electronic or print copy of your COVID-19 vaccination receipt? Now that the Ontario government has announced vaccination passports are required for certain indoor settings as of September 22 many people are looking for a copy of their vaccination receipt.

With your postal code and green Ontario health card, you can print or download your receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. If you have a red and white health card or no health card, call 1-833-943-3900.

Many people don’t have printers at home. If you do, please consider printing for a neighbour or family member who needs assistance. You can also print at local libraries, and some large retailers such as Staples.

Learn more

August 2021
August 27

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of August 27, 2021, there are currently 28 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 13 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 2 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Southwestern Public Health is hosting multiple COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics to encourage a healthy start to the school year

Upcoming school-based pop-up clinics include:

  • Huron Park Secondary School, August 30 from 1-4p.m. (Woodstock)
  • West Elgin Secondary School, September 2 from 1-4 p.m. (West Lorne)
  • Emily Stowe Public School, September 3 from 1-4 p.m. (Norwich)

For a full list of pop-up clinics in Elgin County, Oxford County, and the City of St. Thomas visit www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility#vaccinepopup. Appointments can also be booked online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca at Southwestern Public Health’s mass vaccination clinics in St. Thomas and Woodstock.

Learn more

 

August 24

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of August 24, 2021, there are currently 27 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 8 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 2 confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates 

Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health welcomes all youth born in 2009 for COVID-19 vaccination

Following direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines by inviting all children who turn 12 in 2021 for the COVID-19 vaccine. This opportunity is for anyone born in 2009, even if they have not yet celebrated their twelfth birthday. This change is effective immediately.

Learn more


Last day for walk-in vaccine appointments in Tillsonburg 

August 27 is the last date for the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone born in 2009 and earlier, and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please bring your health card or another type of identification.

 

Ontario deploying last mile strategy to further increase vaccination rates

With over 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians aged 12 and over having received one dose of the vaccine and 75 per cent having received both doses, the government is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose.

Learn more

 

August 20

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).


Public Health Updates

As of August 20, 2021, there are currently 23 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 8 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 2 confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates 

Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health welcomes all youth born in 2009 for COVID-19 vaccination

Following direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines by inviting all children who turn 12 in 2021 for the COVID-19 vaccine. This opportunity is for anyone born in 2009, even if they have not yet celebrated their twelfth birthday. This change is effective immediately.

Learn more


Last day for walk-in vaccine appointments in Tillsonburg 

August 27 is the last date for the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone born in 2009 and earlier, and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please bring your health card or another type of identification.


St. Thomas vaccination clinic is moving

Six months after it opened, the St. Thomas COVID-19 Mass Immunization Clinic is closing at Memorial Arena and moving to a smaller space at 1230 Talbot Street. More than 94,000 doses of vaccine have been administered at the site.

Learn more

   

Ontario makes COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings

To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is higher, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics. 

Learn more

August 17

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Public Health Updates

As of August 17, 2021, there are currently 27 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 9 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing case.


Other Updates
 

Southwestern Public Health Medical Officer of Health welcomes all youth born in 2009 for COVID-19 vaccination

Following direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines by inviting all children who turn 12 in 2021 for the COVID-19 vaccine. This opportunity is for anyone born in 2009, even if they have not yet celebrated their twelfth birthday. This change is effective immediately.

Learn more


COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Ontario has issued guidance for schools, school boards and school authorities to operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learn more

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. The last two dates are August 20 and August 27

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

August 13

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Public Health Updates

As of August 13, 2021, there are currently 27 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 12 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has two confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario launches new program to recruit and retain staff in retirement homes

The Ontario government is investing more than $2M over two years to provide new and recently hired personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses with financial incentives to encourage them to work in retirement homes.

Learn more


COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Ontario has issued guidance for schools, school boards and school authorities to operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learn more

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

August 10

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Public Health Updates

As of August 10, 2021, there are currently 30 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 16 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has two confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario Rolls Out Vaccine Clinic on Wheels

The Ontario government is partnering with Metrolinx to offer a new, convenient option for people to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Converted GO buses will travel to events and community hubs, making it easier and more convenient to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more


Ontario Invests in Advanced PPE Material Made in London, Ontario

With funding support from the Ontario Together Fund, BIOSA Technologies, a London based biotechnology research and development firm, is investing over $1.23 million in the development, manufacturing and distribution of non-woven filtration material for N95 and N99 mask production and other PPE products. The investment will help the company scale up production of an anti-viral and anti-bacterial textile material for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) product.

Learn more


Ontario Training Young People for Careers in Creative Industries

The Ontario government is investing almost $1 million to expand on-the-job training for 350 young people in creative industries like film, music, gaming and animation. The initiative is focused on youth over 16 with disabilities, who are newcomers to Ontario, Indigenous or Black. This initiative is part of the government’s effort to ensure that youth, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, can connect to promising careers and contribute to the strength of our economy.

Learn more

 

COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Ontario has issued guidance for schools, school boards and school authorities to operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learn more

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

   

August 6

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of August 6, 2021, there are currently 36 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 23 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has two confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Public Notice: Risk of COVID-19 Transmission in Oxford County

On August 1, 2021, an individual in Oxford County tested positive for COVID-19. Southwestern Public Health has identified an additional 8 cases linked to similar exposures.

The individual visited several businesses during the time frame that they were infectious. As such, out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to stop further transmissions, Southwestern Public Health is asking anyone who visited the following places to get tested, even if they have not shown symptoms or are fully or partially vaccinated:

  • Pittock Conservation Area – Seasonal Campground only – anytime during the month of July, particularly from July 16 onward.
  • Brickhouse Pub in Woodstock on July 29, particularly from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home in Woodstock on July 29 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or any associated private gatherings after a funeral on that date.

Learn more

 

COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Ontario has issued guidance for schools, school boards and school authorities to operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learn more

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

August 4 

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of August 4, 2021, there are currently 38 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 22 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing case.

 

Other Updates 

COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Ontario has issued guidance for schools, school boards and school authorities to operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learn more

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

July 2021
July 30

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

*The province entered Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and will remain in this phase until at least August 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 30, 2021, there are currently 20 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 13 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has no confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates 

Mobile vaccine clinics available

Are you an employer? Are your staff telling you they are too busy to get vaccinated or that clinic hours are inconvenient? Southwestern Public Health is offering workplace mobile clinics across Oxford, Elgin & St. Thomas. Complete this form and health unit staff will be in touch to arrange details. 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

 

July 27

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 27, 2021, there are currently 15 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 11 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has no confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue). This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

 

SWPH urges residents not to delay vaccination any longer

The time to act is now.

That is the message from Southwestern Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, to community members who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Learn more

 

In-car vaccinations available

Southwestern Public Health is offering “in-vehicle” vaccinations at Mass Immunization Clinics. For some community members, there are psychological or physical barriers to seeking services in large spaces. Parents of young children might prefer to not bring their children into the clinic. Via a quick phone call, these individuals can arrange with SWPH staff to be vaccinated in their own vehicles in the parking lots of our Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinics. 

Book by calling 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

   

July 23

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 23, 2021, there are currently 17 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 11 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has no confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg 

Walk-in appointments are available on Fridays at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue) beginning July 25. This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (Fridays only). Please bring your health card or another type of identification. Please note this clinic will close at the end of August. 

 

Walk-in vaccine appointments at other SWPH clinics

Walk-in appointments are available at other Southwestern Public Health clinics in our region Monday to Friday. Walk in for your first dose, or for your second (if it has been 28 days since your first). More than 77% of our eligible population has had at least one dose. Let’s push that number well over 80% over the coming week. Remember, vaccination is key to returning to the people and places we love.

Learn more

July 20

Ontario remains at Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 20, 2021, there are currently 17 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 12 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 1 confirmed ongoing case.

 

 

Other Updates 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg July 19 to 23

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue) between July 19 and 23. This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please bring your health card or another type of identification.

 

Changes to Tillsonburg Mass Immunization Clinic after July 23

After July 23, the Tillsonburg clinic will transition to a Friday-only site to reflect ongoing demand for Friday appointments there. This will continue through to the end of August, at which point the site will close. Anyone who has an appointment booked in Tillsonburg after July 23 can reschedule their appointment online at www.covidvaccineLM.ca or at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Southwestern Public Health will also begin contacting individuals who have appointments in August, September, or October to assist with rescheduling efforts.

Learn more

July 16

Ontario moves to Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen today. 

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 16, 2021, there are currently 9 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 7 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 1 confirmed ongoing case.

 

Other Updates 

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Tillsonburg July 19 to 23

Walk-in appointments are available at the Mass Immunization Clinic in Tillsonburg (45 Hardy Avenue) between July 19 and 23. This clinic is open to anyone 12+ and operates from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please bring your health card or another type of identification.

 

Tillsonburg Community Centre will reopen on July 19

The indoor pool, health club and community arena will reopen to the public on Monday, July 19. Get more information about the status of Town of Tillsonburg facilities on our main COVID-19 page.

Learn more

 

Ontario updates testing requirements at long-term care homes

Ontario will be removing the requirement that fully-immunized and asymptomatic staff, caregivers and visitors be tested before entering long-term care homes. 

Learn more

 

Same-day vaccination list

On most clinic days, Southwestern Public Health has some extra COVID-19 vaccine due to cancellations and no-shows. The goal is to never waste a dose! By signing up on the "Same Day" Vaccination List (sometimes called our Cancellation List), you will be called if there are doses available at your preferred clinic. 12 to 17 year-olds waiting for their first dose are prioritized.

Learn more

July 13

Ontario is at Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. The province will move to Step Three on July 16. 

 

Current restrictions are:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Overnight camps;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Public libraries with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 13, 2021, there are currently 14 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 4 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has no confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Ontario moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021. It is expected that Ontario will remain in Stage 3 for at least 21 days and until 80% of individuals aged 12+ have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75% have received their second dose. Other key public health and health care indicators must also remain stable before additional measures can be lifted.

Learn more

 

Over half of Ontario adults now vaccinated with second dose

More than half of all adults in Ontario have now received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine rollout continues to reach all individuals aged 12 and over with first and second doses, while the province prepares for Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Learn more

 

Same-day vaccination list

On most clinic days, Southwestern Public Health has some extra COVID-19 vaccine due to cancellations and no-shows. The goal is to never waste a dose! By signing up on the "Same Day" Vaccination List (sometimes called our Cancellation List), you will be called if there are doses available at your preferred clinic. 12 to 17 year-olds waiting for their first dose are prioritized.

Learn more

July 9

Ontario is at Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. The province will move to Step Three on July 16. 

 

Current restrictions are:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Overnight camps;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Public libraries with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 9, 2021, there are currently 17 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 9 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing case.

 

 

Other Updates 

Ontario moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021. It is expected that Ontario will remain in Stage 3 for at least 21 days and until 80% of individuals aged 12+ have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75% have received their second dose. Other key public health and health care indicators must also remain stable before additional measures can be lifted.

Learn more

 

Over half of Ontario adults now vaccinated with second dose

More than half of all adults in Ontario have now received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine rollout continues to reach all individuals aged 12 and over with first and second doses, while the province prepares for Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Learn more

 

Same-day vaccination list

On most clinic days, Southwestern Public Health has some extra COVID-19 vaccine due to cancellations and no-shows. The goal is to never waste a dose! By signing up on the "Same Day" Vaccination List (sometimes called our Cancellation List), you will be called if there are doses available at your preferred clinic. 12 to 17 year-olds waiting for their first dose are prioritized.

Learn more

July 6

Ontario is at Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Overnight camps;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Public libraries with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 6, 2021, there are currently 17 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 8 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has two confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Pop up vaccination clinic for ages 12+

East Elgin Family Health, in partnership with Southwestern Public Health, will offer a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic on July 8. There are many appointments available to book online. Those seeking a second dose are also welcome to book, including youth aged 12-17.

 

12 to 17 year-olds eligible for accelerated second dose

As of Monday July 5, 2021, youth ages 12 – 17 are eligible to book an earlier second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if it has been a minimum of 28 days since the first dose. All clinics in the Southwestern Public Health region have Pfizer available, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for use by children.

Learn more

 

Same-day vaccination list

On most clinic days, Southwestern Public Health has some extra COVID-19 vaccine due to cancellations and no-shows. The goal is to never waste a dose! By signing up on the "Same Day" Vaccination List (sometimes called our Cancellation List), you will be called if there are doses available at your preferred clinic. 12 to 17 year-olds waiting for their first dose are prioritized.

Learn more

July 2 
Ontario is at Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen
  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Overnight camps;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Public libraries with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

 

Public Health Updates

As of July 2, 2021, there are currently 13 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 7 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing case.

 

Other Updates 

12 to 17 year-olds eligible for accelerated second dose

As of Monday July 5, 2021, youth ages 12 – 17 are eligible to book an earlier second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if it has been a minimum of 28 days since the first dose. All clinics in the Southwestern Public Health region have Pfizer available, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for use by children.

Learn more

 

Same-day vaccination list

On most clinic days, Southwestern Public Health has some extra COVID-19 vaccine due to cancellations and no-shows. The goal is to never waste a dose! By signing up on the "Same Day" Vaccination List (sometimes called our Cancellation List), you will be called if there are doses available at your preferred clinic. 12 to 17 year-olds waiting for their first dose are prioritized.

Learn more
 

Ontario further eases long-term care home restrictions

In line with the move to Step Two of the government’s Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario is making additional changes to enhance long-term care home residents’ quality of life. The changes will take effect Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Learn more

 

June 2021
June 25

Ontario remains at Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 25, 2021, there are currently 25 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 16 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has two confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Southwestern Public Health accelerating second doses for additional groups

Beginning June 28, adults aged 18 and older may rebook an earlier second dose if they had their first mRNA dose on or before May 30. Also starting Monday, when you attend a clinic for your first dose, your second dose will be booked a minimum 28 days later, pending appointment availability.

Learn more

 

Ontario moving to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Learn more

 

mRNA Vaccines: Effective, safe and interchangeable

The National Advisory on Immunization (NACI), the organization that advises the Public Health Agency of Canada, has endorsed the interchangeability of the mRNA vaccines based on current scientific evidence and their expert opinion.

The interchangeability of Pfizer and Moderna means that you can receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose. The result will still be safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the variants of concern.

Learn more

  

June 22

Ontario remains at Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

Public Health Updates

As of June 22, 2021, there are currently 30 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 18 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

Southwestern Public Health vaccination clinics switching to Moderna following news of delayed Pfizer shipment week of June 20

Following confirmation from the Ontario government that the region’s next shipment of Pfizer will be delayed for two or three days, Southwestern Public Health has announced several changes associated with its COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Tillsonburg, Woodstock and St. Thomas for the week of June 20.

  • June 21 clinics will offer Pfizer to all youth 12 – 17 and adults seeking second doses of Pfizer. All first doses to adults will be Moderna.
  • June 22 - 25 clinics will be exclusively Moderna for adults, and Pfizer for youth 12 – 17.
  • June 24 Pop-Up Clinic in Ingersoll will offer Pfizer to anyone with an appointment.

Learn more

 

mRNA Vaccines: Effective, safe and interchangeable

The National Advisory on Immunization (NACI), the organization that advises the Public Health Agency of Canada, has endorsed the interchangeability of the mRNA vaccines based on current scientific evidence and their expert opinion.

The interchangeability of Pfizer and Moderna means that you can receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose. The result will still be safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the variants of concern.

Learn more

 

Government of Canada's first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada

Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

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Accelerated second dose eligibility continues ahead of schedule

Starting the week of June 28, 2021 (days / sequence to be confirmed) all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose appointment. The appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval.

Learn more

June 18

Ontario remains at Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 18, 2021, there are currently 28 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 16 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing cases.

 

 

Other Updates 

mRNA Vaccines: Effective, safe and interchangeable

The National Advisory on Immunization (NACI), the organization that advises the Public Health Agency of Canada, has endorsed the interchangeability of the mRNA vaccines based on current scientific evidence and their expert opinion.

The interchangeability of Pfizer and Moderna means that you can receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose. The result will still be safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the variants of concern.

Learn more

 

Accelerated second dose eligibility continues ahead of schedule

Starting the week of June 28, 2021 (days / sequence to be confirmed) all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose appointment. The appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval.

Learn more

 

SWPH vaccine clinics now Pfizer-exclusive

Effective June 9, 2021, Southwestern Public Health’s three main COVID-19 immunization clinics will exclusively offer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for first and second doses. Moderna will no longer be on offer due to supply issues.

All individuals who received a first dose of Moderna will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their second dose a minimum of 28 days after their first dose. Both vaccines are mRNA-based and offer interchangeable and compatible protection according to Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Effectiveness is comparable (95% for Pfizer-BioNTech, 94.5% for Moderna). Potential side effects are also comparable between both vaccine brands.

Learn more

June 15

Ontario remains at Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 15, 2021, there are currently 23 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 19 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing cases.

 


 

Other Updates 

SWPH Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

As of tomorrow, Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 8 am, Southwestern Public Health and Middlesex-London Public Health Unit will expand eligibility for accelerated second doses to anyone vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021.

Learn more

 

Ontario accelerates second doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, including the Ontario Science Advisory Table, is further accelerating the second dose interval for individuals who received their first dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to eight weeks, with informed consent, from 12 weeks.

Learn more

 

SWPH vaccine clinics now Pfizer-exclusive

Effective June 9, 2021, Southwestern Public Health’s three main COVID-19 immunization clinics will exclusively offer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for first and second doses. Moderna will no longer be on offer due to supply issues.

All individuals who received a first dose of Moderna will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their second dose a minimum of 28 days after their first dose. Both vaccines are mRNA-based and offer interchangeable and compatible protection according to Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Effectiveness is comparable (95% for Pfizer-BioNTech, 94.5% for Moderna). Potential side effects are also comparable between both vaccine brands.

Learn more

June 11

Ontario moved to Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen today.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 10, 2021, there are currently 21 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 18 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 1 confirmed ongoing case.

 

Other Updates 

SWPH Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Southwestern Public Health is modifying how its COVID-19 vaccine clinics operate to make first and second doses more accessible to those living in Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas.

Beginning Thursday, June 10, earlier second dose eligibility will expand in the region to include people born in 1951 or earlier. Additionally, anyone who had a first dose on or before April 18th – which includes healthcare workers and people with specific high-risk health conditions – are also eligible for an earlier second dose appointment. To reschedule, visit www.covidvaccineLM.ca, or, if you need assistance, call the Southwestern Public Health Response Centre at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

Learn more

 

SWPH provides guidance to individuals with first dose of AstraZeneca

Recently the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) made recommendations on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines for second doses following studies from Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Ontarians who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy may be offered a second dose of the same vaccine, or a dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as their second dose. These second dose options will be provided only after the recommended 12-week interval.

Learn more

 

SWPH vaccine clinics now Pfizer-exclusive

Effective June 9, 2021, Southwestern Public Health’s three main COVID-19 immunization clinics will exclusively offer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for first and second doses. Moderna will no longer be on offer due to supply issues.

All individuals who received a first dose of Moderna will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their second dose a minimum of 28 days after their first dose. Both vaccines are mRNA-based and offer interchangeable and compatible protection according to Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Effectiveness is comparable (95% for Pfizer-BioNTech, 94.5% for Moderna). Potential side effects are also comparable between both vaccine brands.

Learn more

 

June 8

Restrictions remain in place on gatherings, businesses, services and activities. This includes limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to five people, subject to limited exceptions, maintaining a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only, subject to limited exceptions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 8, 2021, there are currently 24 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 17 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 3 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario to move to Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Learn more

 

Guide to Vaccination 

Southwestern Public Health has issued a Guide to Vaccination for parents and teens.

Learn more

 

June 4

Restrictions remain in place on gatherings, businesses, services and activities. This includes limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to five people, subject to limited exceptions, maintaining a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only, subject to limited exceptions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 4, 2021, there are currently 42 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 31 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 11 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

SWPH offers multiple options for residents 80+ to re-book their second vaccine appointment

Southwestern Public Health, in partnership with Middlesex-London Health Unit, has updated its booking system to better accommodate second dose rescheduling for residents aged 80 or older.

Beginning June 7 at 8 a.m., individuals born in 1941 or earlier can reschedule their appointment online at www.covidvaccineLM.ca. Seniors aged 80 or older living in Oxford County, Elgin County or the City of St. Thomas can also call Southwestern Public Health’s Response Centre at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9 for a staff member to reschedule their appointment. The Response Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Free rapid antigen tests are available to SMEs with up to 150 employees

The Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Rapid Screen Initiative. The program provides free rapid antigen tests for small and medium-sized businesses, with 150 employees or less. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and in the community. Businesses can order their free screening kits online here, and pick their kits up at 169 Broadway Street in Tillsonburg.

June 2

Restrictions remain in place on gatherings, businesses, services and activities. This includes limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to five people, subject to limited exceptions, maintaining a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only, subject to limited exceptions.

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 2, 2021, there are currently 48 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 36 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 13 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Family vaccine clinic in Tillsonburg

Limited appointments are still available at the Tillsonburg Pfizer Clinic on June 3 and 4 for ages 12+. Parents are welcome to book appointments with their child aged 12+. Appointments are required. Remember to have a healthy meal with plenty of water before you arrive, and to wear short sleeves to your appointment. Individuals are encouraged to book online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560. There are currently dozens of appointments available between now and June 11, including more than 100 youth appointments on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Remote learning to continue across Ontario for the remainder of school year

To best protect Ontario families from the fast growing B.1.617.2 variant, and to allow for higher rates of vaccination of students, staff, and families, the Ontario government has made the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safer summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year.

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Ontario maintains COVID-19 restrictions as Stay-at-Home Order is set to expire

Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order will expire on June 2, 2021. When it does, all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place provincewide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, at which point some restrictions will ease with an initial focus on outdoor settings

Learn more

 
 June 1

Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

 

Public Health Updates

As of June 1, 2021, there are currently 49 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 35 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 13 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario maintains COVID-19 restrictions as Stay-at-Home Order is set to expire

Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order will expire on June 2, 2021. When it does, all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place provincewide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, at which point some restrictions will ease with an initial focus on outdoor settings

Learn more

  

Southwestern Public Health finalizing processes to re-book eligible second dose appointments

On Friday May 28, the Province announced that individuals 80+ were eligible for an earlier second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Southwestern Public Health is finalizing a process that will make this rebooking easier. More information will follow later this week. Please do not call the Booking Centre at this time.

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COVID outbreak at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital declared over 

The COVID-19 outbreak at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH) has been declared over. The hospital first declared an outbreak on May 5 on the 2 South inpatient unit. The hospital has now returned to normal operations. 

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Ontario releases three-step roadmap to safely reopen the province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Learn more

May 2021
May 28

Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 28, 2021, there are currently 62 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 41 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 10 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario accelerates rollout of second shots targeting a two-dose summer

Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31, 2021. If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.

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Ontario releases three-step roadmap to safely reopen the province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Learn more

May 25

Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 25, 2021, there are currently 88 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 63 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 10 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario proceeding with second dose administration of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021.

Learn more

 

Ontario opening up outdoor visits for long-term care

In response to improvements in key public health care indicators, Ontario is pleased to announce that friends and family can now visit long-term care homes to see residents for an outdoor visit. The changes take effect Saturday, May 22.

Learn more

 

Ontario releases three-step roadmap to safely reopen the province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Learn more

May 21

Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 21, 2021, there are currently 104 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 80 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 17 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario proceeding with second dose administration of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021.

Learn more

Ontario opening up outdoor visits for long-term care

In response to improvements in key public health care indicators, Ontario is pleased to announce that friends and family can now visit long-term care homes to see residents for an outdoor visit. The changes take effect Saturday, May 22.

Learn more

 

Ontario releases three-step roadmap to safely reopen the province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Learn more

  

May 20

Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 20, 2021, there are currently 102 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 73 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 18 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates 

Ontario releases three-step roadmap to safely reopen the province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

Step One An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.

Step Two Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.

Step Three Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

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May 18

Stay-at-Home order has been extended and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 18, 2021, there are currently 105 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 76 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 16 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

COVID-19 vaccine booking expanding to Ontarians 18+ ahead of schedule

As of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, individuals aged 18 and over in 2021 across Ontario will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. On May 3, 2021, the government expanded booking eligibility to those 18 and over in 2021 and who live in one of the 114 hot spot communities.

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Applications open for new Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

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Tillsonburg offers property tax deferral option for residents

At the May 10 regular Council meeting, the following resolution was passed:

  • THAT Staff implement a property tax deferral for anyone who cannot make payments in May due to financial restraints recognizing that lockdowns, layoffs and shuttered businesses are creating undue hardships;
  • AND THAT the deferral program be similar in nature to the one that was implemented in 2020;
  • AND THAT the deferral be interest and penalty free and that payments are deferred to August, 2021 at which time pending the status of lockdowns may be revisited for an extension;
  • AND THAT the Town of Tillsonburg Council recognize that only the Town’s portion of taxes can be deferred by said Council

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May 14

Stay-at-Home order has been extended and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 14, 2021, there are currently 138 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 90 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 23 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Ontario extending stay-at-home order until June 2

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province.

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Applications open for new Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

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Tillsonburg offers property tax deferral option for residents

At the May 10 regular Council meeting, the following resolution was passed:

  • THAT Staff implement a property tax deferral for anyone who cannot make payments in May due to financial restraints recognizing that lockdowns, layoffs and shuttered businesses are creating undue hardships;
  • AND THAT the deferral program be similar in nature to the one that was implemented in 2020;
  • AND THAT the deferral be interest and penalty free and that payments are deferred to August, 2021 at which time pending the status of lockdowns may be revisited for an extension;
  • AND THAT the Town of Tillsonburg Council recognize that only the Town’s portion of taxes can be deferred by said Council

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May 11

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 11, 2021, there are currently 133 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 79 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 28 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Tillsonburg offers property tax deferral option for residents

At the May 10 regular Council meeting, the following resolution was passed:

  • THAT Staff implement a property tax deferral for anyone who cannot make payments in May due to financial restraints recognizing that lockdowns, layoffs and shuttered businesses are creating undue hardships;
  • AND THAT the deferral program be similar in nature to the one that was implemented in 2020;
  • AND THAT the deferral be interest and penalty free and that payments are deferred to August, 2021 at which time pending the status of lockdowns may be revisited for an extension;
  • AND THAT the Town of Tillsonburg Council recognize that only the Town’s portion of taxes can be deferred by said Council

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COVID-19 outbreak at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital continues

Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH), has discontinued admissions to all units except the critical care unit as it fights a COVID-19 outbreak. As of May 8, there are 10 patients and four staff that have tested positive for COVID-19. One death was reported Friday related to the outbreak.

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Southwestern Public Health expands vaccine eligibility

Amid a more steady-stream of vaccine being delivered to the Elgin-St. Thomas and Oxford region, Southwestern Public Health is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility several times this week to align with Ontario’s rollout timelines.

Ontario plans to open eligibility to additional groups starting May 11 at 8 a.m. with at-risk health conditions and Group 2 essential workers who cannot work from home.

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Southwestern Public Health launches “same day” vaccination list 

To ensure no COVID-19 vaccine doses are wasted, Southwestern Public Health launched a Same Day Vaccination List to gather names of individuals eligible for the vaccine who can get themselves to a clinic quickly when doses are available. 

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May 7

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 7, 2021, there are currently 122 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 76 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 30 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Southwestern Public Health launches “same day” vaccination list 

To ensure no COVID-19 vaccine doses are wasted, Southwestern Public Health launched a Same Day Vaccination List to gather names of individuals eligible for the vaccine who can get themselves to a clinic quickly when doses are available. 

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COVID-19 outbreak at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH) on the 2 South Inpatient Unit. The outbreak was declared Wednesday May 5, after three patients tested positive for COVID-19. All patients and families are being notified of this outbreak. 

TDMH is working closely with Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) to implement enhanced precautions and measures to limit this COVID-19 outbreak and keep staff, physicians, patients, and our community safe. 

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Tillsonburg vaccination clinic needs volunteers

Do you have a few hours to assist with our COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Tillsonburg Community Centre? We're currently looking for volunteers. Sign up online.

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Tillsonburg vaccine clinic is now open at the Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic is now open in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

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May 6

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 6, 2021, there are currently 117 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 75 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 27 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

COVID-19 outbreak at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH) on the 2 South Inpatient Unit. The outbreak was declared Wednesday May 5, after three patients tested positive for COVID-19. All patients and families are being notified of this outbreak. 

TDMH is working closely with Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) to implement enhanced precautions and measures to limit this COVID-19 outbreak and keep staff, physicians, patients, and our community safe. 

Learn more


Tillsonburg vaccination clinic needs volunteers

Do you have a few hours to assist with our COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Tillsonburg Community Centre? We're currently looking for volunteers. Sign up online.

Learn more


Tillsonburg vaccine clinic is now open at the Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic is now open in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Learn more

 

May 4 
Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of May 4, 2021, there are currently 136 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 83 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 31 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Ontario unveils $2 billion plan to keep schools safe and support learning recovery and renewal

The Ontario government is providing more than $2 billion in new supports to advance and protect public education for the 2021-22 school year. The support includes more than $1.6 billion in resources to respond to COVID-19 and an $85.5 million commitment to support learning recovery and renewal in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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Tillsonburg vaccination clinic needs volunteers

Do you have a few hours to assist with our COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Tillsonburg Community Centre? We're currently looking for volunteers. Sign up online.

Learn more


Tillsonburg vaccine clinic is now open at the Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic is now open in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Learn more

April 2021
 
April 30

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 30, 2021, there are currently 138 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 82 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 22 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Ontario prepares to accelerate rollout as vaccine supply increases

In response to an expected increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, the Ontario government is preparing to ramp up its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to further support at-risk communities. This includes a targeted commitment to allocate 50 per cent of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spot communities as identified by postal code, to help decrease COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations

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Ontario to introduce paid COVID-19 leave

While Ontario government continues to work with the federal government to further support vulnerable workers by doubling payments made through the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program, the province will introduce legislation that, if passed, will offer up to three paid sick days per employee.

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Southwestern Public Health Region broadens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include those 55+

As of April 30, at 8am, residents of Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas can book a COVID-19 vaccine provided they are turning fifty-five or older in 2021.

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Tillsonburg vaccine clinic is now open at the Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic is now open in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Learn more

 

April 27

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 27, 2021, there are currently 150 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 89 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 14 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Licensed child care workers across Ontario eligible to book vaccine appointments

Effective Thursday, April 29, 2021, child care workers in licensed child care settings will be eligible to book an appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900 or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. Eligible workers in licensed child care settings will receive a letter from their employer. This letter must be available at the point of booking and taken to the vaccination appointment. In the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings across the province.

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Tillsonburg vaccine clinic is now open at the Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic is now open in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Learn more

April 23

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 23, 2021, there are currently 159 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 90 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 23 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Southwestern Public Health advises good vaccine appointment availability

If you or someone you know is 60+, please go online to www.covidvaccinelm.ca to book your appointment at one of Southwestern Public Health's three immunization clinics (Goff Hall in Woodstock, Memorial Arena in St. Thomas or Tillsonburg Community Centre in Tillsonburg). You can also book by telephone at 226-289-3560 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., daily.

Tillsonburg to get vaccine clinic at Community Centre

A new vaccine clinic will open on April 27 in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The clinic will serve eligible SWPH area residents weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This announcement is consistent with the health unit’s vaccine playbook which outlined plans for physician, pharmacy, and mobile clinics in addition to several larger, more permanent vaccination sites.

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April 21

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 21, 2021, there are currently 188 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region. 

There are currently 99 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 28 confirmed ongoing cases.

 

Other Updates

Tillsonburg to get vaccine clinic at Community Centre

Today, Southwestern Public Health and its partners announced plans to bring more vaccine to the residents of Oxford County.

The new clinic, which will open on April 27 in the Lions Auditorium of the Tillsonburg Community Centre will serve SWPH area residents weekdays from 9am – 7pm. This announcement is consistent with the health unit’s vaccine playbook which outlined plans for physician, pharmacy, and mobile clinics in addition to several larger, more permanent vaccination sites.

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April 19

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Outdoor events/gatherings are now prohibited unless all parties are from the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or is a caregiver for any member of the household.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 19, 2021, there are currently 190 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 100 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 24 confirmed ongoing cases.

 


Other Updates

Recreation facilities closed

The Province of Ontario has directed that all outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields are to be closed including:

  •       Baseball diamonds,
  •       Soccer fields,
  •       Frisbee golf locations,
  •       Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis, pickleball courts,
  •       Basketball courts,
  •       BMX parks, and 
  •       Skate parks 

 Recreational amenities closed include:

  • Portions of park and recreation areas containing outdoor fitness equipment 
  • All picnic sites and picnic tables in park and recreation areas

Off-leash dog areas or park benches may be used if physical distancing is maintained. Playgrounds for children may also remain open.

 

Enforcement of emergency orders

Consistent with the new emergency orders, OPP officers will not arbitrarily stop an individual or a vehicle, or enter a dwelling for the singular purpose of checking compliance with the order. Individuals are not expected to provide proof of essential work. Officers who believe an individual may be participating in a gathering that is prohibited may require the individual to provide information to determine whether or not they are in compliance.

More information about the restrictions covered by the Government of Ontario's declared 'State of Emergency' and the updated enforcement provisions of the EMCPA can be found at Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19; ROA), 2020.

For all non-emergency police matters - including allegations of COVID-19 restrictions non-compliance - contact your municipal by-law office, call the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122, or contact your local detachment. Please reserve 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

The OPP will continue to provide public safety services to the communities we serve and support the efforts of federal, provincial and local health authorities

 

AstraZeneca vaccine available at Tillsonburg pharmacies

Starting April 20, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 40 or older in 2021.

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 April 18

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect and requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 16, 2021, there are currently 198 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 96 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 13 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates

Restrictions to be amended

On April 17, Premier Doug Ford tweeted the following: "Ontario’s enhanced restrictions were always intended to stop large gatherings where spread can happen. Our regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds but gatherings outside will still be enforced. Play outside safely. Parents keep your distance & wear masks if you can’t." Accordingly, Tillsonburg's playgrounds will be reopened.

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 April 16

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, announced today they are strengthening enforcement of the province's Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province's health care system. The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 16, 2021, there are currently 198 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 96 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 13 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates

New restrictions announced

Effective Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario will:

  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
  • Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.
 

Additionally, police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. 

Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.

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Vaccine eligibility expanded to those aged 60 and older

Southwestern Public Health and Middlesex-London Health Unit will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those aged 60 and older starting April 13. Anyone born in 1961 or earlier will be able to book an appointment to get their first dose of vaccine. 

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

Vaccine booking assistance for those 75+

If you experience difficulties booking a vaccine appointment and are age 75+, you can join the Southwestern Public Health Help List. Health unit staff will call you with an appointment location, date and time. 

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Schools move to remote learning following spring break

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has made the difficult decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break.

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 April 13
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). A provincewwide Stay-at-Home order remains in effect, requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 13, 2021, there are currently 177 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 84 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 4 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates

Vaccine eligibility expanded to those aged 60 and older

Southwestern Public Health and Middlesex-London Health Unit will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those aged 60 and older starting April 13. Anyone born in 1961 or earlier will be able to book an appointment to get their first dose of vaccine. 

Learn more

 

Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

Vaccine booking assistance for those 75+

If you experience difficulties booking a vaccine appointment and are age 75+, you can join the Southwestern Public Health Help List. Health unit staff will call you with an appointment location, date and time. 

Learn more

 

Schools move to remote learning following spring break

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has made the difficult decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break.

Learn more

 April 9
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province's hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.

Beginning Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a province-wide Stay-at-Home order is in effect, requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. As Ontario's health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 9, 2021, there are currently 123 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 66 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 8 confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

Pre-registration available for Essential Workplaces

Do you operate an Essential Workplace with workers who cannot work from home? Pre-registration is open at www.swpublichealth.ca/preregisteracohort for leadership and owners at applicable Essential Workplaces to register their organization. A reminder, this is a pre-registration only. 

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Vaccine eligibility expanded to those aged 65 and older

Strong uptake combined with increasing supply and the start of vaccination in local pharmacies have led the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those aged 65 and older.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 April 7
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province's hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. As Ontario's health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.

In addition, the province is also strengthening public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 7, 2021, there are currently 112 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 70 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has 11 confirmed ongoing cases.


Other Updates

Vaccine rollout by postal code in “hot spot” communities

The Ontario government is moving into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with a focus on reaching individuals in "hot spot" communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods. In addition, this phase will prioritize individuals with the highest-risk health conditions in April 2021.

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Vaccine eligibility expanded to those aged 65 and older

Strong uptake combined with increasing supply and the start of vaccination in local pharmacies have led the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those aged 65 and older.

Learn more

 

Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 April 1
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The province-wide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

 

Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.
  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;
  • Prohibiting personal care services;

  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only;
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;
  • Requiring day camps to close; and,
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

 

Public Health Updates

As of April 1, 2021, there are currently 90 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 49 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has seven confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

Ontario expanding pharmacy and primary care locations for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021.

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Province Doubles Support for Parents With New Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

The Ontario government is providing parents with $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.

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Vaccination information from Southwestern Public Health

Booking an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has not been easy for everyone. With such a high demand, the phone lines have been very busy. Southwestern Public Health is committed to getting the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors 80+ living in Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas. Please visit https://forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List  and complete the form for yourself, or someone you know (80+), who wants a COVID-19 vaccine. We will call the individual with the date and time of an appointment at the location of their choice.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

March 2021
 
 March 30
At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. 

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Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 30, 2021, there are currently 84 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 40 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has five confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

Eligibility expanded to age 70+

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) has expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. With COVID-19 vaccination efforts going well for those between the ages of 75 and 79, Southwestern Public Health and the Middlesex-London Health Unit will expand the list of those who can receive the vaccine to include all those 70 years of age and older. The expanded eligibility comes into effect immediately. For full details visit www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 

Check-in calls with Oxford County Library (OCL)

Right now it's more difficult to visit our branch libraries and speak with library staff in person. There are so many services that OCL can provide to you while you’re at home – books to read, DVDs to watch, online courses, magazines and newspapers, streaming entertainment—all free of charge with an OCL card. No card? No problem! We can get you signed up. From no-tech to high-tech, we can connect you with the services that work best for you. Let our friendly staff spend some time with you over the phone and walk you through how to access these services.  We are here for you. Connect with us by calling 226-232-5092.

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Middlesex-London Health Unit moves to Red

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving Middlesex-London Health Unit to the Red-Control level in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The decision was made at the request of the local medical officer of health due to concerning trends in public health indicators in the region.

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 March 26
 

At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. We are expected to remain at this level for at least another week.

 

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Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 26, 2021, there are currently 76 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 47 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has five confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

COVID-19 vaccine appointments for age 75+ 

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) has expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to an age group that ranges from those who will turn 75 this year to those who are 79. Eligibility now also includes all Indigenous community members 16+, as well as faith leaders who, as part of their regular role, are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 through close contact with persons and families in specific circumstances. These individuals will be given appointment booking information from their workplace.  For full details visit www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 

Ontario small business support grant doubles

The Ontario government is providing additional support to eligible small businesses to help with the ongoing costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confirmed eligible recipients of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will automatically receive a second payment equal to the amount of their first payment, for minimum total support of $20,000 up to a maximum of $40,000. This support to help small business owners keep the doors open and workers employed is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.

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 March 23
At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. We are expected to remain at this level for at least another week.

 

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Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 23, 2021, there are currently 78 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 52 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has five confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

COVID-19 vaccine appointments for age 75+ 

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) has expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to an age group that ranges from those who will turn 75 this year to those who are 79. 

Learn more

 

Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 March 19

At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. We are expected to remain at this level for at least another week.

 

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Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 19, 2021, there are currently 66 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 45 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has three confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

COVID-19 vaccine appointments for age 75+ open on Monday

The Province of Ontario announced it will be expanding the list of those who can receive a vaccine. Following Premier Doug Ford’s announcement, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) and Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to an age group that ranges from those who will turn 75 this year to those who are 79, starting Monday, March 22.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 
 March 16
At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. We are expected to remain at this level for at least another week.

 

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Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 16, 2021, there are currently 72 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 45 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has three confirmed ongoing cases.

Other Updates

First vaccines given in Oxford and Elgin

The first vaccines were given in Oxford and Elgin on Monday. More than 2,000 vaccinations will be given over the course of this week, with another 5,000 planned for the week of March 22. An additional batch of appointments will be released weekly on Mondays based on vaccine inventory that arrives to the two Southwestern Public Health vaccination clinics in St. Thomas and Woodstock. It is expected a new block of appointments will be released on Monday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m. for the following week. Eligible individuals who do not directly receive booking information through an employer, a care provider’s home, or a care provider, are asked to book at www.covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560. Please do not call public health, primary care providers, or arrive at the vaccination clinics to book appointments.

Learn more

 

Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 March 10
At this time, Tillsonburg and other communities in the Southwestern Public Health region are at the ORANGE level in the framework. We are expected to remain at this level for at least another week.

 

View Framework

 

Highlights from the Orange Zone include:

  • Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards, or parks (for example, barbeques) are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces) are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services may operate at 30% capacity indoors or hold outdoor services of no more than 100 people.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments have a capacity limit of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 4 people per table.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities have indoor capacity limits of 10 people per class or 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines.
  • Personal care services: services that require a guest to remove their mask or face covering are not permitted.

A full list of Orange-Restrict requirements is on the Ontario.ca website.

There will be a temptation to socialize more, to open our homes to friends and family—and gather in groups. Please continue to limit close contact, keep your distance, mask up, and socialize outdoors when the weather supports that opportunity. Following these measures will keep people safe and healthy until the vaccine is more widely available. 

 

Public Health Updates

As of March 10, 2021, there are currently 49 confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 reported in the Southwestern Public Health region.

There are currently 27 ongoing confirmed cases in Oxford County.

Tillsonburg currently has one confirmed ongoing case.

Other Updates

Southwestern Public Health COVID-19 vaccination information

Southwestern Public Health will open another large block of vaccine appointments for eligible Oxford County, Elgin County and City of St. Thomas residents on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Appointments are available at the new Southwestern Public Health region sites – Goff Hall in Woodstock (381 Finkle Street) and St. Thomas-Elgin Memorial Arena in St. Thomas (80 Wilson Ave), as well as available locations in London and Middlesex.

Find current vaccine eligibility details at www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility.

To book an appointment online go to www.covidvaccinelm.ca. Locate the City of St. Thomas Memorial Arena option or the City of Woodstock Goff Hall option from the location dropdown menu.

To book an appointment by phone call 226-289-3560 (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday)

Remember to complete your consent form prior to arrival.

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Complete your consent form

Southwestern Public Health is reminding the public that consent forms are required for anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who anticipate they will want a vaccine do not need to wait to fill out this form. It can be completed now while you await eligibility.

 



Video Messages

I will also be sharing video messages on the Town's Facebook page during this challenging time. If you have questions you'd like me to answer, please send them to covid-19@tillsonburg.ca.

 

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