Southwestern Public Health reports the second Covid-19 death in Elgin County today. The latest victim is a woman in her 70’s. Condolences to her family and friends. The previous victim had been a woman in her 80’s.

Four additional cases of the virus, including the latest fatality, have been reported as of this morning, all from the Elgin County area. A woman in her 40’s is the youngest of the cases while the three remaining were or are in their 70’s and 80’s. Transmission details of the four new cases are pending.

The total number of cases is now at 15 since the first case was diagnosed on March 22. Ten are from Elgin County, four (including one case which has been resolved) are from Oxford County and one from the city of St. Thomas. Four cases are being treated in hospital, six are self-isolating and a few cases are pending. Southwestern Public Health covers the areas of Elgin County, Oxford County and St. Thomas. Their website is: https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.

In Tillsonburg, the cancellation of the annual Turtlefest weekend held in June was announced today. Scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 19-20, the event is now postponed until next year.

In addition to town playgrounds, the following sites in Tillsonburg are also closed and awaiting receipt of signs posting such information: Memorial Park Pavilion; the Kinsmen Bandshell; the Lake Lisgar Gazebo; the Bert Newman Gazebo; the Rowing Club Dock; the Gibson House Dock; the Community Garden and all baseball diamonds. All basketball half-court backboards have been removed from Oak Park, Southridge Park and the Memorial Park Pavilion. Southridge hockey nets and the soccer posts at Gyulveszi Park can’t be removed due to posts in the ground, so caution tape has been displayed. And to discourage socializing, the Downtown Tillsonburg Business Improvement Area (BIA) has been or is removing their downtown benches.

Stay safe, stay informed, wash your hands and keep social distancing.