Just a day after reporting no active Covid-19 cases in Oxford County, today’s data release from Southwestern Public Health shows a new, solitary case is being reported in Woodstock. Southwestern Public Health covers Oxford County, as well as Elgin County and the city of St. Thomas.

When added to the two continuing cases in Elgin County, the grand total for the area is back up at 3 active cases. In Elgin, there’s a single active case each in Dutton/Dunwich and Malahide Township.

In an attempt to reduce the risk of the virus spreading on farms in the area, Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health, has issued a Class Order today under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. The order lists 22 measures agricultural employers must follow if they employ migrant farm workers, temporary foreign workers, local workers or workers from temporary help agencies. There has been one agricultural outbreak in the area infecting 2 residents and 20 temporary foreign workers, all of whom have recovered. But more serious outbreaks have occurred in other jurisdictions. Details on the order and possible fines for violations can be found on the Southwestern Public Health website. It will be in effect until further notice.

Websites to check regularly include…

Southwestern Public Health: https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Oxford County: http://www.oxfordcounty.ca/covid-19

Town of Tillsonburg: https://www.tillsonburg.ca/en/town-hall/novel-conoravirus-covid-19-information.aspx

Stay safe, stay apart, stay home (as much as possible), stay informed…and wash your hands often.