Elgin County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Today, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am, Elgin County Warden, along with Mayors from the City of St. Thomas, Municipality of Bayham, Municipality of Central Elgin, Township of Southwold, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich and the Township of Malahide each declared a local State of Emergency in their municipalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic developments in our region.
Declaring an emergency affords our municipalities opportunities to further protect the health and safety of all individuals, families and businesses as well as the vulnerable populations that we serve. This declaration also aligns with the Government of Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency made on March 17, 2020.
Municipalities across the County Elgin, including the Municipality of West Elgin and the Town of Aylmer both of which made similar declarations earlier this week, as well as the City of St. Thomas are working together to protect the health and well-being of our residents. Our collective priorities are: the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees; and maintaining essential services that our residents rely on.
The declaration also supports Public Health recommendations that reinforce the importance of acting now to help flatten the curve of spread of COVID-19, including:
• Avoid gatherings
• Practice adequate social distancing
• Wash your hands for 15-20 seconds with soap and use hand sanitizer
• Cough or sneeze into your arm
• If you have any symptoms, self-monitor and self-isolate, and contact a health care professional if symptoms persist
• If you have travelled outside Canada recently, ensure you self-isolate for 14 days
Residents are encouraged to look to health officials for information about COVID-19. Locally, this is Southwestern Public Health .
As a reminder, many municipal services are impacted by the COVID-19 developments. Residents are encouraged to visit municipal websites for more information on service availability.
County of Elgin Administration Building
As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are committed to doing our part in helping to slow the spread of the virus in our communities. The County of Elgin Administration Building is limiting unrestricted public access to tenants only. For more information, please visit here.
County of Elgin Libraries, Heritage Centre & Archives
Given guidelines from senior levels of government, all Elgin County Public Libraries, Heritage Centre, and Archives are CLOSED until further notice.
County of Elgin Homes
The County of Elgin Homes, under the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, is restricting access to all non-essential visitors to the home, essential visitors are identified as those who have a resident who is dying or very ill. An on-site Manager or Registered Nursing staff will identify those residents who qualify to receive visitors. Visitors identified as essential, as well as all staff, will be screened upon entering the home. If an individual does not pass the active screening for COVID-19, they will not be permitted entry to the home and it will be suggested that they follow up with public health or their health care practitioner. For more information, please visit here.
POA Court Proceedings
The Provincial Offences Administration Building is CLOSED to the public until further notice. For more information, visit here.
The Chief Justice of Ontario has ordered that: All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court. If you have any questions, please contact the POA office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 519-631-1460 x300. For additional information in regards to rescheduled appearances and making payments, please visit here.
Service of Documents in Any Legal Proceeding (Excluding Proceedings in St. Thomas Provincial Offences Court)
To arrange for service of documents in any legal proceeding in which the Corporation of the County of Elgin is a Party (excluding proceedings in St. Thomas Provincial Offences Court), please send email to County Solicitor Stephen Gibson at: email@example.com.
Service of Documents on Elgin County Prosecutor in any Part I or II Proceedings in St. Thomas Provincial Offences Court
To arrange for service of documents upon Elgin County Prosecutor in any Part I or II proceedings in St. Thomas Provincial Offences Court, please send email to Elgin County Prosecutor Jack Huber at: jhuber@ELGIN.ca.
Elgin County Resources:
Find the memo here: Elgin County Warden’s Golf Tournament Postponed
Find the information here: What to Do in Oxford County, Elgin County & St. Thomas
Find the notice here: Elgin County Cottagers Press Release
Find this media release here: First COVID-19 Death at STEGH
Find the press release here: Elgin County Launches #ElginStrong Campaign
Find the statement here: Joint Statement Issued by Family Physicians and Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
Find this update here: Information for Individuals
Find this update here: COVID-19 Information for Businesses
Find the media release here: Updated Website Information on CERB and Updated Support Information for Individuals and Businesses
Find this notice here: Land Division Committee Meeting Suspension Notice
Find this memo attached here: POA Memo COVID-19
Find this memo attached here: Admin Building Memo
Southwestern Public Health & Ministry of Health Resources:
Find the web link here: Ministry of Health COVID-19 Test Results Online
Find the information here: Getting Your Workplaces Ready for COVID-19
Find the summary here: Federal Government Benefits for Individuals
Find the story here: “I Am Coronavirus”
Find the information here: CSA Free Access
Find the information here: SWPH Be Smart Stay Apart Social Media Campaign
Find the information here: COVID-19 Guidance for Group Homes and Co-Living
Find this information here: Novel Coronavirus Case Definition
Read this poster here: Mandatory Isolation Statement
Read the statement here: Joint Statement Issued by the Family Physicians and Primary Care Practitioners of Oxford County
Find the information here: Southwestern Public Health Confirms First COVID-19 Death
Find the link here: Ontario Ministry of Health Situation Page
Read the statement here: Full Statement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
Find the newsroom memo here: Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People
Find this infographic here: Public Health Ontario COVID-19 When & How to Wear a Mask
Find this document here: Ministry of Health Safe Food Donation
Find this list of programs here: Emergency Food Access Programs in Elgin and St. Thomas
Find tips here: Tips for Parents Bringing Children to Playgrounds
Find this poster here: COVID-19 Alert Image for Protecting Yourself and Others
Find this new order here: New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada
Find this update here: Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open
Find the files attached here: Southwestern Public Health Confirms Second Case of COVID-19
Find this notice here: Southwestern Public Health Social Distancing Infographic
Find this memo attached here: Recommendations for Essential Retailers
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