COVID-19 Information

Elgin County Declaration of State of Emergency

In March of 2020, Elgin County Warden, the Mayors from all of Elgin’s Local Municipal Partners, and the City of St. Thomas, each declared a local State of Emergency in their municipalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic developments in our region.  Municipalities 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.

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. The government of Ontario declared a second Emergency on January 12, 2021.

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

Elgin County Service Updates

All County Council and Committee meetings will be held virtually. These meetings will be livestreamed on Elgin County’s Facebook page – 

The County of Elgin Administration Building is open by appointment only. 

Curbside pick-up and delivery are available. For further information, please visit  

The Elgin County Heritage Centre and Elgin County Archives are closed to in-person service with strict health and safety protocols in place. 

Essential Caregivers:

  • Essential caregivers must receive a negative COVID-19 test, at minimum, every 7 days. 
  • Essential caregivers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 7 days.
  • Only one essential caregiver/resident is permitted at one time in the Home.

General Visitors:

  • General visitors are not permitted during Orange, Red or Grey levels.
  • Homes have suspended the booking of Indoor and Outdoor visits.

Short stay and Temporary Absences:

  • Short Stay and Temporary Absences are not permitted during Orange, Red or Grey levels.
  • Residents may be permitted to attend pre-booked essential medical appointments.

Universal Masking:

  • As of December 9, 2020, the Ministry of Long-Term Care strongly recommended that residents wear masks in common indoor areas in the Home, as tolerated.
  • Residents will be provided education and support from staff to put on, and, to remove masks in common indoor areas, as tolerated

POA Court Proceedings

POA is open to the public by appointment only. Ticket payments can also be made virtually or by telephone.

In-person court/trials have been suspended since the onset of the pandemic and have not yet resumed. 

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:

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:

The Province of Ontario announced a province-wide shutdown starting on April 3 for four weeks.

Residents are encouraged to look to health officials for information about COVID-19. Locally, this is Southwestern Public Health .

By-Law 20-38 – Face Covering By-Law

At a Special Meeting held on August 6, 2020 County Council enacted a by-law to make face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces in Elgin County. For more information and a copy of the By-law visit

Additional Resources:

Elgin County COVID-19 Information

Southwestern Public Health, Ministry of Health & Other Resources:

Southwestern Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health has new advice for household members of symptomatic people awaiting COVID-19 test results: stay home. 

Over the past nine months we have seen community division about the best way to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This division is not surprising. We each approach challenges from different educational, religious, political, and familial perspectives. Our ways of seeing the world are held deeply within us, and in times of stress, we hold on tighter to what we believe to be true.

We are writing this letter because we believe we need to conserve our energy for the long months ahead, rather than spend it in disagreement. More. 

Find more information about the Orange – Restrict Tier of the COVID-19 Framework and what this means for the Southwestern Public Health Region.

Follow these provincial guidelines if you choose to celebrate Halloween this year. 

Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province. Click here for details. 

Please click here to access SWPH’s COVID-19 School Support. 


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