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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Elgin County Resources:
Find the web link here: UW News Release & UW Elgin Middlesex Emergency Community Support Fund
Find the media release here: St. Thomas-Elgin Childcare
Find the press release here: County Flags Fly at Half Mast in Honour of Snowbirds Team Member
Find the news release here: Kettle Creek Conservation Authority Hiking & Trails
Find the news release here: United Way Middlesex-Elgin Seniors Response Fund
Find the memo here: United Way Middlesex Elgin Community Helplines
Find this resource list here: SWPH Community Health Resources
Find the memo here: St. Thomas/Elgin Alternate PPE Suppliers
Find the YouTube link here: How to Put On and Take Off a Cloth Mask
Find the media release here: County of Elgin Marinas Remain Closed for Recreational Use
Read the media release here: Elgin County Library Services Closure
Find the media release here: COVID-19 Assessment Centre at STEGH
Find the website here: Sew Strong
Find the media release here: Media Release: Elgin County Staff Impacted by Ongoing Closures
See this video here: St. Thomas First Responders: A Salute to SWPH
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
Southwestern Public Health, Ministry of Health & Other Resources:
Find the infographic here: SWPH Getting Tested for COVID-19
Find the reference document here: Ministry of Health Reference Document for COVID-19 Symptoms
Find the article here: SWPH Expects COVID-19 to Be Our New Normal
Find the infographic here: SWPH COVID-19 Weekly Report Summary
Find the web link here: Ontario Government Helps People Get Back to Work
Find the news release here: SWPH COVID-19 Outbreak Identified in Ingersoll
Find the infographic here: SWPH Should You Wear Disposable Gloves in the Community?
Find this report here: Ontario Health Optimizing the Supply of PPE
Find the link to this infographic here: SWPH COVID-19 Current Surveillance Summary
Find the memo here: Getting Your Workplaces Ready for COVID-19
Find the newsroom release here: Ontario Government Announces Additional Workplaces to Open
Find the report here: SWPH High Risk Area COVID-19 Report
Find the list here: SWPH Summary of Federal Government Benefits
Find the web link here: Ontario Government Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in Workplace
Find the newsroom link here: Ontario Government Extends Declaration of Emergency Until June 2
Find the poster here: SWPH Physical Distancing During COVID-19
Find this memo here: SWPH COVID-19 Screening Tool for Homeless Service
Find the presentation here: SWPH Updated Report: High Risk Areas in Canada
Find the infographic here: SWPH Wearing Masks on Public Transportation
Find the infographic here: SWPH Physical Distancing on Elevators
Find the infographic here: SWPH Face Mask for Public Transportation
Find the web link here: Ontario Extends Electricity Relief During COVID-19
Find web link here: Ontario Government Expands Virtual Mental Health Services
Find the web link here: Stats Canada COVID-19 Survey
Find the memo here: SWPH Guidance for PPE Use in Non-Clinical Settings
Find the infographic here: SWPH Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report
Find the newsroom link here: Ontario Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen
Find the infographic here: SWPH What is Physical Distancing?
Find the flow chart here: Guidance for Clinical PPE Decision-Making Process
Find the YouTube video here: LPH Coping with COVID-19
Find the link here: Ontario COVID-19 Test Results Viewer
Find the self assessment here: Ontario Health COVID-19 Checkup
Find the link here: SparkOntario
Find the framework here: Ontario Government Framework for Reopening Our Province
Find the memo here: SWPH Guidance for Community Gardens
Find web link here: Ontario Parks to Remain Closed Until May 31
Find web link here: Ontario Government Extends School Closures May 31
Find the report here: SWPH Updated COVID-19 Surveillance Report
Find the poster here: SWPH Monitoring for Fever During COVID-19
Find the poster here: Coronavirus: Who is being tested for COVID-19?
Find the web link here: Ontario Government Extends Emergency Orders Until May 6
Find the poster here: SWPH You’ve been tested for COVID-19. Now what?
Find website here: COVID-19 Updated Self-Assessment Tool
Find the infographic here: Don’t Take It Home! A Guide for Essential Workers
Find document here: Guidance for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
Find newsroom link here: Ontario Government Providing Relief to Most Vulnerable
Find the media release here: SWPH COVID-19 Working with Local Growers
Find the memo here: SWPH Essential Worker Return to Work
Find the memo here: SWPH Essential Worker Recommendations
Find the memo here: SWPH Guidance for Home Child Care Workers
Find the report here: COVID-19 Surveillance Report Summary
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