3/13/2020 2:15:06 PM
Update: March 25th, 2020 - Regional Intercommunity Transit Launch Postponed
In response to the COVID-19 virus spread in Ontario, the launch of the new intercommunity transit service connecting the Town of Tillsonburg with London, Woodstock, Ingersoll and other smaller centres has been postponed until further notice. The new service was originally scheduled to begin on April 1.
“In light of the current COVID-19 situation in our region, the Town is postponing the start of our new inter-community service,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “We continue to work proactively with regional and provincial partners and look forward to launching this valuable transportation service when it’s appropriate to do so.”
In the meantime, T:GO bus service within Tillsonburg is continuing with enhanced cleaning and sanitation of high touch areas every hour.
View the Town of Tillsonburg's News Release
Update: March 18th, 2020 - Municipal Office and Facilities
The Township of South-West Oxford is continuing to take action in response to the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Canada. For more up-to-date COVID-19 information please also visit Southwestern Public Health.
Beginning Tuesday, March 18th, 2020, entry to the Municipal Office will be by appointment only. All recreation facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Anyone who wishes to conduct in-person business is advised to phone 519-485-0477 during regular office hours (Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to discuss their needs with a customer service representative. Callers will be directed to online services if available, or offered other options as appropriate. If staff deem that an in-person visit to a Township facility is required, callers will be asked questions regarding their travel and health history prior to booking an appointment. Visitors with confirmed appointments may be requested to show identification upon arrival.
The Township is also implementing enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures at all facilities with staff present. In addition, staff who have travelled outside of Canada recently will be requested to self-quarantine. The Township recognizes that these changing service levels may present a challenge to some citizens, however we would not take this action if we did not believe it was in the best interest of the community.
The Township asks residents to remain alert in self-monitoring for any signs of COVID-19 infection or other respiratory illness. If you exhibit symptoms of fever, cough and/or trouble breathing a clinician can help guide you whether you may require further care or potential testing in person. The following options are available to you:
- Online self-assessment tool;
- Contact your primary care provider (for example, family doctor);
- Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse.
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Update: March 13th, 2020 - Message from Southwestern Public Health
The Township of South-West Oxford is aware of the growing concerns with COVID-19. We want to reassure our residents that we are monitoring the situtation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. They will continue to reassess this information daily.
Southwestern Public Health reminds residents that they can protect themselves and their family by:
- Washing their hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap;
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands;
- If possible, stay home if you are sick;
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centers if you are sick – check in with them by phone when possible.
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oxford County.
COVID-19 is a greater risk for residents aged 65 and over, individuals with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions.
The risk for residents that have travelled abroad will vary depending on the destination as well as the individual’s age and health status. The travel risk may be increased for certain settings such as cruise ships, heavily affected areas and international conferences and other large gatherings in enclosed spaces. It is important for all travelers to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which includes fever, cough or difficulty breathing for 14 days after returning to Canada. More detailed information may be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.
Government of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Government of Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Southwestern Public Health https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
The Small Business Support Centre - COVID-19 - Resources