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Southwestern Public Health Confirms 4 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

Southwestern Public Health is reporting 17 recoveries today and only 4 new cases. This means we are down to 49 active cases in the region.

OXFORD/ST.THOMAS/ELGIN - Southwestern Public Health confirmed 4 new cases of the virus this morning and 17 recoveries. 

This means we currently have 49 active cases in the region with most of them in Woodstock. 

Here is the breakdown of the locations according to Southwestern Public Health:

Woodstock - 18

Norwich - 5

Ingersoll - 5

Tillsonburg - 3

Blandford-Blenheim - 2 

Zorra Township - 1

East-Zorra township - 1  

Aylmer - 6

St. Thomas - 4

Central Elgin - 2 

Bayham - 1

Dutton-Dunwich 1  

To date we have had 9 institutional outbreaks at Long Term Care Homes. The health unit is reporting two active outbreaks at the Bethany Long Term Care Home in Norwich and the Arches Transitional Bed Program. 3 residents at the Bethany Long Term Care home have tested positive for the virus and 1 staff member. So far, only 1 staff member has tested positve at Arches Transitional Bed Program. We currently have 3 people in the hospital with COVID-19 in our region and none of those cases are in the ICU. We do have confirmation about a positive case at the Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock, however it is not listed on the Health Unit's web site at the time of this publication. We will be posting an update on our web site as soon as we have more information. 

The number one symptom that has led to a positive test in the region is a cough, followed by a fever. Other symptoms that have resulted in positive tests include fatigue, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath and nasal congestion just to name a few. 18% of people who have tested positive in our region were asymptomatic. 

You can check out the new database from Southwestern Public Health online here. 

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