The Southwestern Public Health unit in Ontario is considering adopting new public health measures to mitigate the rise in COVID-19 case counts.
The medical officer of health for the counties of Oxford and Elgin says the daily counts of COVID-19 new infections in the area have been higher than those in the rest of the province.
Dr. Joyce Lock says the positivity rate in the daily COVID-19 tests in her unit is continuing to climb every week, reaching about 5.1 per cent recently.
She says her team is looking at the local data to see what additional measures can help in stopping the spread of the virus and reducing the pressure on the local hospitals.
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, which is one of three hospitals in the region, says it’s facing a dire situation, with the highest number of patients requiring critical care since the start of the pandemic.
The public health unit in Sudbury, Ont., reinstated capacity rules and some other measures last week amid a rapid local rise in cases.