There were just two new cases of COVID-19 reported in the the Elgin and Oxford counties region Wednesday, the lowest number of new cases in at least three months, while the outbreak at PeopleCare Tavistock was declared over.
There are now just 61 active cases in the region after Southwestern public health reported 26 more people had recovered from the virus. No new deaths were reported.
The bulk of the active COVID-19 infections are in Oxford County, where Woodstock has 23 cases. Tillsonburg and Ingersoll have 14 and six cases respectively, the health unit reported, while St. Thomas has eight cases. A handful of smaller municipalities have one or two cases each.
Four people are in hospital with the virus, though none are in intensive care.
Having close contact with someone who has the virus is currently the leading cause of exposure to COVID-19, although residents of retirement and long-term care homes have also been exposed through those settings.
The outbreak at PeopleCare Tavistock, which affected 85 residents and staff and killed 10, has been marked as resolved by Southwestern public health. The outbreak was first declared on Dec. 16.
With the outbreak at PeopleCare Tavistock ended, there are just two active institutional outbreaks in the region: One at Caressant Care Woodstock, where 54 residents and 23 staff have caught the virus and two people have died; and an outbreak affecting a single staff member at Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas.
There are currently four active cases of COVID-19 at Annandale public school, and 18 active cases across the Thames Valley District school board as a whole. The board did not report any new cases on Tuesday evening.