There was just one new case of COVID-19 Thursday in Elgin and Oxford counties while the count remained steady.
With one person recovered, the number of active cases remained at 19. This is the fewest COVID-19 cases in the region throughout the second and third waves of COVID-19.
Woodstock is home to 13 or the area’s 19 ongoing COVID-19 cases. There are also cases in St. Thomas, Norwich, Tillsonburg, Bayham and West Elgin.
More than 40 per cent of the region’s ongoing cases are in youth younger than 19 years old while another 21 per cent of cases are in people 80 to 89.
Close contact with a confirmed case is how 13 of 19 people in the region contracted COVID-19. One case was contracted via travel.
For the first time in months, there are no local residents in hospital with COVID-19 and there are no active institutional outbreaks.
The Woodstock Hospital announced Thursday it was reducing its assessment centre hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day because of a decreased demand for COVID-19 tests. The assessment centre will be closed on July 1.
The health unit opened second-dose booking for seniors 70 and older, as well as residents who received their vaccine before April 18, on Thursday. All three clinics in the region will now administer just the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine, with health officials citing Moderna vaccine supply issues.