Current Updates from Community Partners

May 20th – The Presbyterian Church in Canada Covid 19 resources.

The national church has provided a one stop shop to view the most current guidelines from the government of Canada as well as each of  the provinces.

You can access these updates here:

April 27th – Provincial Press Release re. Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province

Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery

April 27, 2020 1:30 P.M.

TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The framework also provides details of an outreach strategy, led by the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, to help inform the restart of the provincial economy.

Details were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“Our top priority remains protecting the health and safety of the people of Ontario and supporting our frontline heroes as we do everything in our power to contain and defeat this deadly virus,” said Premier Ford. “At the same time, we are preparing for the responsible restart of our economy. This next phase of our response to COVID-19 is designed to help us map out what needs to be done, and when, to get us back on the road to recovery.”

The government is planning a stage-by-stage approach to reopening the economy to ensure there are appropriate measures in place so workplaces can open safely. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health.

  • Stage 1: For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance. Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Hospitals would also begin to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services.
  • Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.
  • Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings.

Throughout each stage, continued protections for vulnerable populations must be in place, along with the continued practice of physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, and significant mitigation plans to limit health risks.

“Recent public health indicators show us that we’re beginning to turn a corner in the COVID-19 outbreak, while economic data, feedback from businesses and insights from our communities are outlining how we need to plan for economic recovery,” said Minister Phillips. “Turning on an economy after an unprecedented shut-down is not as simple as flipping a switch. We need to plan this out carefully to ensure we do not spark a sudden outbreak, undo the progress we have made and put the safety of the public at risk.”

To reopen the economy, the government will consider factors such as the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and the ability to implement protective measures to keep workplaces safe. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will provide advice to the government about easing public health measures using a range of set criteria, including:

  • A consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases;
  • Sufficient acute and critical care capacity, including access to ventilators and ongoing availability of personal protective equipment;
  • Approximately 90 per cent of new COVID-19 contacts are being reached by local public health officials within one day, with guidance and direction to contain community spread; and
  • Ongoing testing of suspected COVID-19 cases, especially of vulnerable populations, to detect new outbreaks quickly.

“It is because of the collective efforts of all Ontarians to stay at home and stop the spread of COVID-19 that we are able to consider plans to move into the next phase of our battle against this virus,” said Minister Elliott. “The Chief Medical Officer of Health has outlined some criteria he will use to advise government on when we may begin to slowly and safely ease public health measures and restart our economy. To be able to do so, we need everyone to continue their extraordinary efforts so that we can meet these thresholds and begin to move forward.”

Supporting the next phases of Ontario’s Action Plan, the new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, chaired by Minister Phillips, will be consulting with key sectors in all regions to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the provincial economy and develop a plan to move forward. The government and Members of Provincial Parliament will lead discussions with business associations, chambers of commerce, municipal leaders, the postsecondary sector, corporate leaders, small business owners, community and social service providers, Indigenous partners, Franco-Ontarians, entrepreneurs and others.

The work of the committee will build on Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the first phase of the government’s $17 billion response, that is delivering targeted relief for businesses and families across Ontario.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has had far-reaching economic impacts for businesses and communities across Ontario,” said Minister Fedeli. “In the face of these challenges, businesses and individuals have stepped up to support our frontline workers, produce essential equipment and keep our supply chains moving. Our plan to carefully and methodically reopen Ontario’s economy will ensure that businesses are supported on our path to renewed economic prosperity.”

April 13th.
Temporary Drop In Centre in St. Thomas

A temporary drop-in centre in St. Thomas has opened to provide a secure space for people during the daytime.  “We found the need for a safe drop-in spot downtown due to the closing of all restaurants and our library, as daytime stops (due to COVID-19),” says St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston.  The facility is at 423 Talbot St. and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days.   It is being operated safelty by Inn Out of the Cold (shelter) staff and volunteers,” Preston says.   Some food is being provided by Grace Cafe.  Officials say physical distancing will be enforced at the centre.   (As reported by CTV)

April 13th

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April 7th

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April 6th

From the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Help us fight COVID-19. Donations welcomed.

Help us fight COVID-19. Donate your masks, gloves and other critical protective equipment.

To help nurses, doctors, and other front-line health professionals combat COVID-19, we need equipment to keep us and our patients safe.
We are asking the community to donate unused & unopened masks, gowns, gloves, and eye protection to those who need it most. Across Ontario, there is an impending shortage of this critical equipment in our hospitals and health-care settings. 
Those in the veterinary, construction, salon, tattoo, dentistry and cosmetic surgery industries may have access to this vital equipment.


We are gratefully accepting:
• N95 masks (unopened boxes)
• Disposable or Reusable Face Shield Visors and Neck Coverings 
• Medical grade masks
• Reusable Respirators and Cartridges
• Tyvek Suits
• Portable HEPA filters
• Medical Grade Monitors (not home blood pressure units)
• Disposable Hood Masks
• Surgical gowns
• Protective medical goggles
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept previously used masks, gowns, gloves or goggles. It would be appreciated if donations could be clearly marked “St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital COVID-19 Donation.” Thank you for your generosity and support.

Dropping off donations

Please drop off your donation at the East entrance of the hospital (189 Elm Street, St. Thomas) between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Proper precautions have been put in place to ensure safety during drop-off of supplies.
Questions about other potential items for donation or other inquiries? Please email
Thank you.


April 3rd, 2020 – St.  Thomas Police Department.

Crime Prevention Tips For Business Owners

STPS Increase Beat Patrol and Plan to Open Temporary Satellite Location:

>  The closure of non-essential businesses in Ontario may cause businesses owners to worry about the safety of their store fronts and the overall well being of their business community. Our city has seen an increase in property crime since the COVID 19 outbreak largely due to the fact that citizens are not out and about deterring crime. Right now Officers are missing that extra set of eyes and ears the public provide to help us solve crime.

>  In an effort to curb the uptick in property crime the St. Thomas Police Service is enhancing beat patrol in the downtown core. The service also plan on opening a temporary satellite base next week. The satellite base will be located in tourism booth on the north side of Talbot Street at Moore St. The satellite location will offer Officers easy and convenient access to technology while maintaining a presence in the downtown core.

>  If you own a business in the city we ask that you consider the following crime prevention tips to avoid being victimized:

>  Remove all valuables from storefront displays to help reduce smash-and-grab thefts;

>  Remove all valuables such as cash from the till and leave it open. Place cash tray in plain view on the counter to signal there’s no money in the till;

>  Remove signage from front windows so police can see the inside unobstructed during patrols;

>  Consider installing an alarm monitoring system. If you already have one, ensure the contact list is up-to-date;

>  Clearly post signage on the door/window to indicate that the premises are monitored by an alarm company; that no money is kept on the premises and contact information for police and the business owner in case a member of the public sees damage to the property or suspicious activity;

>  If the premises are closed for an extended period of time, clean all glass surfaces and create a tracking log of when cleaning was completed. This may help investigators with suspect fingerprints in the event of a break-in;

>  Consider installing a surveillance camera system that can be monitored online by owner/management;

>  Consider using a laminate on all windows and glass doors to prevent the glass from being broken from blunt force. Although damage to glass will occur in a break-in attempt, it will greatly discourage or prevent entry;

>  Install latch guards on doors to protect against prying including on secondary doors such as employee and loading entrances;

>  Keep some lighting on inside for surveillance opportunities during the evening;

>  Ensure all doors are properly secured and regularly check all exterior lighting is functioning; and

>  Remove material around the exterior of the property that may be used to gain entry

>  Consider checking on your business daily and report any suspicious activity to police as soon as possible.