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Keep social distancing to avoid high number of deaths in Kawartha Lakes: Expert

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It’s critical that Kawartha Lakes – a community with a high number of older people – stay the course on social distancing to avoid any further community spread of COVID-19.

This, according to an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, Ashleigh Tuite, will be the key to prevent any large scale death numbers here.

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Local news more essential than ever: A message from the publisher

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As journalists, we tend to see our community in stories.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re more aware than ever that our community has amazing stories worth sharing.

There’s the story of our front line health care workers, who are the linchpins of this fight. Their courage is evident day after day as they put others’ needs first.

There’s the story of our vulnerable loved ones in long-term care and retirement homes, who hope to once again spend time with their families.

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Local doctor comes out of retirement to help patients with no family doctor

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Lindsay’s Dr. Alan Konyer has come out of retirement to help local patients who do not have a family doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Konyer says he has such “tremendous respect and concern for my colleagues who are working hard to save lives.”

“I am too far removed from critical care medicine to do hospital work, but I wanted to volunteer to reduce the workload on my younger colleagues and offer care for people in my home community who do not yet have a local primary care provider,” he tells the Advocate.

Konyer, who was raised in Lindsay and practiced medicine here since 1982, retired on Jan. 1 this year.

Patients in need who do not already have a family doctor can call 705-340-2677 between 8.30 am – 4.30 pm to get an appointment.

All appointments will be by telephone. Patients who already have a family doctor should call their doctor’s office with any health concerns or dial 9-1-1 in the event of a health emergency.

This service is being supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.

More than $70,000 in less than one week: Bobcaygeon relief fund

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The Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund, created to support the urgent needs of the area patients, families and health care workers affected by the Coronavirus, has received more than $70,000 since announced just last week.

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FanSaves: How you can help local businesses right now

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With local businesses forced to close or reduce their hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly launched FanSaves Helps Gift Certificate Program is helping give business owners a boost across the country and in the Kawartha Lakes region.

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An open letter from Pinecrest Nursing Home’s leader

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Pinecrest Nursing Home is deeply saddened by the death of four residents yesterday. The families of the residents have been made aware and the loss leaves a lasting mark on our residents and our care team.

The health and safety of our residents and our front-line staff is our number one priority and we continue to take every step necessary to prevent further spread of the infection.

In the last week, we have implemented the following changes in our home:

  • We have increased our staffing levels to ensure our residents get the high-quality care they need including more personal support workers and more house cleaning staff.
  • We have brought in additional cleaning equipment and have enhanced our cleaning techniques.
  • We have a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our front-line staff to ensure that all staff and residents are safe from further spread of the virus.
  • We have partnered with Compass, a meal service company, who will provide three nutritious meals a day for all our residents. This will help to relieve pressures on our dietary staff to focus solely on our residents’ care.
  • We have moved all residents who are ill to one section of the home to distance them from healthy residents and mitigate any potential spread of the virus.
  • We continue to work closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Health to ensure all correct protocols are being followed and that all necessary steps are being taken to manage the current outbreak.

We are grateful for the immense support from the community as we work to put residents and their families first. We are actively connecting front-line staff and families to mental health supports through Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Lindsay and will continue to prioritize their health and well-being.

I particularly want to thank our front-line staff for working so hard in service of our residents. We could not do any of this without their dedication and diligence to our residents’ care.

For information on the number of cases in our home and in the community please contact Public Health. They are charged with releasing that information daily.

Mary Carr, administrator

Support local truck drivers by letting them use essential services’ washrooms, city says

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During this COVID-19 emergency, the city is urging gas stations, restaurants providing take-out and others, to show their support to truck drivers by letting them stop to rest, get gas and use washrooms.

“They deserve our support, respect and thanks for ensuring we can feed our families and have access to necessary items,” says a press release from the city.

“From retail workers to healthcare professionals to truck drivers, the City of Kawartha Lakes is reaching out” to thank service providers for their service. Truck drivers from across Canada and here in Kawartha Lakes have continued to work long hours and days to deliver food, equipment and essential supplies to Canadian families.”

As essential workers, Kawartha Lakes “thanks all the women and men who drive trucks, who have helped us protect Canadians and keep our economy moving. During this critical time, the services of truck drivers and other front-line workers are most appreciated.”

Kawartha Lakes also urges community members to show their support by social distancing, self-isolating and quarantining when necessary.

By continuing to stay at home, wash your hands and follow the advice of the Government of Ontario, the community of Kawartha Lakes can keep each other safe, “including our front-line workers.”

For municipal information, visit COVID-19 Information.

Premier and mayor offer different visions on return of cottagers

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On March 27, Kawartha Lakes residents heard two very different messages regarding seasonal residents heading to their cottages and rural properties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early on Friday afternoon Premier Doug Ford stated categorically, “that residents in urban areas should avoid heading to their cottages and rural properties across the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Council update: Teleconferencing on the way

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In a conference call with local reporters today Mayor Andy Letham provided updates on a story covered by the Advocate on March 25.

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