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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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One dead overnight at Pinecrest: Total now stands at 27

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One resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon died over night. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the home now stands at 27.

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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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Three more deaths at Pinecrest; total stands at 26

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Three residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home passed away yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Bobcaygeon long-term care home now stands at 26.

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Total number of residents dead at Pinecrest now 23

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One resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon passed away yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the home now stands at 23.

At least 24 staff members at the facility have also tested positive for COVID-19, The Canadian Press reports.

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RMH attempting to move more patients out of hospital to manage expected surge

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As COVID-19 numbers are expected to worsen in the coming weeks, Ross Memorial Hospital is moving as many non-acute patients out of the hospital as possible – a situation that is putting pressure on family members.

Veronica Nelson, interim president and CEO of RMH, says given the predicted models of COVID-19 in Ontario, “all hospitals have been asked to create capacity to manage a potential surge in inpatient cases.”

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Two more Pincrest residents dead from COVID-19

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Two additional residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home passed away yesterday, according to Mary Carr, the home’s administrator.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths at Pinecrest now stands at 22.

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to give local companies opportunities to show the best of the human spirit.

With an existing connection to the medical industry, and facing a two-week shutdown, Whitney Plastics in Lindsay used the time to retool operations and start forming much-needed plastic face shields.

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