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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Since the arrival of COVID-19 in North America last month the elderly and immuno-compromised have been identified as the two groups most at risk of serious illness from this virulent strain of respiratory virus.
Governments have wisely counselled these groups to social distance and ride COVID-19 out in the safety and comfort of their own homes or apartments. If you are a home or condominium owner this is relatively easy to do, but as a renter this is much more difficult, especially if your landlord behaves like the one mentioned below.