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Government sides with immuno-compromised renter

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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.

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Deep gouging from airlines as companies try to bring facemasks, shields to Canada

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The president of CardioMed Supplies Inc. in Lindsay, Rafael Dubé, is trying to use his supply chains to get much needed face masks and other critical personal protective equipment to front line health care workers across Canada.

The only thing standing in his way are the independent air cargo carriers who, faced with less passengers, are nearly tripling their cargo rates to businesses like Cardio-Med.

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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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Kawartha Lakes has 33 cases of COVID-19 — and 27 are related to Pinecrest Nursing Home

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is confirming today there have been a total of nine COVID-19-related deaths at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon since an outbreak was declared at the facility on March 18.

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Councillor, concerned citizens, set up Bobcaygeon community relief fund

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Kawartha Lakes looking at new alternatives to reduce environmental footprint
Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and concerned citizens are setting up a relief fund.

City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and some other concerned citizens are setting up a relief fund for the hard-hit community of Bobcaygeon due to COVID-19.

Nine Pinecrest Nursing Home residents had died as of Sunday evening. All are presumed to have died of COVID-19. It’s the worst known outbreak of the virus in Ontario.

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Two local police officers in self-isolation after possible exposure to COVID-19

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Two Kawartha Lakes Police Service constables are currently in self-isolation following an incident that occurred on March 28.

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Q & A with health unit: Pinecrest Nursing Home challenged by small size in COVID-19 outbreak

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On March 20, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit announced that three residents of the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon had tested positive for COVID-19.

The tests came after the Health Unit declared a respiratory outbreak at the facility on March 18 and tests were done on three symptomatic residents. As of the information available on March 26, there have been 14 staff members confirmed as COVID-19 positive, and four who have had negative results. Test results are still expected for 16 staff.

While no additional residents were tested, 35 others did develop symptoms and two of those residents have
died – one on Tuesday night and the other on Wednesday.

Q. How many staff have been tested? How many confirmed?

Beginning March 20, the day we were advised that COVID-19 was confirmed in three residents in the Pinecrest Nursing Home, symptomatic staff were already off work and were advised to be tested and to self-isolate. To date, we have received test results for 18 symptomatic staff. All other results are pending.

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Community steps up with emergency supplies; N95 masks still needed

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

Kawartha Lakes Paramedics would like to thank all who have responded to the emergency procurement request on March 23 for personal protective equipment. The overwhelming response has resulted in a wave of supplies that are being used to protect Paramedics and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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TLDSB has ‘no expectation’ that formal learning will happen at home during pause before April 3

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans

In a letter to all parents of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) catchment area, Larry Hope, director of education, says he has “no expectation that students will engage in any formal academic learning” before April 3.

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A View from Parliament Hill: A summary of the COVID-19 emergency response act

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The House of Commons began debate early this morning on the federal government’s response to the economic and social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act was presented to parliament after a marathon of last-minute negotiations among the major political parties and outlines the framework that will be used by government to spend the proposed $107 billion to assist individuals, small businesses, along with the nation’s housing, banking and financial sectors.

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