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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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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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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.

TLDSB says long-term occasional teachers’ statuses won’t change

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Larry Hope, director of education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), says the board will not be laying off any long-term occasional teachers (LTOs) in the wake of COVID-19.

Hope was addressing a Facebook rumour that suggested the board would be laying off all their long time LTOs on April 3. But the director says “if a person was doing an LTO their status will not change.”

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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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Province announces provincial plan for distance learning

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Few were surprised today when Premier Doug Ford announced that public schools in Ontario will be closed until at least May 4, 2020.

At a press conference featuring the premier and Minister of Education, Steven Lecce, parents were provided with information about what distance learning is going to look like.

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