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Strange times: Feeling alone in self-isolation

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How long can the Virus COVID-19 stay active on a surface like metal or wood? How long can a smile last from a passerby on a downtown street in someone’s heart? How many times can I rearrange my sock drawer now that I seem to be quarantined? These are tough questions.

I now find myself with an inordinate amount of time and therefore, a wild and absurd amount of isolation has now become my friend. Everything seems to have ground to a halt.

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Second Positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Kawartha Lakes

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Ross Memorial Hospital received confirmation of a second positive case of COVID-19 in the City of Kawartha Lakes following testing at the Hospital’s assessment centre. It is a female in her 70s, due to travel.

All established precautions were followed during assessment and testing, ensuring the continued safety of patients and the team.

Following testing, the individual was advised to self-isolate while awaiting test results.

This is on the heels of the first case from March 12 after a woman had symptoms after travelling to Germany. The woman had travelled on Air Canada flight 877 from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto on March 10, 2020.

The patient was discharged home and remains in self-isolation with follow up from the HKPR District Health Unit. Health Unit nurses have been in contact with the woman and are working with her to identify anyone she may have been in contact with while ill.

If anyone who travelled on Air Canada flight 877 on that date develops flu-like symptoms, they are asked to call their local public health unit.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit (HKPR) is monitoring the case and conducting follow-up with regard to contact management.

For more information, visit HKPR’s website:

Ross Memorial Hospital continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health, our regional and local health care partners including HKPR and local hospitals on a coordinated response.

The hospital has put in place several enhanced measures to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community.

For more information about patient and visitor restrictions, and the RMH COVID-19 Assessment Centre, please visit

RMH makes changes to COVID-19 assessment centre

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Following the announcement of the first positive case of COVID-19 in the City of Kawartha Lakes on March 14, Ross Memorial Hospital introduced a temporary ‘drive-thru’ assessment centre in their ambulance bay. In response to the community’s feedback and guidelines from the Ministry of Health, the hospital is introducing a new model for
assessment as of March 18.

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Letter from Ireland: Advocate’s Jamie Morris on being overseas in shadow of pandemic

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Irish literary giant, James Joyce. Photo: Jamie Morris.

You know the situation is dire when the Irish government shuts down the country’s 7,000 pubs just days before St. Patrick’s Day.

When my wife, Glenda, and I arrived in Dublin on March 3 there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19, both of them Irish citizens returned from Italy. As of today (March 17) the number stands at 223 confirmed and two deaths.

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COVID-19 assessment centre opens at Ross Memorial Hospital

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To respond to the increasing need for COVID-19 assessment in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ross Memorial Hospital opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre on the morning of March 15.

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First COVID-19 case in Kawartha Lakes: Woman now in self-isolation

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Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

The local Medical Officer of Health today announced a positive case of COVID-19 in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The affected person is a woman in her 60s who lives in Kawartha Lakes.

The individual was seen at the Ross Memorial Hospital on Thursday, March 12 after presenting with symptoms and travel to Germany. The woman had travelled on Air Canada flight 877 from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto on March 10, 2020.

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A view from Parliament Hill: COVID-19 shuts down House, Senate

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Local federal candidates square off with different visions for riding, country

The House of Commons and the Senate have shut down in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Parliamentarians face an increased risk of contracting and spreading the virus as they meet with constituents, community groups, organizations, stakeholders and a wide variety of the public.

In response many Members of Parliament, ministers, the Prime Minister and his family had taken precautions by voluntarily self-isolating.

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Pandemic declaration does not change local COVID-19 response: Health unit

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Although the World Health Organization today declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the area’s Medical Officer of Health says there is no need to panic.

“At this time, we still do not have any local cases,” says Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

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Letham assures residents about local COVID-19 preparedness

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In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, to date which has seen 34 confirmed cases in Ontario, Mayor Andy Letham shares the following message:

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