The Ontario government has extended the temporary remote learning period for elementary schools by an additional two weeks while they monitor the ever increasing second wave of COVID-19.
As Ontario’s COVID-19 infection numbers risk spiralling out of control, the acting medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, says the vaccine rollout can’t happen soon enough.
In a wide-ranging discussion with the Advocate, Gemmill says the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is still waiting for its first doses to get started on phase one of the planned vaccination program.
Ross Memorial Hospital and partners are working together to prepare for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine locally, according to provincial guidelines, as more doses become available.
The province has launched a webpage to share updates and information about the vaccine. Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, it’s important to follow public health guidelines, according to a press release from RMH, and abide by the provincial lockdown measures.
In Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, four non-profit organizations received funding under the Resilient Communities Fund for a total of $309,200.00 for 2020-21.
The recipients included the Community Care Health and Care Network, Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, The Land Between and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes. These grants from the province are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Many Kawartha Lakes parents were greeted today by their children arriving home from school for the Christmas holidays with all the school supplies and technology they will need to transition to distance learning effective Jan. 4.
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce informed directors of education via memo on Tuesday that while a final decision on school closures hasn’t been finalized, the province wants all students to have the tools on hand at home to make the transition to distance learning if necessary.
Michael Bryant’s success has always been about adaptability. It’s seen in his agri-tourism destination known as Dromoland Farms. It’s obvious with his purchase of the town trolley car to meet local tourism needs. Now, Bryant has turned his attention to developing an easy-to-use COVID-19 test — and yesterday he got authorization from Health Canada to sell it. The product is called Anosmic COVID-19 Smell Tester. It’s the first (and only, according to Bryant) authorized product that can screen people in their own homes to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.
As a prospective first-time home buyer, Adam Rafton isn’t exactly asking for a lot. He and his partner would like a one-to-two-bedroom home that “hopefully has a garage,” located somewhere rural, preferably east of Lindsay toward the Omemee area.
As COVID-19 numbers begin to climb again, many Kawartha Lakes residents are asking why the local health unit isn’t breaking down COVID numbers by neighbourhood or community.
Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, says it’s all about balancing the right to privacy with the public’s right to have good information about infection rates.
The Ontario government is investing over $2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As COVID-19 rages across Canada, now in a second wave, most businesses and workers have been affected in some way. Some people have lost their jobs. Countless others have had their hours cut. And while major grocery store chains, for a time, inched closer to a living wage (calling it a “temporary pay premium”) the extra pay was eventually revoked.