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Eleven unresolved community cases of COVID-19 in city

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There are 11 unresolved COVID-19 cases in Kawartha Lakes, according to the local health unit, all of whom are self-isolating in their homes.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit data shows 171 confirmed cases total for Kawartha Lakes, minus the 141 cases considered ‘resolved.’ There are also 19 COVID-19-related deaths tied to confirmed cases in the community.

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New home for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Book your tour of Food Source's brand new building with KLFS' Jess Topfer.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will soon have a new home at 164 Needham Street in Lindsay as of July 10.

The new place is accessible for its member agencies, volunteers, and donors. More importantly, according to a press release, “it is dry, clean, bright, maintained, and has more space for our current operations.”

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp
Unlike in this file photo, children will be encouraged to maintain social distance as club re-opens. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) is developing plans to offer licensed childcare and in-person summer camp programs in accordance with the government guidelines.

The club has not confirmed the starting dates for licensed childcare at the Lindsay site (Kids in Motion) or the Little Britain site (Dr. George Hall Child Care). Summer Camps are scheduled to begin on June 29. Both licensed child care and camp programs require public health approvals.

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Mayor encouraged by stage two reopening so far

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Today Mayor Andy Letham commented favourably on the public’s cooperation in following health and business protocols for the stage two reopening as set by the province.

“Over the weekend, our police and municipal law enforcement services reported no major issues related to COVID-19,” says the mayor.

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Five decisions you can make in the age of COVID-19

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Wearing masks in public could mean cutting transmission rates by up to 95 per cent.

Many Kawartha Lakes residents are struggling with what to do and how to behave regarding the COVID-19 pandemic now that the curve appears to be flattening.

Everywhere people turn they seem to be getting mixed messages from government and the media regarding behaviour that will keep people safe but also help their neighbour’s businesses survive to open another day.

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Fenelon Court involved in outbreak; Pinecrest has ‘suspect outbreak’

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The local public health unit says that an outbreak has been declared at the Fenelon Court Long Term Care Home in Fenelon Falls — and there’s a “suspect outbreak” at Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest Nursing Home.

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RMH to receive 5 per cent increase in funding from province

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Ross Memorial gets new CFO

Ross Memorial Hospital will higher annualized funding, according to a press release from the province.

“This investment provides a five per cent increase of over $3.7 million in funding for Ross Memorial Hospital and a two per cent increase of more than $199,000 for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation,” says MPP Laurie Scott in the release.

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Local state of emergency to continue; CAO in charge until end of summer

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Council has voted to keep the local state of emergency going, given the province has extended their own to July 1. They have also voted 8-1 to keep CAO Ron Taylor in charge of the city until the end of summer.

Mayor Andy Letham told council that the local Emergency Operations Centre group made up of the hospital, paramedic service, fire department and police and public health unit all recommended that the local state of emergency be consistent with the province’s to avoid confusion.

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Kawartha Lakes gets ready for Friday reopening of more services

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Today, the Ontario government announced a long list of health units — including the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit — that will be allowing for a stage two reopening.

The regional approach means they will be easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

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Yukon’s Gurdeep Pandher tries to spread some joy on social media

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Like many Canadians, I have been spending a little more time online while we #stayathome during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Last month Canada’s large internet companies reported internet usage increases of over 50 per cent nationally. A report from April reports that Canadian usage of social media (in time spent) at the start of the pandemic had increased by a whopping 70 per cent.

So it turns out that I am not alone in my increased usage of Twitter and Facebook: a lot of us are turning to social media a lot more during these troubling times.

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