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Kawartha Lakes declares state of emergency

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Mayor Andy Letham has enacted a declaration of a state of emergency. This decision is in line with the previous Provincial declaration. It will allow the municipality to mobilize local resources where needed to support front line health care partners and emergency services to support the COVID-19 pandemic efforts.

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Province orders all non-essential services to shut down

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Province orders all non-essential services to shut down
This closure will be in effect for 14 days. Photo: Erin Smith.

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government is ordering the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective end of day Tuesday March 24.

This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.

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Mask quality an issue for local nurses; RMH says public health rules being followed

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Mask quality an issue for local nurses; RMH says public health rules being followed
“Staff who do not follow the directive will receive additional education, and may be subject to discipline."

A simple surgical mask or an N95 mask…does it matter what nurses use in the battle against COVID-19?

For the nurses at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) in Lindsay, the answer is yes — and some are refusing to work with infected patients without the superior shielding qualities of the N95.

“I feel unsupported and scared,” says a nurse who didn’t want to be identified for fear of job reprisal. She has been working on the newly established COVID-19 floor at RMH.

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First death related to COVID-19 at Ross Memorial Hospital

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RMH in danger of losing hospital status, says OHC: ‘We have to stop this legislation’

The local health unit is reporting the first death in Kawartha Lakes related to COVID-19.

The individual, a man in his 80s, was admitted to Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) on March 19 after presenting with a high fever and influenza-like illness. Tests were conducted and late on March 21 it was confirmed the man tested positive for COVID-19.

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Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bobcaygeon nursing home

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The local Medical Officer of Health today announced three residents of a long-term care home in the City of Kawartha Lakes have been confirmed as having COVID-19.

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Mayor apologizes for bill-paying faux pas; implores travellers to stay home

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Earlier this morning I wrote a piece that criticized the City of Kawartha Lakes for their tone deaf messaging yesterday regarding the payment of municipal taxes and utilities.

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City’s announcement on bill paying was ‘clear and cold’

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Tax payments and utilities payments “must be received in our office on or before the due date.

On a day like yesterday (Thursday, March 19), when so many Kawartha Lakes residents were dealing with being laid off or having reduced work hours; when business owners were frantically trying to figure out next steps as many of them were closing; when families were huddled together just trying to deal with the new emotional and financial reality of social distancing and all the worries that come with it, the City of Kawartha Lakes took time to make an important announcement about COVID-19.

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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: https://www.hkpr.on.ca/featured_posts/novel-coronavirus/

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 www.rmh.org/covid-19.

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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