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Waiting for first vaccines: Medical officer of health says it’s ‘all hands on deck’

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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.

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Changes to some Ross Memorial guidelines: Community update

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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.

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is one non-profit helped by the new money. Advocate file photo.

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.

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TLDSB caught in middle of school closure rumours

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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.

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Local entrepreneur gets his COVID smell tester product approved by Health Canada

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Local entrepreneur gets his COVID smell tester product approved by Health Canada
“Helping people and business survive – that’s the part that I think is so rewarding.”

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.

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The home stretch; first-time home buyers have few options in Kawartha Lakes

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Kate Dorotheou, prospective fist time home owner
Kate Dorotheou, prospective home owner. Photo: Erin Burrell.

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.

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Toronto breaks down neighbourhoods where COVID is occurring – why not here?

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Toronto breaks down neighbourhoods where COVID is occurring – why not Kawartha Lakes?

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.

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Ontario invests in financial advice and training for small businesses and entreprenuers

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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.  

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Some small businesses are paying a living wage — even during the pandemic

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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. 

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COVID-19 can’t stop service club’s annual tree sale

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The Optimist Club of Lindsay unloads its shipment of Christmas trees.

The masks tell the story – but only part of it.

Members of the Lindsay Optimist Club are committed to working within COVID’s strict rules in order to ensure a Christmas tradition continues: the local service club’s annual tree sale.

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