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Province to move local health unit to ‘yellow’ as local cases decline

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Province to move local health unit to 'yellow' as local cases decline

Declining new coronavirus cases in recent weeks means COVID-19 restrictions will be eased somewhat starting Monday in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and Kawartha Lakes.

As of 12:01 am on Monday (March 8), the Ontario government will move the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) region to its Yellow COVID-19 colour category. This is the second lowest level in Ontario’s five-colour COVID-19 Response Framework, and one step below the current Orange category that the area has been in for the past three weeks since the provincial Stay-at-Home order was lifted in mid-February.

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March break now April break; Octoblocks not certain for the fall, says board

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Education Minister Stephen Lecce has postponed March Break, so that schools can help to limit community transmission, according to the education minister. The break will happen the week of April 12-16 instead.

“I recognize that this is one more change in a year that has been challenging for so many students and our education staff who continue to work so hard,” he said, but added he acted on the “best advice of public health officials.”

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PSWs don’t need COVID test for home-based care, unlike long-term care counterparts

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PSWs don’t need COVID test for home-based care, unlike long-term care counterparts

A Little Britain woman is concerned there are different rules for personal support workers (PSWs) who see people in their own homes versus the PSWs who work in retirement and long-term care.

Namely, says Renee Aucoin, PSWs who provide homecare do not have to have to take a COVID test. Instead, they rely on self-evaluation – something that doesn’t sit well with her, considering her grandmother relies on home care.

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Catching a cold still possible, even with exceptional hygiene: Health unit

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While most of us are being extra cautious these days when it comes to personal hygiene, some readers have been asking how they’re getting sick at all if they’re barely leaving the house.

As many people observe strict COVID protocols of only leaving home for essential reasons, coupled with strict handwashing regiments, how is the common cold or other ailments even possible?

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COVID-19 making the gruelling experience of dying or grieving even more painful

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Michelle Griepsma, left, and Janice Craig, right, of Hospice Services. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Of all the cruelties inflicted by the pandemic, separating people from someone they love who is about to die has to have been among the most vicious. And what of people who received a life-altering diagnosis this year, or who are trying to adjust to life after the death of a parent or spouse?

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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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We need to know where and how COVID-19 is spreading

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

An open letter to Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, medical officer of health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Dear Dr. Noseworthy:

Now that the cases in HKPR regions are starting to climb, it would be helpful if you would have a stronger presence locally, so that we will not lose our flat COVID curve.

We, the public, need more information. For example, we need to know where in this huge geographic region the new cases are happening. We need to know the context: PSWs on the front line of care? Grocery stores? Workplace? Home gatherings?

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Ontario adding new hospital beds in Kawartha Lakes

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Laurie Scott stands with staff of the Ross Memorial Hospital near a podium

The Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay will be receiving more than $1.1 million in funding to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times.

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What to do with $3 million? Letham says give it to taxpayers

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One of the most difficult things for even the most informed citizen to do is to keep track of municipal budgets that seem to blend together from one year to the next.

Advocate readers have been asking what the city plans to do with a $3 million dollar surplus created by the 2019 budget. Lower than expected spending, particularly on winter maintenance, created this windfall and since the announcement of this surplus there has been a lot of talk about how it should be allocated.

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City expects to hear about Letham’s COVID results by early next week

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The City of Kawartha Lakes is keeping their fingers crossed that their top official, Mayor Andy Letham, tests negative for COVID-19.

The mayor felt unwell on Tuesday, and in compliance with the city’s COVID protocol informed the Assessment Centre for further direction and then self- isolated awaiting a formal test.

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