With the Ontario Conservative government reducing provincial grants by 30 per cent for mandatory provincial programs, the local health unit has requested a 19 per cent increase in funding for the 2021 operational year from the municipality.
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?
The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is primed and ready for a massive COVID-19 vaccination program across their catchment area, but one crucial element is missing: vaccine.
Dr. Ian Gemmill, HKPR’s medical officer of health, briefed the press on the current pandemic situation during a conference call on Jan. 20 and sketched out roughly what the next few months will look like locally.
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.
Are you a senior of modest means living in Kawartha Lakes in need of dental care? The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit may have a program for you.
The recently launched program will give seniors without health insurance access to anything from preventative dental care to full dental services right here in Kawartha Lakes.
Pam Stuckless, director of health promotions for the HKPR Health Unit, shared background on the program with the board during a virtual meeting on Dec. 3.
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.
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?
The local health unit will soon have a new leader at its helm.
The Board of Health has announced the appointment of Dr. Natalie Bocking as the new Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit.
With the second wave of COVID-19 confirmed by Premier Doug Ford and with record numbers of new cases being diagnosed every day, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit has clearly laid out their protocols regarding school closures.
Chandra Tremblay, manager of corporate services, communication and IT for the health unit, was asked via e-mail how many cases of COVID would need to be present to close any of the 68 schools schools that the health unit was responsible for?