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Local health unit favours delaying March break, not cancelling it

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Local health unit favours delaying March break, not cancelling it
Ensuring Ontarians avoid hot locales like this or even Canadian travel is on the mind of the education minister.

What began as idle speculation last week has now turned into a full blown discussion about what the 2021 school spring break will look like for almost 17,000 Trillium Lakelands District School Board students — and it could mean a deferral of March break, if the local health unit has its way.

However, the minister of education, Stephen Lecce, has decided to frame the March Break question as a public health question rather than an educational question and it looks like the public health community is rallying behind him.

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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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Health unit talks protocols if school closure needed

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Octoblocks: Trustees hear pros and cons of 22 days of only one class

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?

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Assembling the puzzle of public health to keep community safe

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Assembling the puzzle of public health to keep community safe

Kristina Nairn, public health nurse, HKPR District Health Unit

Phones are an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19. For weeks now, health unit nurses and other staff have worked the phones on days, evenings and weekends. Initially, it was answering hundreds of your questions/concerns. Recently, our focus has shifted to doing follow-ups and regular check-ins with people and places affected by the coronavirus.

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Health promoter works upstream for our community health

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For all of us, health care wears a human face. We think of personal experiences of ill health and of friends or relatives who have chronic conditions, cancers, or have had heart attacks, and can easily picture the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and others who’ve treated them.

Harder to picture are those whose mission is wellness and prevention of illness. They’re working “upstream” and aren’t as visible.

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Health Unit urges Province to reverse basic income cancellation

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A rally Aug. 7 drew several hundred people to Victoria Park. Photo: Pamela Cornell.

The local Health Unit is strongly urging the Ontario government to reverse course and at least see the Basic Income Guarantee through to the end of its original three-year pilot phase.

A letter containing this message has been sent to the provincial government on behalf of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) Board of Health, which in 2016 endorsed a position statement calling for a Basic Income Guarantee pilot program in Ontario. The position statement cited the fact that eliminating poverty is an urgent public health issue, as people on low income are more likely to have health problems and die younger than people with higher income.

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