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Remembering the polio epidemic of 1951

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Medical equipment for polio patients included the famous “iron lung.”

In the late summer of 1951, a young man named Harold Mitchell journeyed to the Canadian National Exhibition with some friends.

To a lad from Wilberforce, a trip to Toronto’s annual extravaganza would have been quite an outing – what with all of its colourful midway rides, mouth-watering aromas wafting from hamburger stands, and awe-inspiring entertainers offering quite the contrast to the quieter environs of rural Haliburton County.

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RMH to receive 5 per cent increase in funding from province

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Ross Memorial gets new CFO

Ross Memorial Hospital will higher annualized funding, according to a press release from the province.

“This investment provides a five per cent increase of over $3.7 million in funding for Ross Memorial Hospital and a two per cent increase of more than $199,000 for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation,” says MPP Laurie Scott in the release.

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Five area hospitals partner to ramp up non-urgent care

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Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH), Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS), Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) have now received formal approval from Ontario Health (OH) to move forward with a regional plan to begin resuming non-urgent surgeries, procedures and tests.

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Get tested for virus, says RMH, with just one symptom or if you’re at risk

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The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued expanded guidance on Ontario’s testing strategy to provide COVID-19 testing for:

  • All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even if mild symptoms
  • Asymptomatic people have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
  • Asymptomatic people who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre phone lines are open from 8a.m.-4p.m. daily.

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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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Medical help is available during the pandemic

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Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), along with local primary health care providers, is reminding Kawartha Lakes citizens that support is available for their general and emergency health concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Two staff members at RMH test positve for COVID-19

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Two Ross Memorial Hospital staff members who were in close contact with a patient who recently tested positive for COVID-19 have now also tested positive for the virus.

Tests are being completed for all staff and physicians who work on the unit, and any other staff member who was in close contact with the patient.

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Patient at RMH tests positive for COVID-19

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One patient has tested positive for COVID-19 on the CCP1 (Continuing Care Program) inpatient unit at Ross Memorial Hospital, after experiencing sudden onset of symptoms of respiratory illness.

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One dead overnight at Pinecrest: Total now stands at 27

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One resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon died over night. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the home now stands at 27.

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RMH attempting to move more patients out of hospital to manage expected surge

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As COVID-19 numbers are expected to worsen in the coming weeks, Ross Memorial Hospital is moving as many non-acute patients out of the hospital as possible – a situation that is putting pressure on family members.

Veronica Nelson, interim president and CEO of RMH, says given the predicted models of COVID-19 in Ontario, “all hospitals have been asked to create capacity to manage a potential surge in inpatient cases.”

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