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All students must re-register for school as TLDSB gauges interest from parents

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Following closely on the heels of the provincial announcement that Trillium Lakelands District School Board buildings will be able to re-open Sept. 8 with few restrictions, the local board is trying to assess how many children will actually be returning to school in the fall.

“Next week all TLDSB families will receive an email with a link to a form asking to re-register each child for in-person and at-home learning,” a press release on the board websites shares.

“Once this information is received a program will be developed with enhanced public health protocols in place.”

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Are we masking up? Lindsay pharmacist says ‘yes’

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Just prior to the local health unit’s mandating of masks in mid-July, the grumbling seemed deafening – from consumers, but also from some business owners tasked with enforcing this new rule.

It’s not uncommon to, a few weeks into the new regulation, observe the unmasked wandering aisles in defiance – serving as fodder for the shaming soldiers of social media. But in most quarters of Kawartha Lakes, the majority of residents of Kawartha Lakes would seem to falling in line.

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Health unit updates mask use instructions as more places open

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With more businesses and services opening July 17 under Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plan, the local health unit is updating its directives on non-medical mask use in indoor public places.

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Wear a mask when you dine at restaurants, says health unit

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Mask-wearing rule and eating in at restaurants will both be possible, says health unit

As Kawartha Lakes gets set to open its restaurants for indoor dining again, many are wondering how that option co-exists with the rule about wearing a mask in public places.

As it turns out, you’ll be expected to do both, according to Bill Eekhoff, communications officer at the local health unit.

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Health unit further clarifies mandatory mask announcement

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The local Health Unit is clarifying its instructions about mandatory mask wearing in commercial premises — a policy that takes effect July 13. Commercial establishments are premises that are openly accessible to members of the public and used for the purposes of offering goods or services for sale.

An establishment would include a mall or other structure containing commercial premises, including: retail stores, convenience stores, restaurants, personal services settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, indoor farmers’ markets, areas of mechanics’ shops/garages/repair shops which are open to the public.

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Local health unit makes masks mandatory in local businesses

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Under instructions issued by the local Medical Officer of Health, area businesses will have to have a policy in place that requires people to wear a non-medical mask or face covering before entering their commercial establishment.

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The reopening mantra: Do the right thing and let the rest go

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This bear was among a minority in Bobcaygeon sporting a mask. Photo: Nancy Payne.

The only behaviour I can control is my own.

Never has that felt more true than right now, as summer lures us out of isolation back into a world where we’re still trying to figure out what’s safe, what’s considerate, and what we can live with. (This article by Advocate writer Kirk Winter is an excellent starting place.)

A Saturday afternoon in Bobcaygeon made me realize just how differently we all see those three things.

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Quilters answer the call to help Ross Memorial Hospital with mask supply

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“Would you be able to make a few cloth masks for hospital visitors and patients leaving the hospital and heading home?”

That question came to Eleanor Plewes in an email from Dr. Rob Drury in late March. A few months and over 3,000 masks later, he’s had his answer.

Plewes reached out to her evening quilting guild and Victoria Quilts, a group that makes quilts for cancer patients. Thirty-five people responded.

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Community steps up with emergency supplies; N95 masks still needed

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

Kawartha Lakes Paramedics would like to thank all who have responded to the emergency procurement request on March 23 for personal protective equipment. The overwhelming response has resulted in a wave of supplies that are being used to protect Paramedics and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Mask quality an issue for local nurses; RMH says public health rules being followed

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Mask quality an issue for local nurses; RMH says public health rules being followed
“Staff who do not follow the directive will receive additional education, and may be subject to discipline."

A simple surgical mask or an N95 mask…does it matter what nurses use in the battle against COVID-19?

For the nurses at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) in Lindsay, the answer is yes — and some are refusing to work with infected patients without the superior shielding qualities of the N95.

“I feel unsupported and scared,” says a nurse who didn’t want to be identified for fear of job reprisal. She has been working on the newly established COVID-19 floor at RMH.

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