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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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An open letter from Pinecrest Nursing Home’s leader

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Pinecrest Nursing Home is deeply saddened by the death of four residents yesterday. The families of the residents have been made aware and the loss leaves a lasting mark on our residents and our care team.

The health and safety of our residents and our front-line staff is our number one priority and we continue to take every step necessary to prevent further spread of the infection.

In the last week, we have implemented the following changes in our home:

  • We have increased our staffing levels to ensure our residents get the high-quality care they need including more personal support workers and more house cleaning staff.
  • We have brought in additional cleaning equipment and have enhanced our cleaning techniques.
  • We have a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our front-line staff to ensure that all staff and residents are safe from further spread of the virus.
  • We have partnered with Compass, a meal service company, who will provide three nutritious meals a day for all our residents. This will help to relieve pressures on our dietary staff to focus solely on our residents’ care.
  • We have moved all residents who are ill to one section of the home to distance them from healthy residents and mitigate any potential spread of the virus.
  • We continue to work closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Health to ensure all correct protocols are being followed and that all necessary steps are being taken to manage the current outbreak.

We are grateful for the immense support from the community as we work to put residents and their families first. We are actively connecting front-line staff and families to mental health supports through Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Lindsay and will continue to prioritize their health and well-being.

I particularly want to thank our front-line staff for working so hard in service of our residents. We could not do any of this without their dedication and diligence to our residents’ care.

For information on the number of cases in our home and in the community please contact Public Health. They are charged with releasing that information daily.

Mary Carr, administrator

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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