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Eleven unresolved community cases of COVID-19 in city

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There are 11 unresolved COVID-19 cases in Kawartha Lakes, according to the local health unit, all of whom are self-isolating in their homes.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit data shows 171 confirmed cases total for Kawartha Lakes, minus the 141 cases considered ‘resolved.’ There are also 19 COVID-19-related deaths tied to confirmed cases in the community.

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Fenelon Court involved in outbreak; Pinecrest has ‘suspect outbreak’

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The local public health unit says that an outbreak has been declared at the Fenelon Court Long Term Care Home in Fenelon Falls — and there’s a “suspect outbreak” at Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest Nursing Home.

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Kawartha Lakes gets ready for Friday reopening of more services

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Today, the Ontario government announced a long list of health units — including the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit — that will be allowing for a stage two reopening.

The regional approach means they will be easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

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Yard sales strongly discouraged by health unit

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If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning, avoid organizing a garage sale or yard sale until further notice. 

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit strongly discourages local residents from organizing or holding garage and yard sales during COVID-19. Having these types of sales can increase people’s exposure to COVID-19 and lead to the spread of the virus in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Keep Reading

Health unit offers guidance for community gardens to open

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Community gardens in Kawartha Lakes are being allowed to put down roots this growing season, so long as they take proper precautions against COVID-19.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has released guidelines for how community gardens can safely open and operate in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and Kawartha Lakes this coming year. This follows the Ontario government’s recent decision to declare community gardens as an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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10,000 of our neighbours in Kawartha Lakes don’t have enough to eat

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10,000 of our neighbours don’t have enough to eat
Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure.

Some of our neighbours are hungry. Others are constantly deciding between utilities or food. That this should happen in Canada — a major food producer for the world — should be reprehensible to us.

Food insecurity is usually defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” And we are – officially, at least – collectively against it. We have agreed at the United Nations that food is a basic human right and that right protects every human from hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Dental patients may have been exposed to Hep B, C, or HIV

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Patients of Lakeland Clinic in Lindsay who received a dental treatment between November 10, 2017 and February 21, 2018 are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has notified patients of Lakeland Clinic, located at 2 Albert Street North in Lindsay, who received treatment during that time that they may be at risk for a blood-borne virus.

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Health unit says people should lobby for free dental care

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is calling for an expansion of  publicly-funded dental programs for low-income adults and seniors – and they say the Province could deliver on this if enough people lobby for the change.

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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Health unit urges citizens to press their MP, MPP to support basic income

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Money talks when it comes to food security.

In the fight against food insecurity the local health unit says boosting income is the only real solution to helping people gain access to healthy food.

To raise awareness of food insecurity, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is launching a new campaign called Rethink Poverty: Change Minds, Change Lives – and they’re urging citizens to press their MP and MPP for a basic income policy.

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