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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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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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Outbreak at Ross declared over

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The COVID-19 outbreak on Ross Memorial Hospital’s Continuing Care Program (CCP1) unit has been declared ‘over’ as of May 7.

The hospital worked with Public Health to complete contact tracing and testing, and the outbreak remains limited to 1 patient and 1 staff member. “Our team quickly identified and contained the spread of COVID-19 on the unit, maintaining the safety of our patients and staff,” says Kelly Isfan, president and CEO.  

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Gifts from the heart: Remembering Marlene James

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Marlene James.

In most respects, the weekend of April 25-26, 1970, hardly differed from other spring weekends in Lindsay.

Shoppers headed downtown to patronize local businesses, children took advantage of the town’s many parks, and families looked forward to watching Tommy Hunter and Ed Sullivan on television come Sunday night.

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Reader not impressed that he can’t bring food to his mother at Ross Memorial Hospital

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During these times of turmoil, most of us are already on edge having little control over the outcome.

More than a week ago, my 76-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital with a broken pelvis. She is now bedridden, lonely and in significant pain.

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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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How to support RMH during the pandemic

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RMH in danger of losing hospital status, says OHC: ‘We have to stop this legislation’

Ross Memorial Hospital continues to receive exceptional support from our community, according to a media release from the hospital.

“The most important thing that everyone can do in the fight against COVID-19 is to follow the advice of our public health officials by staying home,” says Kelly Isfan, President and CEO. “If you must leave your home for essential reasons, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.”

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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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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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