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COVID testing demands see RMH line-ups extend to Sussex Street

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COVID testing lines have been extra long of late. Photo: William McGinn.

Lineups to get a COVID test at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) have seen drastic growth, sometimes stretching all the way down Kent Street to Sussex Street.

While the hospital averages about 200 tests a day, just three days ago RMH saw a record 394 people.

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Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team gets closer to fruition

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The Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team (KL-OHT) today announced that it has been invited to complete a full Ontario Health Team (OHT) application by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities, according to the Ontario Health Team website.

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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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