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Tipping point and case surge on horizon for Northumberland if stay-at-home orders not followed

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Northumberland County is quickly reaching a tipping point when it comes to the pandemic. The new Medical Officer of Health for the region, Dr. Natalie Bocking, predicts a surge in the next few weeks. Hospitals in the county are preparing to deal with a spike in cases. Emergency plans are well underway, she said. Intensive care units across the province are filling up quickly as the third wave takes its toll. Continue Reading →

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New rural outreach clinic marks collaborative efforts by municipality and health team to increase access

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On April 5, 2021, the new rural outreach clinic in Colborne was open for business. A month before, officials gathered to mark the completion of the new facility. Through a collaboration between the municipality and the Ontario Health Team, the clinic will be offering mental health services, foot care, diabetes education, and a host of other programs aimed at improving access to health care. In this interview with Consider This Northumberland, Cramahe Township Mayor Mandy Martin talks about the unique opportunity and the efforts by all parties to make this clinic a reality. It is the county’s first rural outreach clinic and was a major promise of the Northumberland Ontario Health Team when it was created. Continue Reading →

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The lasting effects of COVID-19 in Northumberland County – a Longhauler’s Tale

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Imagine being sick for a year. Think about it. Most of us recover from the flu in a few days or weeks. For some recovering from COVID-19, they are marking a milestone more than 12 months after getting sick. They are known as long-haulers – people taking more time to get better after suffering from the virus. Continue Reading →

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Sharing experiences from the frontlines of treating COVID-19 in Northumberland

Dr. Mukesh Bhargava

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Most of us are working hard to avoid the COVID-19 virus. We wear masks, wash our hands multiple times a day. We social distance. We stay home, following the guidelines and recommendations of health officials. But what is it like for those who treat the sick? Continue Reading →

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COVID-19 patient shares story of fighting the debilitating illness that has transformed their life

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Last week marked the first anniversary of the pandemic. It is only one week later, and the province is bracing for its third wave. The cases involving variants of the original virus are quickly spreading across Northumberland and around the province. Mass vaccinations began earlier this week in Cobourg for those over 80-years old. We are in the yellow category as more businesses are open. Continue Reading →

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Staff and residents at Northumberland group homes resilient one year after pandemic begins

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It was one year ago this week when the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Our lives were dramatically changed. Since then, 118 million people have contracted COVID-19. In Canada, close to 900,000 cases have been reported to date, with 22,000 related deaths. In an interview with Consider This, you will hear voices rarely heard or almost forgotten during the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Vaccine roll out, reporting cases and what’s next – an in-depth interview with acting Chief Medical Officer for Northumberland

 

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Earlier this week, the staff and residents of Hope Street Terrace in Port Hope were vaccinated. These are among the first vaccines to be administered in Northumberland County. On January 25, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit received 700 doses of the Moderna vaccine. If you listened carefully, There was an almost audible sigh of relief from health officials and others. It represents a tipping point in the battle to control pandemic since it began a year ago. Continue Reading →

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Hospital CEO reflects on nearly eights years of service at the hospital after announcing retirement

Linda Davi

 

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Cobourg is a long way from a farm in Alberta where Linda Davis, the CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital, grew up. Yet, you will hear her mention several times in this interview about her love of being in the barn. Her daughter is an equestrian. And she loves spending time with her daughter. Last week, Davis announced her retirement. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Hills Hospital prepares as second wave of pandemic getting underway

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If you know anything about Boy Scouts, you would likely recognize its motto: Be Prepared. Our stories this week are about being prepared. This story is about Northumberland Hills Hospital’s preparation for the second wave of the pandemic. The provincial government, health officials, and others acknowledged the beginning of the second wave earlier this week. Forecasting models are showing a doubling of new cases every 10 to 12 days. Continue Reading →

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Eight new nurses hired as health unit collaborates with school boards as classrooms reopen

As the clock ticks down to the reopening of local schools, the debate over safety and the concerns of parents, teachers, and others continue to be hashed over in meetings and in public. School boards are finalizing plans while reaching out to parents to keep them informed. Yet, in some aspects,  it is a very fluid situation. Teachers unions are seeking the intervention of the Ministry of Labour, adding uncertainty. The province is making last-minute decisions to provide school boards with flexibility around opening dates. Continue Reading →

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