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Omicron spreads rapidly across Northumberland as a strategic shift in managing it takes place

PICCINI PREMIER VACCINE CLINIC TOUR

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There was a major shift in how Ontario responded to the pandemic over the past week. The Omicron variant is a game-changer. The speed at which it spreads – technically known as transmissibility, has left the health care system in tatters. In this interview, MPP David Piccini explains the government’s response and why he thinks it is effective. He will discuss significant changes to the way policy-makers, public health officials, and scientists are tracking the virus and its spread. Continue Reading →

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Surviving the stress of Christmas and a pandemic (round four) from two local experts

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Trimming the tree. Finding a turkey. Hunting down those last few things for the stockings. And, the list goes on. The holidays can be a stressful time. Continue Reading →

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Chief medical officer of health explains plans to vaccinate 11,000 children within a month

Child getting a vaccine shot

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Earlier this week, vaccination clinics in Northumberland began for children born in 2016 up to 11. For some parents, the decision is simple: get the vaccine as soon as possible. For others, it is more challenging. Vaccine hesitancy is different than being anti-vaxx. It is about parents making informed choices for their children. Continue Reading →

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Understanding vaccine hesitancy amongst parents is complex, sociologist says

Jennifer Reich

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As long as there have been vaccines, parents have been concerned about getting their kids vaccinated. That is according to Prof. Jennifer Reich, a sociologist at the University of Colorado (Denver). She has studied parental vaccine hesitancy in great depth. Her book, Calling the Shots: Why parents reject vaccines, explores the history of vaccine hesitancy, going back to polio, smallpox, measles, and whooping cough. She has interviewed many parents, caregivers, health officials, scientists, and others. Continue Reading →

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Parade organizers across Northumberland mixed as each decides on safest plans under new guidelines

Cobourg Santa Claus parade

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With the holiday season on the horizon, communities across Northumberland are gearing up. One of the most significant events is the Santa Claus parade. It is a chance for families to see bands play, beautiful floats, and, of course, the kids get to see Santa. Last year, the pandemic changed all that. Many communities cancelled the Santa Claus parade. Continue Reading →

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Farmers cannot ignore mental health as local harvest continues, says Northumberland Federation of Agriculture reps

Farmers harvest

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For those who may not realize, farmers face a great deal of uncertainty every day. The changing weather, commodity prices, pests, and diseases are only a few of the pressures. They also rarely get a day off: livestock must be tended, crops planted or harvested or monitored, equipment to fix. The list is long. It can be a very stressful life. Continue Reading →

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New seniors program aims to help elderly navigate local healthcare system and other supports

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For some seniors, the health care system is a bit overwhelming. Sure, there is your doctor. But, then, there are all the specialists – some are local and others you need to go to Oshawa or Peterborough or even Toronto. Then, there are the others – depending on your illness. The foot doctor. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic fatigue and uncertainty are some of the mental health challenges we face, says expert

Jennifer Cox

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Statistics Canada reported recently that one in five Canadians has screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Visits to the emergency room at Northumberland Hills Hospital due to a mental health crisis have jumped 80 percent in the past four months. Last year, more than 36,000 people received treatment in one form or another from the Community Mental Health Service during the pandemic. The numbers are staggering. Things are expected to get worse as people return to work and children go back to school. Continue Reading →

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Hospital preparing for fourth wave and more, as new president and CEO takes the helm

Susan Walsh, president and CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital

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As we all brace ourselves for the fourth wave of the pandemic, local health care providers are doing the same. This is an interview with Susan Walsh, the new president and CEO at Northumberland Hills Hospital. She has been on the job less than a month, but she is already preparing for the impact of the next wave. She will also tell us about her plans for the hospital going forward. Oh, and BTW, she is so new to the job, we are going to take some time to find out a bit about her. Continue Reading →

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Rotarian on a mission as concerns rise over low vaccination numbers in Northumberland

ROTARIAN SCOTT MACCOUBREY

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Anyone who has tried to organize a large group will tell you how hard it can be, especially getting everyone on the same page and coordinating people’s efforts to ensure things work. Now, imagine taking hundreds of community volunteers, an entire Rotary Club, a group of nurses, and up to nearly 1,000 people per day to be vaccinated. The logistics are mindboggling. My guest is one of many people who contributed to the imitative to create a mass clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre. The list of people deserving credit is too long to rhyme off here. Continue Reading →

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