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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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Health unit continues inspections and tracking as braces for fall season

In the face of the pandemic, the transition to fall represents a pivotal moment on many levels. The most significant is the prediction of a potential second wave of the COVID-19 virus spreading. Students from kindergarten to university and college will be returning to the classroom either face-to-face or online. School boards and educators are working diligently to ensure students and teachers will be safe. For the rest of us, it has been around two months since the provincial government slowly transitioned into Stage 3 of its Economic Recovery plan. Continue Reading →

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Major funding announcement plus sage advice from hospital CEO

There is a different energy when the premier and the minister of health show up to a funding announcement. To have Doug Ford and Christine Elliot, along with local MPP David Piccini, handing out major money for Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital, is exciting. After years of penny-pinching, cutbacks, and efficiencies, everyone from the cleaners to the board of directors takes notice. But as with any funding announcement, there are a lot of numbers to sort through. What sounds like one thing is often not so clear. Continue Reading →

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