COVID19 transmissions rising in HKPR region

By Sue Tiffin The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District health unit board of health meeting held virtually on April 21. Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of…

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Community Living home

Three people supported at Haliburton’s Community Living home and three staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge district health unit declared an outbreak at the facility on April 14.“I am pleased…

COVID-19 is a lesson

By Darren Lum Loss. The word itself is filled with sorrow.The pandemic has had a pronounced affect on our lives. Loss has and continues to be felt by everyone, whether it is visible or notWhat…

Mask mandates lifting later this month

Ontario is lifting mask mandates for most indoor public settings as of March 21, with the remaining COVID-19 regulations to be lifted at the end of April. This news was part of an announcement made…

Health unit nearly balances budget prior to new…

By Stephen PetrickThe Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District health unit will have an almost balanced budget as it moves into a new fiscal year.It’s a positive sign for an institution which bore a heavy responsibility…

Vulnerable have faced greater hardships during pandemic

By Stephen PetrickThe COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a lesson on how vulnerable populations are put at more risk than other groups when health emergencies occur.That’s the message delivered by members of the Vulnerable Sector…

Multiple indicators showing Omicron wave plateau

The following are brief reports from a Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District health unit press conference with medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking, held virtually on Feb. 9. By Sue Tiffin “We are seeing…

Haliburton County rejects idea of vaccine policy

By Stephen PetrickHaliburton County won’t have a firm vaccine policy for its staff, but councillors say the county will continue to advocate for most public health guidelines, such as masking and distancing.The thorough policy prepared…

MOH acknowledges frustration during pandemic

By Sue TiffinThe following are brief reports from a Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge district health unit press conference with medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking, held virtually on Feb. 2. When asked for her…

Arts Council not backing down to COVID-19

By Chris Drost The Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands is looking forward to the future after facing two very difficult years with the pandemic, which has changed everything.“In 2020 we questioned, what do we do…

Incidence rate has begun to plateau: MOH

By Sue Tiffin The following are brief reports from a Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge district health unit press conference held virtually Jan. 26 with medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking. While Bocking usually starts…

Maintain perspective

By Darren Lum Seeing the snow-covered driveway reduced in size from its uncovered state seen the rest of the year after the past few snowfalls made me think of how much our worlds have diminished.This…

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Community Living home

By Sue TiffinAn outbreak has been declared at a community home in Haliburton.The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District health unit reported the outbreak at the Community Living facility on Mountain Street on Jan. 18.“One person…

Health unit shifting the strategy for handling COVID-19

Dashboard case counts to give way to wastewater, hospital admission data By Stephen Petrick Health officials are ushering in a “paradigm shift” in how COVID-19 is managed and the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit…

Efforts focused on decreasing the impact

By Sue Tiffin The following are brief reports from a Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) district health unit press conference with medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking, held virtually on Jan. 5. Dr. Natalie…