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Covid Update: Durham Health posts one case in hospital

Durham Health yesterday posted 5 new Covid-19 cases for October 18, taking the region’s tally to 27,332 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 388, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand …

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Covid Update: Durham Health posts 83 active cases

Durham Health yesterday posted 16 new Covid-19 cases for October 20, taking the region’s tally to 27,366 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Vaccination doses increased by 1,225 from 1,013,365 doses on October 19. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 388, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand at 26,895.

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Lakeridge asks for proposals for new Durham hospital site

Expert panel of Lakeridge Health has finalized the site selection criteria that will be used to score all land proposals and has now issued the Call for Proposals for the identification of the site for the proposed future hospital. Interested respondents have until October 8, 2021 to complete the Mandatory Stage 1 Proposal Submission Requirements.

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Durham monitoring wastewater for coronavirus

Durham Health is monitoring region’s wastewater for signs of Covid-19 virus, according to Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle. “The newest weekly update is on wastewater surveillance. The Health Department has partnered with the Works Department and Ontario Tech University to analyze wastewater samples from seven sites in southern

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Durham health starts to offer third vaccine dose

The Health Department is working with these facilities to coordinate vaccination of residents. In addition, the Health Department will extend eligibility to youth born in 2009 and turning 12 years old in 2021. These individuals can receive Pfizer vaccine beginning Aug. 18 at Durham Region mass immunization, mobile and pop-up clinics.

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Clarington announces vaccine QR code implementation

Ontario has updated regulations and guidance, and Questions and Answers for businesses to support the implementation of the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code and the Verify Ontario app. The updated regulations exempt people who are currently participating in a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial that is authorized by Health Canada and specified in Ministry of Health guidance.

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Can a resident with BC health card get vaccine here

The opening day was not without its issues with Durham Health having to field at least one testing inquiry. It could not commit whether an 86+ dad residing in Durham (but with a BC Health Card) could receive the vaccine or not. “Only Durham Region residents who are 80+ or who will be turning 80 in 2021 are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine at

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Covid Update: Durham Health posts 25 new cases

Durham Health yesterday posted 25 new Covid-19 cases for September 28, taking the region’s tally to 26,989 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 386, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. A new death occurred in Whitby. Recoveries stand at 26,438. However, there are 165 active covid cases.

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Mom, daughter latest Durham Covid-19 cases

The Health Department, said in a statement, that it is actively following up with all close contacts of these positive cases. Individuals who were not in direct or close contact with the cases are not considered at risk of being infected. Following are the details of the seven cases:

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Durham is not invited to Stage 3 reopening

The Stage 3 reopening on Friday, July 17, 2020, bypasses Durham Health Region. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.

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Oshawa Clinic breaks ground for new Whitby facility

Oshawa Clinic breaks ground for new Whitby facility. July 12, 2021. DP Staff. Residents across Durham Region, including in Whitby, will have better access to health care closer to home with the expansion of the Oshawa Clinic Group to Whitby in 2024. On Friday, Associate Minister of Transportation Stan Cho, MPP Lorne Coe and Whitby Mayor Don

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Durham Health working to open bookings for 12+

Durham Health working to open bookings for 12+. May 22, 2021. DP Staff. Durham Region Health Department yesterday said it is aware that the Ontario government has opened eligibility for individuals 12 years+ effective Sunday, May 23 at 8am. “We are currently reviewing vaccine and booking availability to accommodate this change.

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Health Canada assures over covid vaccine

Health Canada received Pfizer’s submission on October 9, 2020 and after a “thorough, independent review of the evidence”, Health Canada determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for use in …

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Covid Update: Active cases drop below 100

Covid Update: Active cases drop below 100. Durham Health yesterday posted 9 new Covid-19 cases for October 12, taking the region’s tally to 27,261 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 388, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand at 26,778. However, there are 95 active covid cases.

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Health inspectors to enforce Red-Control laws

It is the role of our public health inspectors to review Covid-19 public health measures with operators including physical distancing plans, cleaning and disinfecting practices and safety plans. We are depending on the cooperation of both local businesses and the public to help change the direction of the rising trend of Covid-19 cases across

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Durham Health offers workplace vaccination policy

The Health Department has developed Recommendations for Establishing a Vaccination Policy for your Workplace to assist employers to develop policies appropriate for their workers and those who come in contact with them. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect your workplace from the risks of COVID-19; it is safe and highly effective at

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Keep contact info of your guests for one month: Kyle

September 17, 2021. DP Staff. Durham Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, has advised that residents should keep the contact information of guests for at least one month. “I have received several questions about the Section 22 Class Order that was issued on September 10, 2021 and came into effect on September 11, 2021 at 12:01 am to

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Mandatory wearing of masks expanded

The Health Department will focus enforcement activities on educating community members about the mandatory requirements for non-medical masks or face coverings. Business operators should make every effort to remind customers to wear a face covering, but also be mindful that some in our community may be unable to wear a face covering for very

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Pickering joins bid to host new Lakeridge hospital

Lakeridge Health is working to become a fully-integrated system, delivering high quality, patient- and family-centred care wherever patients need to access programs and services. As Durham Region continues to grow and demand for health care increases, Lakeridge Health is planning for an additional 1,000 hospital beds over the next 25 years.

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Celebrate Halloween at home, says Durham Health

Durham Health is encouraging residents to celebrate Halloween by keeping everyone safe and limiting the spread of Covid-19. “We recognize how difficult the Covid-19 pandemic has been on daily life, especially on the regular activities of children. Unfortunately, Halloween will also feel the impact.

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Covid Update: Two new deaths in long term care homes

Covid Update: Two new deaths in long term care homes. September 22, 2021. DP Staff. Durham Health yesterday posted 26 new Covid-19 cases for September 20, taking the region’s tally to 26,771 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 384, with 226 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand at 26,211.

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Will Durham stop in-restaurant dining, close gyms

Toronto: Effective last midnight, Ontario has introduced additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions.. These modified Stage 2 restrictions are a result of their higher than average rates of transmission, and will be for a minimum of 28 days and reviewed on an ongoing basis, said a media statement.

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Covid Update: 39 new cases posted by Durham Health

DP Staff. Durham Health yesterday posted 39 new Covid-19 cases for September 23, taking the region’s tally to 26,869 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 385, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand at 26,296. However, there are 188 active covid cases.

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Harassment of health staff will not be tolerated: CAO

Harassment of health staff will not be tolerated: CAO. Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional Municipality of Durham, yesterday warned those harassing Durham health staff, that they may be reported. This follows a statement by Durham Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, of escalating abusive and threatening

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Whitby drive-through test centre last open day

Whitby drive-through test centre last open day. September 25, 2020. DP Staff. The Lakeridge Health assessment centre located at Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby will open again today (September 26). Lines and wait times were long yesterday, so the earlier residents get there, the better.

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Early II dose: No need to rebook here, no

Lakeridge Health yesterday said those who have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose at Oshawa clinic do not need to book an earlier appointment for the second dose. “The Oshawa Vaccine clinic will start rescheduling 2nd Dose appts for people aged 80 years+. Pls check your email. NO NEED TO REBOOK.

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Ontario issues public health advice for Halloween

Given the high transmission of Covid-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York regions, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate, he said. This can include, but is not limited to:

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Malicious cyber attacks on Canadian health sector

Malicious cyber attacks on Canadian health sector. May 1, 2020. DP Staff. Ottawa: At a time when the world is focused on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada has reported an increase in malicious cyber threats targeting vulnerable institutions in the health sector. On March 20, 2020, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre

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Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan takes time off

March 17, 2020. DP Staff. Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan is taking time off for health reasons after being diagnosed with scarring of the lungs. “I am tremendously disappointed to inform you that I must take some time to step back and take care of some personal health issues. Namely, I have been diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease – or

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Exceptions to mandatory wearing of mask in public

There is growing public health evidence that widespread use of non-medical masks or face coverings—when used with other public health recommendations—is effective in the fight against Covid-19. This includes physical distancing in public spaces, frequently washing your hands, and staying home when you are sick, he said.

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Durham's total covid case numbers cross 27,000

Durham Health yesterday posted 31 new Covid-19 cases for September 30, taking the region’s tally to 27,055 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 386, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. A new death occurred in Whitby. Recoveries stand at 26,496. However, there are 173 active covid cases.

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Kyle criticizes 'harassment and bullying' of health staff

Our Health Protection division is staffed by a diverse group of public health experts who inspect local businesses, food premises, recreational water facilities, child care settings, personal services settings, sewage systems and drinking water systems, and investigate health hazards and infectious diseases.”

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Focus shifts to interior of new Ajax Pickering Hospital

On August 27, Lakeridge Health held a ‘topping off’ ceremony to celebrate the completion of the sixth and final floor of the long-term care home. A ‘topping off’ is a tradition on building sites signifying that the highest point of a building has been reached.

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Covid Update: Active cases slowly increasing

Covid Update: Active cases slowly increasing. Durham Health yesterday posted eight new Covid-19 cases for July 21, taking the region’s tally to 25,342 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 374, with 218 of them occurring in …

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Covid Update: New cases back in double digits

Durham Health yesterday posted 14 new Covid-19 cases for October 13, taking the region’s tally to 27,276 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 388, with 227 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand …

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Durham Health confirms first Covid-19 death

Whitby: Durham Region Health Department said it has received confirmation of the region’s first Covid-19-related death.. The individual, a female in her 90s, was a resident at Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa, and was recently confirmed positive for Covid-19. She passed away on March 23 after being transferred from Hillsdale Terraces to Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

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Durham Health staff report abusive behaviour

Durham Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, yesterday said staff have encountered abusive language and behaviour while on duty. “Unfortunately, some Health Department staff have encountered negative comments, non-compliance and, in some cases, abusive language and behaviour, as they are doing their job working to keep everyone safe,” said Dr. Kyle.

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Lakeridge Health to help covid-hit Sunnycrest

Lakeridge Health to help covid-hit Sunnycrest. December 4, 2020. DP Staff. Toronto: The Ministry of Long-Term Care has approved a new voluntary management agreement which allows Lakeridge Health to provide enhanced support to Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby. This arrangement will help to address the current spread of Covid-19 in the long-term

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Oshawa says 'Thank You' to Lakeridge Health

Oshawa yesterday showed admiration and appreciation for Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s front line hospital workers, healthcare professionals and staff with a vehicle parade. It was to honour their dedication to the health of the community members and their efforts to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic, said a city statement.

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New patient ombudsman to look into Ontario LTCHs

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings beginning June 18.

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Durham Lyme Alert: Ticks active at this time of year

September 28, 2020. DP Staff. Durham Region Health Department has advised residents to take precautions to protect themselves from Lyme disease as ticks are active this time of year. It said it is currently not able to accept tick submissions for identification and potential testing. “If you find a tick crawling or feeding on you or a family

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Two Ajax residents confirmed with Covid-19

Lakeridge Health yesterday said it received confirmation that two individuals who presented at Ajax Pickering Hospital’s emergency department (ED) on Friday, February 28, have tested positive for Covid-19. They are both residents of Ajax, according to Mayor Shaun Collier.

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Abuse, threats against Durham Health staff escalating

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, it is the Health Department’s duty to protect the public from health hazards in the community and risks of communicable diseases. “My staff has the authority to enforce provincial laws, Medical Officer of Health orders and public health direction to keep people safe.

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One new case each in Pickering, Ajax and

Durham Region Health Department yesterday said 1,703 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the region since February 29. No new covid-related death was announced for the 15th day in a row. One new case each was reported in Pickering, Ajax and Uxbridge. Of the total cases, 3 are hospitalized with 3 in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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4 new patients bring to 15 Ontario Covid-19 cases

Toronto: Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, yesterday confirmed four new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Ontario to 15.. Of these, the first three cases in the province are resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

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Covid Update: Two new covid cases in hospital

Durham Health yesterday posted nine new Covid-19 cases for July 28, taking the region’s tally to 25,402 since the count began on February 29, 2020. Durham’s overall death toll stands at 374, with 218 of them occurring in LTCs. Recoveries stand at 24,969. However, there are 59 active covid cases. Two are hospitalized with none in Intensive

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Durham Health reports six beaches closed for swimming

The Health Department reminds the public not to swim in beach water for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall as bacteria levels can increase due to run-off. Throughout the summer, the Health Department will be conducting bacteriological water …

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Renew driver's licence, car stickers and health cards

The Ontario government is reinstating renewal requirements for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other products that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but were extended to provide immediate relief to …

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