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Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest Nursing Home thanks community for support during outbreak

Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., released a special video to thank the community for its ongoing support during the coronavirus outbreak over the past two months. The outbreak - which was declared in late March - was deemed over on May 14. The deadly outbreak claimed the lives of 28 residents and the spouse of a resident. More than two dozen staff also fell ill during the pandemic. Administrator Mary Carr: "We’ve been astounded by the words of comfort, acts of solidarity and innumerable gifts shared with all of us at Pinecrest Nursing Home. This support has meant the world to us! There is nothing that we can do that will adequately capture how grateful we are, but I hope you enjoy the following video."

Pinecrest Nursing Home employee in Bobcaygeon, Ont., plays with toddler son through window

An employee at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., has had limited access to her son since the coronavirus outbreak at the facility in March. This video shows Jessica Frankland playing a game of peekaboo with her 14-month-old son Austin separated by a window of her mother's home. According to Jessica's mother Cindy, her daughter cannot enter the home and her only visits to see her son are through her window. Since a coronavirus outbreak was declared on March 20 at the 65-bed facility, 29 residents have died of COVID-19 complications. (Video courtesy of Cindy Frankland)
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Bagpiper pays tribute to victims of COVID-19 at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon

Scott Davidson played "Amazing Grace" outside Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., on Easter Sunday to pay tribute to those who have died of COVID-19 complications. Since an outbreak was declared at the 65-bed facility in March, 29 residents have died along with a spouse of a resident. Davidson is the owner/funeral director at Hendren Funeral Homes in Bobcaygeon. Video courtesy Jodie Mulder.

Bobcaygeon Town Crier visits Pinecrest Nursing Home

The Town Crier for the Village of Bobcaygeon , Ont., paid a visit on Wednesday to Pinecrest Nursing Home to salute its staff. Since a coronavirus outbreak was declared on March 20, 28 residents have died due to COVID-19 complications. However, staff report many residents are rebounding from the virus. The last death at the facility was on April 9.
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Bobcaygeon nursing home celebrates first resident going outside since coronavirus outbreak

Lorraine Button, a 91-year-old resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., goes for walk outside on Friday afternoon, the first time since an outbreak of COVID-19 was declared at the facility on March 20. Administrator Mary Carr says Button loves to be outdoors and goes on walks around the community daily. “So this breath of fresh air tastes especially sweet today,” said Carr. “This video captures the first walk of its kind in weeks and the staff are clearly thrilled to share this moment with her.” With the support of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, residents who had previously tested positive but have been healthy for at least 14 days are able to reintroduce exercise into their daily routine. Carr says Button first tested positive on April 1 but is seen here doing well and ready to resume her walks.

Coboconk residents asking cottagers to stay home

A retired PSW who once worked at Pinecrest Nursing home in Bobcaygeon has a message for seasonal cottagers. Stay home. Keli Griffin is frustrated that non-locals continue to make their way to cottage country, despite a reccomendation from Premier Doug Ford to stay away. Dan Nyznik has the story.
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Doctor says COVID-19 turned Ontario nursing home into “war zone”

A COVID-19 outbreak has devastated the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, leaving nine residents dead, and dozens of others ill. Abigail Bimman reports on the toll this virus is taking on the home, and what Premier Doug Ford wants people over 70 years old to do.
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Coronavirus outbreak: Ontario announces 3 new deaths as confirmed cases nears 1,000

Ontario associate chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe announced three new deaths, two at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., and a woman in her 80s in York Region. Yaffe said there were approximately 133 new cases, bringing the total to 993 confirmed cases in the province. She added Ontario will likely see the number of resolved cases go up above 200 in the coming days.

Global News Peterborough Update 3: January 27, 2021

NEWS UPDATE with Keri Ferguson Officials report the COVID-19 situation is now stable at Peterborough Regional Health Centre; COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Bobcaygeon's Pinecrest Nursing Home; the Ontario Fire Marshal has determined the cause to the weekend house fire that killed two people in Peterborough's south end; 7 day regional weather outlook. Issued: 4:40 pm.
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Fire destroys house in Bobcaygeon

A fire Monday morning ripped through a house in Bobcaygeon. Queen Street was closed as crews battled the blaze and extreme temperatures.

COVID-19 Roundup: Premier Ford urges residents to avoid visiting cottages

Residents in lakefield and Coboconk claim there is a large number of cottagers in the community despite a message from the Premier, urging people to stay home. April is Earth Month, and this year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day Canada is urging people to help the environment from their homes this year. Here's Lindsay Biscaia with your roundup.
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Looking ahead for the City of Kawartha Lakes

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the City of Kawartha Lakes quickly became the province’s epicentre for the virus, following an outbreak at Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest Nursing Home which claimed the lives of 28 residents. But within the past year, the municipality has turned a corner. Case numbers are down, and as many regions tighten restrictions, the City of Kawartha Lakes saw its case numbers drop and recently the region moved to the Yellow Zone. The city is also ahead of schedule on several infrastructure projects and council passed the lowest tax increase in a decade. Mayor Andy Letham spoke to Katrina Squazzin about current projects and what's coming up for the municipality.