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  • September 8: During the pandemic, we all screamed for ice cream
    Hodgins, Bill, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 8 Sep 2020     Central Smith Creamery taps into demand with unique variety packs offers and Kawartha Dairy notes a marked increase in ice cream demand.
    Hodgins, Bill, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 8 Sep 2020   Central Smith Creamery taps into demand with unique variety packs offers and ...
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  • September 10: Pandemic shows true picture of homelessness in Kawartha Lakes
    Grignon, Denis, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 10 Sep 2020     For those who are unhoused, the coronavirus pandemic is making an already precarious situation all the more stressful by presenting challenges unique to the pandemic.
    Grignon, Denis, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 10 Sep 2020   For those who are unhoused, the coronavirus pandemic is making an already ...
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  • November 11: Deer remains in ditches - How COVID-19 is increasing animal waste on our roads
    McGinn, William, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020     With the hunting season in full swing in Kawartha Lakes, it's not unusual to see a littering of deer carcasses, but the increased amount of dumping seen in 2020 possibly had a COVID-related reason. A lot of hunters were unable to get their game meat into a lot of local ...
    McGinn, William, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020   With the hunting season in full swing in Kawartha Lakes, it's not ...
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  • November 11: Daily COVID update
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 11 Nov 2020     Confirmed positive: 262, including 188 in Kawartha Lakes, 52 in Northumberland, 22 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland) Active cases: 4, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland) Probable cases: 0 (no change) High-risk contacts: 24, including 9 in ...
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 11 Nov 2020   Confirmed positive: 262, including 188 in Kawartha Lakes, 52 in Northumberland, 22 ...
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  • November 11: Public school board in Kawartha Lakes opts to close schools during snow days
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 11 Nov 2020     Trillium Lakelands District School Board will transition students to online learning when busing to schools is cancelled due to inclement weather to maintain COVID-19 safety plans.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 11 Nov 2020   Trillium Lakelands District School Board will transition students to online learning when ...
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  • November 11: Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020     Parents pushed the local public school board to allow for school photos. At the time, the school board was working with the local health unit to work on protocol to allow outside photographers into the building. The board hopes that provincial and federal investment in growing broadband access will help ...
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020   Parents pushed the local public school board to allow for school photos. ...
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  • November 12: Fifteen per cent of Canadians are skeptical or undecided about COVID-19 risks, new survey finds
    Yousif, Nadine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020     The majority of Canadians are aware of the public health risk of COVID-19, but 15 per cent say they don't believe the virus poses a big health risk to the population or are undecided.
    Yousif, Nadine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020   The majority of Canadians are aware of the public health risk of ...
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  • November 12: Bobcaygeon Chest Fund donates almost $20,000 to the Legion
        The Bobcaygeon Chest Fund donated almost $20,000 to the Bobcaygeon Legion so they can build an outdoor patio to help keep vets safe during COVID.
      The Bobcaygeon Chest Fund donated almost $20,000 to the Bobcaygeon Legion so ...
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  • January 12: Lindsay family charged with not following coronavirus gathering rules speaks out
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 12 Jan 2021     The family who was charged under the Reopening Ontario Act with not following Coronavirus gathering rules wants people to know, it could happen to you. Cindy McCabe says her two sisters and one of the sisters boyfriends all ended up at their parents' house in Lindsay at the same time. ...
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 12 Jan 2021   The family who was charged under the Reopening Ontario Act with not ...
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  • January 12: Private hotel rooms for homeless shelter clients make it difficult to 'move people along'
    Benns, Roderick, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 12 Jan 2021     Some of the people who find themselves homeless - and at the doors of A Place Called Home in Lindsay - are not wanting to move along quite as fast these days. Given the shortage of available affordable housing, the new place they secure with APCH's help is often just ...
    Benns, Roderick, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 12 Jan 2021   Some of the people who find themselves homeless - and at the ...
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  • June 17: Ontario government extends COVID-19 emergency orders until June 30
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 17 Jun 2020     The Ontario government extended all existing emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 30, 2020.
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 17 Jun 2020   The Ontario government extended all existing emergency orders made under the Emergency ...
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  • June 17: Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp
    Lindsay Advocate, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 17 Jun 2020     The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (KGCKL) developed plans to offer licensed childcare and in-person summer camp programs in accordance with the government guidelines. Summer camps were set to start on June 29, 2020.
    Lindsay Advocate, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 17 Jun 2020   The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (KGCKL) developed plans to ...
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  • January 10: Why did Ontario COVID-19 rates surge after Christmas? New cellphone mobility data offers some clues
    Yang, Jennifer, Toronto Star ( TorStar), 10 Jan 2021     Experts said the holiday period accelerated what was already an alarming trajectory before Christmas. According to mobility data shared exclusively with the Toronto Star, some health units that saw dramatic increases in post-holiday infection rates also had amongst the province's highest rates of movement.
    Yang, Jennifer, Toronto Star ( TorStar), 10 Jan 2021   Experts said the holiday period accelerated what was already an alarming trajectory ...
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  • January 11: No COVID-19 curfews planned for Ontario, government source says
    Ferguson, Rob, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 11 Jan 2021     A senior government source said that the provincial government was not planning to put curfews in place to curb the stubbornly rapid spread of COVID-19. The question of curfews arose after Quebec implemented one.
    Ferguson, Rob, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 11 Jan 2021   A senior government source said that the provincial government was not planning ...
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  • January 10: Elementary students plugging in for two more weeks of school
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 10 Jan 2021     Health unit said delaying return to school for elementary students is necessary given the continued rise in COVID-19 cases locally and across the province.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 10 Jan 2021   Health unit said delaying return to school for elementary students is necessary ...
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  • January 11: Three fined in Lindsay for breaching COVID-19 gathering rules
    Peterborough This Week, Peterborough This Week (Peterborough ON), 11 Jan 2021     Three people were issued fines in Lindsay under the Reopening Ontario Act after police received a complaint on Sunday afternoon.
    Peterborough This Week, Peterborough This Week (Peterborough ON), 11 Jan 2021   Three people were issued fines in Lindsay under the Reopening Ontario Act ...
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  • November 12: Feel like you've aged a decade in 2020? The stress of COVID-19 may actually be adding extra years to your birth year
    Chiu, Joanna, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020     People across Canada experienced stress-related aging such as greying hair, weight gain, and body aches.
    Chiu, Joanna, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020   People across Canada experienced stress-related aging such as greying hair, weight gain, ...
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  • November 12: Daily COVID update
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 12 Nov 2020     Confirmed positive: 263, including 188 in Kawartha Lakes, 53 in Northumberland, 22 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland) Active cases: 2, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland (net decrease of 2) Probable cases: 0 (no change) High-risk contacts: 22, including 8 in Kawartha Lakes, 11 in ...
    Taylor, Jeannine, kawarthaNOW.com ( Jeannine Taylor), 12 Nov 2020   Confirmed positive: 263, including 188 in Kawartha Lakes, 53 in Northumberland, 22 ...
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  • November 12: Santa Claus is (still) coming to town
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020     Organizers of annual Lindsay Santa Claus Parade turned the events into a 'road trip' in order to keep the holiday spirit alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 12 Nov 2020   Organizers of annual Lindsay Santa Claus Parade turned the events into a ...
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  • November 12: Worries about octoblocks grow as students, teachers deal with relentless pace
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 12 Nov 2020     Despite mostly positive reports from senior local public school board staff regarding octoblocks, a different narrative emerged powered by student and teacher experiences. Octoblocks, according to a school trustee, a union representative, and three teachers affected students and staff in a number of negative ways.
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 12 Nov 2020   Despite mostly positive reports from senior local public school board staff regarding ...
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COVID-19: The Kawartha Lakes Pandemic Time Capsule


A collection of local and general news articles, photographs, experiences shared by citizens of the City of Kawartha Lakes during the COVID-19 global pandemic shutdown, March 17, 2020 to the present day. The COVID-19 pandemic made the world reconsider standards of public health care, childcare, and debate on the future of the working world as global economies shut down behind lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to protect their citizens from the fast-spreading novel coronavirus or COVID-19. In Ontario, outbreaks at many long-term care homes led to an investigation in September 2020 into the living and working situations within the homes following deployment of Canadian military to support exhausted front-line long-term care home workers and alleviate short-staffed situations. As of July 13, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic infected 1,421,447 Canadians (547,409 in Ontario, 1136 in Kawartha Lakes). 1,390,048 people recovered from the infection (536,603 in Ontario, 1070 in Kawartha Lakes). 26,450 Canadians died due to COVID-19 (9258 in Ontario, 58 in Kawartha Lakes). As of July 13, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic infected 187,261,860 people worldwide. 172,407,698 people recovered from the virus. 4,039,060 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported worldwide.