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Dr. Guan: Covid’s fourth wave has begun, get the vaccine

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun in the region and vaccination is the best protection you can have — These were two of the main takeaways from a press call with Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)

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Local hospitals preparing for surge in pediatric patients

As children return to school for the fall term, hospitals within Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) are ramping up training for pediatric nursing due to an expected increase in pediatric patients. According to KHSC, Registered Nurses at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) who generally work with

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LDSB ‘well positioned’ to open schools safely

As a community, we must do our utmost to ensure our schools remain safe and open.” — Krisha Burra, LDSB Director of Education *CORRECTION: This article states that “Patty Gollogly, Associate Superintendent of Education, said KFL&A Public Health reported 76 per cent of eligible students have had the first dose

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ALCDSB releases Return to Learning plan for 2021-2022 school year

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, David DeSantis, Director of Education for the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) shared a welcome back letter, including a return to school update, with families in the school board. The five-page letter details the board’s compliance with Public Health protocols and guidelines, and

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Province announces mandatory vaccination policies, third doses for vulnerable populations

High-risk settings will need to enforce mandatory vaccination policies, and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available for those at the highest risk due to the virus, according to the Province of Ontario. The announcement, made by Kingston’s own Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for

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Kingston teen helping students in need, one backpack at a time

One of the biggest concerns for parents at the beginning the school year is ensuring their child has school supplies. While some can afford to make that happen, some struggle to provide these items.  Understanding this concern, Kingston teenager Katie Onesi started a backpack campaign to help students with school

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KFL&A Public Health: Act now to get vaccinated for back to school

Now is the time to get your first dose in order to be fully vaccinated in time for back to school in September, says Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health.  With a 21 day wait period between first

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Dr.Guan to KFL&A: Keep getting vaccinated, it’s working

Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health provided a positive COVID-19 update for the week of Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021. “I have some good news for this week,” he said. “There have been no new cases today, and for

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ETFO President says teachers nervous about school reopening

The President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) local branch says teachers are apprehensive heading into the school year during a pandemic. She also called Premier Doug Ford’s message to teachers unions yesterday ’insulting.’ “It’s time for teachers to step up,” Ford told the media on Thursday, Aug.

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Local boards readying as majority of students opt for in-class learning

Kingston’s two largest school boards report that 90 per cent of their students will return for in-class learning this fall. Combined, Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) serve more than 30,0000 students in the Kingston area. Both boards issued online surveys to

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KASSAA announces no inter-school sports for fall

The Kingston Area Secondary School Atheletic Association (KASSAA) released a statement Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020, announcing there will be no inter-school athletics for the fall season. KASSAA works in concert with the four local school boards to provide extra-curricular leagues for students of the schools. Because the coming school year

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Local teen filling backpacks with school supplies for needy students

A Frontenac Secondary School student is filling backpacks for needy families for a second year in a row. 17 year-old Katie Onesi launched her Backpack Project fundraiser on Facebook on Friday, Jul. 31. So far she has raised enough money to purchase 26 backpacks and fill them with school supplies,

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