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Over 40 City Of Kawartha Lakes Staff Off Work Due To COVID

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes has approximately 40 staff members off work due to COVID-19.

“We returned to work this week with over 40 staff off due to isolation, screening protocols or a positive rapid antigen test. We are closely monitoring staffing levels and will make temporary service adjustments as necessary,” said CAO Ron Taylor in a memo to staff.

18 employees were placed on unpaid leave for not complying with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the fall.

The city implemented a mandatory vaccination policy on Nov. 15,2021 for employees, which included Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services.

The City is also asking staff to update vaccination status and send the updated certificate with QR code to them. He says booster doses may be required to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’ their vaccination policy will be updated to follow provincial recommendations.

The Kawartha Lakes Police Service has six staff off work with COVID or COVID related isolation.

“We have had 4 staff members test positive and two in isolation due to exposure. This has not disrupted service to our community.” Sgt Deb Hagarty told Kawartha 411 News.

In October 2021, The Kawartha Lakes Police Service unveiled its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

“Those who are unvaccinated whether by choice or by medical or human rights exemption will be required to conduct weekly rapid testing to ensure the safety of the workplace.” said Chief Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell said they had examined the issue and come to an agreement with the Kawartha Lakes Police Association. He said the policy is in line with what other services are doing. The Ministry Of Health is providing rapid test kits to frontline workers at no cost.

“The Medical Officer of Health issued a directive that businesses had to have and vaccination policy in place. There is no equivalent from the Solicitor General so in my view a mandatory vaccination policy where we tell people you have to be vaccinated or you’re not coming into workplace is not advisable.”

As of January 6th there were 1156 fully vaccinated residents in the hospital in Ontario, 96 partially vaccinated and 436 unvaccinated. The ICU’s had 87 fully vaccinated, 28 partially vaccinated and 123 unvaccinated.

 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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