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  1. “The general consensus among health experts and government agencies is that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, who are at a greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, should get immunized first.“ Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/7468036/canada-coronavirus-vaccine-rollout/amp/ If the public health officials follow through on vaccinating the most vulnerable first, followed by the health-care workers etc, and if the vaccines work as hoped (that is, prime the recipient’s own immune system to be able to recognize the SARS-CoV-2 virus and thus ward off illness and severe illness if later exposed to the actual virus) a visit to a vaccinated grandparent should be safe, eventually. We certainly hope that is eventually the case, because until then we all need to continue to rigorously follow the public health measures that are meant to reduce transmission (physical distancing from everyone outside your household/bubble, hand washing after touching surfaces, masking to limit droplet spread, minimizing exposure/transmission as much as possible by staying home if feeling unwell, and limiting in-person shopping to essential items.) If/when there is an effective vaccine, your tactics can change to protecting yourself by getting your vaccination. It won’t matter if someone you know chooses not to get vaccinated as they can’t harm you after you are vaccinated, nor can they harm a vaccinated senior by their own personal choice to reject an available vaccine.
  2. The wind warning issued for the Kawartha Lakes and other places says that 110 km/hr gusts are possible this evening and overnight as the front goes through. 110 km/hr is pretty significant and potentially damaging. Environment Canada: Wind warning for Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes
  3. As far as the pandemic goes, it’s not looking too great out there right now. England announced today that they are going back into lockdown, with non-essential workers asked to stay home until December. https://www.reuters.com/article/BigStory12/idUSKBN27G0C7
  4. No, and the optics around changing that now, with case-counts higher, would be very poor.
  5. Media reporting that police are giving tickets, even though the government isn’t expiring things at this time: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/police-give-drivers-tickets-for-expired-licence-plates-despite-it-not-being-allowed-1.5115694
  6. Is there anybody on the board who has received renewal paperwork since April?
  7. Everyone I know is in the same state. I think it’s because they aren’t expiring due to COVID-19. Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/extended-validation-periods
  8. Here’s a perspective from an American that was published in Kawartha Now: A love letter to the Kawarthas (and Canada) from an American cottager
  9. That’s one part of the process that could be optimized at relatively low cost. No-touch infrared scanning thermometers, or ten of them doing 60 kids each, should be able to chug through it in a more reasonable time. There is almost certainly going to be a huge run on infrared temperature scanners over the next several weeks, so they could become scarce very quickly though (infrared temperature scanners could become the new “toilet paper” when it comes to consumer demand).
  10. I detest fish poachers. Oh wait...
  11. Maybe try CTC in Campbellford, Ontario https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/minn-kota-endura-c2-trolling-motor-30-lb-30-in-0798580p.html
  12. I think that we all need to figure out ways of carrying on with life as best we can, with the threat of COVID-19 remaining around for quite a while, and we need to continue to re-assess the situation as things evolve or degrade. I think hiding away completely, while banking on a future vaccine or the virus vanishing, is not really feasible. The chance of catching COVID-19 seems greater in an area experiencing a hot outbreak, and less in an area that has no active outbreak. As long as each of us lacks immunity to the virus (through whatever means), the risk won't ever be zero and transmission only ever requires contact with a single infected individual, not thousands. The hand-washing and physical-distancing counter-measures are the only tools we've got right now, and the spirit of those guidelines are what need to be followed out in the community. The other concern is the outcome of the disease for the individual if they do happen to catch COVID-19. That's the piece that nobody knows for sure ahead of time, but statistics to date indicate that the chance of a poor or fatal outcome from the disease seems to be higher with age (source: https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epidemiological-summary-covid-19-cases.html) Youngsters seem to be more willing to roll the dice on catching it, and it might be because they feel that their personal outcome would be less likely to result in hospitalization or death. Hopefully, those risk-takers are not mingling with anyone elderly.
  13. The only sure safe way (from your perspective) to do that would be for the out-of-towners to arrive 14 days ahead of you, and you join them if they are symptom-free at the end of that time. That’s likely not feasible. Other options will introduce varying amounts of risk, and only you can decide your level of risk tolerance really.
  14. Kawartha Lakes: https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/news/covid-19-update-july-8-2020-a-message-from-the-mayor.aspx
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