May 25,

Board of Health Meets May 9 at 5:00 p.m.

May 4, 2018 – Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough Public Health,

Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

Media and the community are advised that the next Board of Health meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

http://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

This meeting is open to the community and members of the media.  Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Peterborough Public Health staff when they arrive.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Phone Service Restored at Peterborough Public Health

May 3, 2018 – All Incoming and Outgoing Calls to 705-743-1000 Working Properly

Peterborough Public Health is pleased to announce that its phone service is restored and functioning properly.

The community is advised that they can again use the number 705-743-1000 for any urgent or non-urgent public health matters.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we addressed the issue.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Temporary Phone Service Outage at Peterborough Public Health

May 3, 2018 – Emergency Response System Remains Operational – Call 705-760-8127

Peterborough Public Health is notifying the community that there is presently no phone or fax service available to its main business line 705-743-1000 as its service provider is experiencing a province-wide disruption.

In case of a public health emergency, please call 705-760-8127 which will direct callers to an answering service.  On-call public health staff will then be notified and able to respond.

This service disruption is also affecting calls to the Community Dental Health Centre located at Peterborough Square.

We will continue to keep the public updated and advise as soon as phone and fax service is restored.

Peterborough Public Health apologizes for any inconvenience.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Food for Kids’ Volunteers Celebrated For 25 Years of Feeding Hungry Students

April 25, 2018 – Hundreds of Volunteers Recognized at Appreciation Luncheon Gala

Today, more than 200 volunteers were honoured for their remarkable contributions that make school breakfast and snack programs possible in Peterborough County and City.

Twenty-five years ago, a local service group approached two downtown schools and Peterborough’s public health unit with the idea of organizing a breakfast program for children.  Through the significant commitment and dedication of community partners, local businesses, schools, and volunteers, the Food for Kids partnership has grown to 72 breakfast, snack and lunch programs in 48 schools.

“Since 1992, our community has stood behind breakfast programs and helped feed many children. We are honoured to celebrate all of the incredible volunteers who help to make Student Nutrition Programs a success,” said Susan McEwen, Chair of the Food for Kids Steering Committee. “Without their dedication and commitment, these programs couldn’t exist.”

“Volunteers contribute in many roles. Some do grocery shopping, or pick up food. Others help with food prep, serving meals or fundraising. There are so many ways that volunteers help feed kids,” said Angela Fuchs, Food for Kids Student Nutrition Program Coordinator. “Every contribution makes a positive impact to help students reach their potential.”

“When students are hungry, it is hard for them to concentrate in class. Good nutrition is clearly linked to an increased ability to learn,” said Luisa Magalhaes, Registered Dietitian with Peterborough Public Health. “Teachers report better student behaviour, attitude, attention span, and school attendance when nutrition programs are offered.”

Today’s luncheon recognized the contributions and dedication of Food for Kids’ 1000+ volunteers, who dedicate an average of 1,395 hours each week.  Thirty-five Student Nutrition Program volunteers were honoured at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on April 19 for 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.  Susan McEwen expressed her sincere gratitude for the more than 150 community partners and sponsors who provide support.

“Thank you to all who contribute time, food, funding, supplies and space. Food for Kids needs you! Thank you for making an important impact on kids in our community.”

To contact Food for Kids, call 705-743-1000 or visit www.foodforkidsptbo.ca.

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Community-Wide Flu Outbreak Continues

April 19, 2018 – Residents Reminded to Prevent the Spread of Illness

This year’s severe flu season has prompted Peterborough Public Health to remind local residents to prevent spreading the flu, especially those who engage with seniors.

“With a three-fold increase in influenza outbreaks in local long-term care facilities this season, we urge local residents to use all methods possible to protect our most vulnerable from catching the flu virus,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “Most of the precautions people can take are very straightforward, such as washing your hands often, staying home if sick, and not visiting elderly friends and family if you are feeling unwell.”

Dr. Salvaterra noted that this year’s flu season started earlier and is lasting far longer than last year.  As of April 9, 2018, there have been 22 influenza outbreaks in local long-term care facilities, compared to only seven last year. This does not include outbreaks of other viruses in facilities, such as norovirus or Human Metapneumovirus.  The flu vaccine was actively promoted last fall, and a total of 50,770 doses of flu vaccine have been distributed this season throughout the community through local pharmacies and health care providers.

“Anyone at high risk for complications from influenza should see their primary care provider as soon as possible if symptomatic with flu-like illness as antivirals can help reduce the risk of hospitalization,” said Dr. Salvaterra, adding that antivirals must be started within the first 24-48 hours of illness in order to work best.

“This has been an unusually severe flu season, with both A and B influenza strains circulating at the same time,” explained Dr. Salvaterra. “Typically the A strain peaks first, followed by the B strain.  To have both surge together this late into April is definitely outside the ordinary and has placed a real strained local health care resources.”

For more information on precautions to take during flu season, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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