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CJRO News June 1 to June 7, 2020

Candice Vetter

First, some welcome good news. CJRO has received a small grant which will allow me to keep reporting for you over the summer. We had earlier planned not to broadcast news in July and August, but with the pandemic we decided the news cycle was too important to stop.


We will also be installing radio-quality recording equipment in my home for the time being, so I’ll be able to get back to interviewing guests on Local First, without conducting a new experiment in technology every time.

The Asclepios Medical Clinic in Orleans closed its doors on May 31st. A notice on the clinic’s website said the Asclepios team had served over 9000 patients in the Orleans region, in both official languages, since 2008. It said the costs of running the operation already weighed on the clinic, which had sought assistance from governments, but none was given. Now the clinic doesn’t have the resources to sustain the increased costs and decreased revenues caused by COVID-19.

The clinic’s patients remain under their family physician’s care and Asclepios team is working to transition their practices and files. They ask that patients NOT call the Clinic about the closure while staff focus on ensuring continuity of care. They said family physicians will contact patients in the coming weeks.

However, the Cardiology Clinic, Bio-Test Laboratory and Pharmacy operate independently from the Clinic and remain open. Patients and clients should reach out directly to them. Meanwhile the Orleans Urgent Care Clinic at 1220 Promenade Place d’Orleans has managed to stay open. It had asked for help as well, a request that was supported by MPP Stephen Blais.

Its website says the OUCC will remain open, with strict policies regarding COVID-19. It offers telephone and video consultation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. For a consultation call 613-841-5389.

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association has made a formal request for the transfer of some Carlsbad Springs addresses. The community association estimates over 70 homes and businesses are in Carlsbad Springs but are served by the Vars/Navan Post Office.

The sectors concerned are Boundary Road (the east side to Devine Road), Carlsbad Lane Road, Sabourin Road, and Russell Road (east of Carlsbad Springs village).

Some residents have to drive to Vars Post Office, about 10 kilometres away, to pick up mail, or else rent a postal box in Carlsbad Springs. In addition, three different postal drivers must deliver on Boundary Road, some people are "grandfathered" and others are not, and for community organizations and the Carlsbad Springs Community Association, it is difficult to explain why many residents are not included in Canada Post statistics.

With the official addresses of those homes included in Vars, the Carlsbad Springs community loses recognition of these properties on several levels. This affects services offered to seniors, youth, schools, sports and recreation organizations, and other social services. It also makes widespread distribution of community advertisements frustrating and sometimes incomplete.

On June 1st the City of Ottawa announced it has replaced its summer camp programs with a new program. For more information listen to Local First, or see the transcript online.

New public health data about COVID-19 symptoms has been released. It says patients may have the first-known,classic symptoms of fever, new or worsening cough, or breathing difficulty.

However, many other symptoms of COVID-19 have emerged. They can include: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, runny nose*, or nasal congestion*. (*In the absence of underlying reasons for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies and post-nasal drip.)

But COVID-19 also has stranger symptoms. These can be unexplained fatigue, malaise, delirium (which is a very serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), unexplained or increased number of falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, chills, headaches, Pink Eye, croup, rash, unexplained bruising or pain (possibly caused by blood clotting), or multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children. An infected infant could also have trouble feeding.

CJRO is looking for a part-time IT technician. It is a volunteer position for now, but the station is seeking funding for a part-time position.

For those who heard my interview with producer, and current Russell resident, Jonathan Estabrooks, on Local First, the final instalment of the Lean On Me virtual concert series is this Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m., online. This concert’s theme is opera. To join the audience visit TheOmniARTSFoundation.com.

Do you need PPE? The Government of Ontario website at https://covid-19.ontario.ca is an excellent resource, and has a section on where to find personal protective equipment at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/workplace-ppe-supplier-directory . Another useful link is to resources available to businesses at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses

And don’t forget, Foubert Road is closed and Farmers Way is closed between the two Piperville Road intersections. Construction there is estimated to last until the end of October.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Have you found a life hack to help deal with COVID-19? Do you have an issue you think isn’t being noticed? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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