Former Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton Says His New Platform Is a ‘Call to Presentness’

Kathryn Costello

With the launch of his new podcast, former Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton hopes to remind others to live in the present and do so with the people they love the most.

In the debut episode of the Live Your Days podcast, Hamilton opened up about how he keeps positive in the face of the heart-wrenching setbacks, including the death of his mother and multiple battles with cancer.

“I lost my mother to cancer when I was 18 years old. It was devastating — I was closer to her than anyone in my life,” Hamilton tells PEOPLE. “It was that day I decided to honor her in everything I was to do going forward. I became more successful in skating, which allowed me to become more influential in my pursuit to raise money for cancer research.”

He adds, “Twenty years after I lost my mom, I survived my

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Hamilton County Health Department offering free flu vaccines starting next week

The Hamilton County Health Department will begin offering free flu vaccines for a limited time starting next week, according to a news release from the department.

The department is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this year and to get it early in preparation for a more challenging flu season due to the added risk of COVID-19.

Those 18 years and older can use a drive-through flu vaccine clinic from 1:30-5 p.m. on Oct. 12-14 at the Alstom Plant located at 1125 Riverfront Pkwy. This is the same location as COVID-19 testing is taking place, but the flu vaccine clinic will be held at different hours. Free COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at the site 7 days a week, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m, the release states.

(READ MORE: You should always get a flu shot, but especially now)

The vaccine will be free while supplies

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Hamilton Township Confirms Four Cases Of Legionnaires’ Disease

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Hamilton Township Division of Health has reported four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease, and two people have died.

The residents became ill between Aug. 18-24, the department said in a public statement last week. It’s not known exactly why the outbreak occurred, officials said.

The state Department of Health and the Hamilton Division of Health recently collected environmental samples from selected sites that may be connected to the disease, officials said.

The township has also hired an independent laboratory to conduct water sampling locations, and officials have identified the Mercerville section as sample location site.

The Health Division said it was working closely with state Department of Health to investigate the matter. Health officials said it’s difficult to determine the origin of the bacteria that infected town residents, but are working to identify potential sources of exposure.

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused

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ServiceOntario sent Hamilton man’s health card number to correctional facility inmate

A Hamilton man says he is angry and describes as “almost insulting” an apology letter he received from ServiceOntario, after the agency said it “mistakenly” sent his health card number to an inmate at a correctional facility.

In its apology — a copy of which has been obtained by CBC News — ServiceOntario said it misidentified the man as a correctional facility inmate with an identical last name and date of birth, and that the error began as early as 2016.

CBC News has decided not to identify the individuals involved, in order to protect their privacy.

“I am very angry at the letter that I got yesterday from the province,” the 30-year-old man said Thursday.

“This letter that I got yesterday, like, it’s almost insulting. It feels like the government is giving themselves a giant pat on the back. 

“It is woefully inadequate and it really almost seems to

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Hamilton County Health Department explains significant drop in active COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases reported daily on the Hamilton County Health Department website dropped from 1,505 to 603 on Thursday, raising eyebrows across the county and prompting an explanation from department officials.

Officials say the 902-case decrease was the result of several factors, including a downward trend in new reported cases and a “data clean-up” of cases that were no longer active but had failed to automatically roll off the active case list in the standard 14-day period.

“The Health Department applied a ‘data clean-up’ because some recovered/inactive cases had not rolled off automatically as they were supposed to. Cases were manually removed that were no longer active. Moving forward, this should not be a problem with cases not rolling off timely,” according to a news release issued by the health department on Friday.

Another factor contributing to the dramatic decline in cases was that the department “changed

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