Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 1:44 pm  19 January 2021

This page summarizes news about the Covid-19 virus. The page will be dynamic – that is, it will change with the news.  Also, it will not accept comments.  

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Updatefurther to what has been indicated below with the province-wide lockdown, everyone must stay at home except to exercise. buy essentials or attend work that cannot be done at home.  A  Facemask is now recommended outside and organized or social gatherings are now limited to 5 people instead of the previous 10 – this stay at home order is in effect until Feb 11.  It should not be confused (although no doubt will be) with the Re-opening Ontario Act (ROA) declaration of an Emergency which was extended (on 16 January) to Feb 19.  The ROA allows edicts to be issued without additional approval by Parliament.  At the moment, the lockdown rules only go to Feb 11, not Feb 19.

Go here for full details from HKPR DHU

Update from HKPR DHU re Vaccine

As reported by Today’s Northumberland  –  Cecilia Nasmith – 13 January

See her full report here

The province is going to distribute its first doses to the long-term-care homes in the most heavily affected areas like the GTA, Windsor and Ottawa. As additional supplies arrive, long-term-care residents, workers and essential-care providers in other areas will be inoculated. Locally, given all current data, Dr. Gemmill predicts this may happen as soon as early February.

“We are dusting off our vaccine plans, working with partners in the health-care sector and municipal sector to be ready not only for phase one but also when we move into phase two.”

Phase two, he reiterated, will involve essential workers, older adults and eventually all other members of the community who want to be vaccinated. Again, based on all available current data, he expects this to take place later in the spring or early summer.

Information about Vaccinations

Go to this link to see Ontario Government supplied information on when vaccines will be available and the phased immunization program.
Includes all available information on Vaccines in Canada and Ontario.

A graph showing the cases each day plus the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Northumberland is now available here
Also included is any current public information on Outbreaks.

You might be interested in what’s happening about entertainmentgo here for the latest.

The School board tracks cases hereCurrently no cases in Cobourg   Catholic School Board here. No current Cobourg cases.

Outdoor Rink in Rotary Park

Updated

The Rotary Park outdoor skating rink – commonly known as the frink (Fountain/Rink) – is open but with stringent rules.

This closed Thursday 14 and Friday 15 but will reopen Saturday 16.  The only change is to require masks while skating.

To use the Rink, you must first register/book online in advance – see link at end of this section.

Hours

Seven Days – Sunday to Saturday10 am – 7:45 pm

Rules

  • Northumberland residents only
  • 10 maximum occupancy – not changed
  • Bookings consist of a 45-minute time slot
  • Register each member of your household. Register early to secure your spot, you will receive a confirmation email
  • Abide by all safety protocols including a strong recommendation to physically distance and you must wear a non-medical mask
  • No organized team sports (hockey) or games of tag are allowed
  • The Albert Street Transit Shelter remains closed
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home

Please check in with the Special Constable once you arrive

Remember that the rink is subject to the weather and may be closed temporarily if the conditions become unsafe.

Register here  

For a look (photos) at the rink with fencing and Policing, go to update on Post about this here.

There are plans to create another rink at Sinclair park relying on natural freezing.  This will not be open until the Lockdown is over and requires a steady approx. -10 degrees to work.

 

Province Wide Shutdown

Effective for Southern Ontario including Cobourg:  26 December to 23 January 2021 – extended to February 11 with further restrictions.

Summary

General

  • No Indoor organized event except with people you live with and Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies and then limited to 10 people
  • Outdoor events limited to 10 people (now 5 but does not affect outdoor skating rink) and must maintain physical distancing
  • Any establishments that open must limit occupancy to 50% of capacity

Closed

  • All stores must close by 8:00 pm
  • Restaurants, Bars and other food and drink establishments – take-out only is permitted
  • All other stores – e.g. Hardware, pet stores although curbside pickup is permitted
  • Cinemas and theatres except for rehearsals.
  • Libraries – curbside pickup permitted
  • Personal Care – Spas, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and tattoo parlours.
  • Cannabis stores – curbside pickup permitted
  • Cobourg Community Centre
  • YMCA closed except for day-care

Open

  • Food stores and Pharmacies – limited to 50% capacity
  • LCBO and Beer store
  • Big box if they sell groceries – limited to 25% capacity
  • Banks
  • Outdoor markets if they are primarily for food.
  • Parks

Above is a summary and omits many exceptions. Download full regulations here.

County Updates here (For tags, Community recycling centres – look under Waste Operations)

Town of Cobourg Updates  here

Once lockdown is over, hopefully Northumberland reverts to Yellow zone per the following.

With the move into the Yellow-Control level, some of the key changes include:

  • Restaurants/bars must close at midnight.
  • Alcohol can no longer be sold or served after 11 pm.
  • A limit of six people can be seated at one table in restaurants
  • Eateries and other select businesses must keep contact information for all patrons who dine in. Previously, restaurants only had to collect contact information for one person in the party.
  • Gyms and fitness clubs must increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres (from 2 metres) in areas with weights or exercise equipment, as well as in exercise/fitness classes.
  • The volume of music in stores and businesses must be low enough so a normal conversation is possible, and shouting is not required.
  • Most businesses must now complete a COVID-19 safety plan and make it available upon request.

HKPR DHU web page with current restrictions

Covid-19 Data – in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge

Only Northumberland Data is provided here.  See the Source data page here (page 1 of 4) for more data.. 

Updated  1:44 pm  19 January 2021 –   Data is from previous day at 11:59 pm.  Not updated Sundays or Holidays.

Northumberland Status

  Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan 18 Jan 19
Confirmed Cases (to date) 309 311 315 324 335 345 348
Current High Risk Contacts 51 53 50 55 53 62 62
Current Probable Cases 2 1 4 5 2 0 0
Not Resolved 34 30 29 35 40 44 47
Resolved 271 277 281 284 290 295 295
Hospitalizations (total to date) 8 9 9 8 8 8 8
Deaths (to date) 4 4 5 5 5 6 6

For a graph showing the daily cases and the trend, go here.

For definitions of terms, see the Source of this data HKPR  – For Ontario Updates and Statistics, go here.

General Information below is superceded by Province Wide Shutdown where applicable.

Limits on groups

(Shutdown changes these numbers) Limits on gatherings – public or private where social distancing can be maintained:

  • Functions, parties, dinners, gatherings BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks: 10 people indoors; 25 people outdoors
  • Organized Public Events, Social Gatherings, Religious Services including events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities: Indoors 50 people or 30% capacity of the room, 100 people outdoors

See key points here on when mask must be worn.

Masks are now mandatory on Cobourg Transit Buses as well as all indoor locations

See current Testing details below – or click here

Requires Social Distancing and other conditions – Ontario Guiding principles/framework.

Cobourg provides a phone-in hotline for Public Information. – 289-677-0585 Operating 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week: An information and referral service aimed to link individuals and families to vital services throughout the community.  Town web site here.

Cobourg Community Centre Closes 

The Cobourg Community Centre closed on Saturday December 12 will now not reopen until January 22 (probably now Feb 11)  – Subject to conformation. 

The CCC  was previously closed until January 22 – see story here re closing to Jan 11.

Details on re-opening in Stages.

A web page has been created which gives the phone numbers of all the doctors in Northumberland.  There’s even a number to call if you don’t have a doctor.  Go here.

Covid-19 Testing

All Testing is now by appointment only. No “walk ins” accepted.

To find a testing location go to this page.

Two locations in Cobourg

1. Local residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Hospital only if they:

  • are showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by the public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • are a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by the public health unit; or
  • are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Appointments may be booked by calling the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly at 905-377-7783. Note please that call volume is presently high.

2. Pharmacy 101 on Division St.. next to Beer store – information at their web site here.  Appointments are required.

Location for NHH Assessment Centre  

NHH’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. Call the Centre directly at 905-377-7783 to book an appointment or if you have questions. Walk-ins are NOT accepted, but to shorten your wait and help us maintain physical distancing requirements, it is strongly recommend that you call ahead and schedule a visit.

Note that those arriving for assessment are asked to enter a trailer parked near the Emergency Department entrance. Update on Hospital status including info on testing here.

Closures/Restrictions/Changes 

Organization Details Start/ End date
County Facilities All visitors to County Facilities must wear a mask.  Until further notice
All Commercial Establishments All Retail stores, convenience stores, malls/plazas, restaurants, personal service settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, indoor farmers’ markets, areas of mechanics’ shops/garages/repair shops, which are open to the public – operators must ensure all people entering must wear a non-medical mask except when eating.  
Town of Cobourg Most Municipal buildings closed to the public and activities in Public buildings to stop: Concert Hall programs rescheduled – Most Municipal buildings closed to the public  Venture 13 programs and classes cancelled. AGN  Closed during lockdown Library now open – hours below.  Victoria Hall will not re-open until well into 2021 although in-person appointments may be made.  The Concert Hall is expected to be closed for all of 2021 Until further notice
Cobourg Community Centre Now Closed Maximum 10 Participants in Fitness Classes, Pickleball and Tennis – singles only, 10 participants only; 3 metres spacing for recreational programs; adult public skating – max 10 skaters at a time.  Closed until Jan 23.  Closed until Jan 23
Outdoor Skating Rink Effective December 26, fenced and limited to 10 occupants.  Advance registration required – details above Until Jan 23
Town of Cobourg Council Meetings Council Meetings are now using Zoom until further notice  Council meetings details here. Until further notice
Town of Cobourg  With the closing of Vic Hall, its washrooms were no longer accessible to the public so two portable washrooms were set up outside Vic Hall on Third Street Until further notice
Downtown Parking Parking will be free downtown – King Street and nearby until at least January 4 when it will become paid. Waterfront parking not free.  Details here. To Jan 4
Cobourg Transit Reduced Schedule and restrictions added – Details here Free to January 26 – Masks mandatory on all buses
Northumberland Hills Hospital  Effective Monday, October 19th, visiting hours to inpatient units at NHH will be expanded to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (8 am to 8 pm). The maximum daily number of visitors/essential caregivers will remain limited to one per patient, with exceptions (at discretion of the care team) for palliative/end-of-life patients permitted. For further details on the NHH COVID-19 Visitor Policy, see the COVID-19 Visiting Guidelines section on the NHH website (https://nhh.ca/Patients/VisitingGuidelines ) where a Frequently Asked Question document will also be found.
External meetings/special events planned for NHH cancelled (e.g. PACE). Some elective surgery now taking place. 
All Bars and Restaurants  Indoor service requires mask when not seated. Limit of 6 people per table. Closed effective 26 December Until Jan 23
Concert Hall at Victoria Hall Closed and probably closed most of 2021.  Concert Hall Booking office also closed.  
Cobourg Police The Cobourg Police Station will be closed to members of the public beginning 12:01 AM on Saturday, December 26, 2020, to Saturday, January 23, 2021. Until Jan 23
All Entertainment venues Fire Hall theatre closed,  Museums such as Marie Dressler closed.  Cobourg Loft, Art Gallery (AGN) and Rainbow Cinema are closed during lockdown.  .   More here. Bowling Alley at Mall is closed Closed to Jan 23
Cobourg Library Hours: Monday + Tues – 12 pm to 6 pm;  Wed to Sat – 10 am to 2 pm; Sunday – Closed – Only open for pickup  
Dentists Emergencies only Until further notice
MTO If you are 80 or more, you need to attend an MTO drive test session to renew your Drivers licence.  These are now shut down although driving tests for new drivers resumed on August 4.  Until further notice
Provincial Court Attorney General has further postponed all provincial offences-related court appearances until after January 22, 2021.  You can pay tickets online here.  January 22, 2021

Other Closures

Day Care centres are now open although there is a limit of 15 children per group. 

Community Care All offices close – still operating by phone and delivering frozen meals Until further notice
EarlyOn Child & Family Centres Closed and programming postponed.  Current Status here. Until further notice

Food Vendors – most are now open for take-out

Other Affected Organizations 

Organization Impact End date
Churches No in-person Church services allowed with more than 50 people.  Social distancing required. Until further notice
Northumberland County

All County buildings are closed to the public except the admin Building at 555 Courthouse Road. – included are 600 William Street and Material Recovery Facility in Grafton. Household Hazardous waste now accepted at Bewdley.  Details here.

Until further notice

Sports Status

See the individual web sites for each organization. There is a list here (along with other Cobourg Clubs).

HKPR Health Unit (covers Cobourg)

Other Useful Pages

Hospital page

Town of Cobourg Covid-19 Information page

Canada On-Line self-assessment tool

World-wide cases – Map and Statistics 

Town of Cobourg Emergency Plan (2015) 

Caremongering – Volunteers helping others

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