Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 1:51 pm  12 June 2021

Important Updates on Vaccines are not on this page  

You can get the latest Information about vaccines and vaccination here.

See page showing graph of 7 day average of new cases here.

The page below summarizes news about the Covid-19 virus. The page will be dynamic – that is, it will change with the news.  

The NEW annotation indicates a change recently added to this page – not necessarily a new restriction.  Annotations will remain for a few days.

Now in Effect

  • Outdoor Recreation Open: Golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and others with restrictions
  • Horse riding permitted, with restrictions
  • No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

Roadmap to Reopen

Ontario Provincial plan

Download full three step plan with more detail here (pdf).

Step one of the plan came into effect June 11 (except for opening of golf etc which was earlier – see above),  The Province will gradually ease restrictions based on Province wide “vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health system indicators.”   Each new step will remain in effect for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the vaccination thresholds have been met, alongside positive trends of other key public health and health system indicators, then the Province will move forward.

Public health and workplace safety measures would continue to apply across all steps, including maintaining physical distance, capacity limits and wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

Three Step Plan Summary

  • Step 1: An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.   Criteria: 60% of adults have had one vaccine dose plus there are positive trends on indicators.  Now in effect.
  • Step 2: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.  Criteria: 70% of adults have had one vaccine dose and 20% have had two plus there are positive trends on indicators. Hopefully on July 5.
  • Step 3: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.  Criteria: 70 – 80% of adults have had one vaccine dose and 25% have had two plus there are positive trends on indicators.  Hopefully on July 26

Step One

Step One of the roadmap began after 60 per cent of Ontario’s adults received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and public health indicators such as hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates indicated the Province could safely move to this step of the roadmap. Based on current trends in key health Indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government announced that we entered Step One of the Roadmap at midnight June 11, 2021

Step One permits the resumption of outdoor activities with smaller well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table;
  • Outdoor fitness classes personal training and sports training up to 10 people;
  • Essential retail at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big box);
  • Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways without spectators;
  • Outdoor horse riding;
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools with capacity limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing;
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals; and
  • Ontario Parks

Summary/Highlights of what is Not Allowed in Step one

  • Personal Care Services (open but limited in Step 2)
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities (open but limited in step 3)
  • Most meeting and event spaces (open but limited in step 3)
  • Theatres (open but limited in step 3)
  • Cinemas (open but limited in step 3)
  • Casinos and Bingo Halls (open but limited in step 3)
  • Museums (outdoor only allowed) (open but limited in step 3)
  • Marina clubhouses (open but limited in step 3)

There is more detail including Step 2 and 3 restrictions in the Province’s Document download here.

For a comprehensive description of all 3 steps go to Province’s site here.

Trend in new cases

A graph showing the cases each day plus the 7 day average of new Covid-19 cases in Northumberland is available here.
Also included is any current public information on Outbreaks in Cobourg and Port Hope. That page does not include information on vaccines – go here for the latest on vaccines.

Links to Reporting Organizations



Cobourg Community Centre is now closed – hopefully will re-open July 5

There are no programs at the CCC except for vaccination clinic.

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 7) for more data.

Updated  1:44 pm  11 June 2021 – Data is from previous day at 11:59 pm.  Not updated Sundays or Holidays so reports on Mondays and after holidays are for 2 or more days.  Information on Vaccines is on a different page – go here.

Northumberland Status (* whole region)

  June 5 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 10 June 11
Confirmed Cases (to date) 926 930 931 931 931 931
Not Resolved (current cases) 10 10 11 9 9 9
Hospitalizations (total to date) 31 31 31 31 31 31
Deaths (to date) 17 17 17 17 17 17
Cases in ICU * 3 4 4 4 4 4
Positivity * 1.50 1.33 1.05 1.05 1.05 1.56
Cases per 100,000 * 26.5 21.7 22.2 19.6 16.4 16.4
First Dose * 74,188 79,517 79,517 79,517 79,517 79,517
2nd Dose *  8,746 11,140 11,140 11,140 11,140 11,140

* Statistic for entire HKPR DHU region. Positivity is 7 day average of positive tests (%) with a 7 day lag. Cases per 100,000 is 7 day average. First and second doses are the quantity administered in the region to date.  Some residents have been vaccinated in locations outside the region so total number of residents vaccinated is higher (~25%).  Dose data updated Mondays. Note that total HKPR Region has a population of approx. 185,000. HKPR DHU Dose info page.

For a graph showing the daily cases and a 7 day rolling average of new cases in NORTHUMBERLAND, go here – includes outbreak info.

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

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

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.

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.

The NHH Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) is open to serve you seven days/week, from 8AM to 4PM. Call to schedule an appointment: 905-377-7783. Walk-in appointments are not available but we are currently booking appointments within 24 to 48 hours of request.

2. Pharmacy 101 on Division St.. next to Beer store – information at their web site here.  Certain people without symptoms. Appointments are required.

NEW – Rapid Testing for $40.  Available at Shoppers Drug.

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, please call ahead and schedule a visit.

Note that those arriving for assessment are asked to enter a trailer parked near the Emergency Department entrance.


Organization Details
Marina UpdateLift-in postponed to June 6, 2021
County Facilities All visitors to County Facilities must wear a mask. 
Hazardous Waste

Seasonal Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depots originally planned for Cobourg and Seymour will not operate in 2021. Instead go to the year-round depots at Brighton and Bewdley Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) for disposal of HHW.

Bewdley CRC: Tuesday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Brighton CRC: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Latest updates here.

Town of Cobourg Most Municipal buildings closed to the public and activities in Public buildings to stop:  Most Municipal buildings closed to the public. Venture 13 programs and classes cancelled. AGN  now closed Victoria Hall will not re-open until well into 2021 although in-person appointments may be made. 
Cobourg Community Centre Now closed – open for Northumberland Vaccination Centre appointments.
Cobourg Transit Reduced Schedule and restrictions added – Details here   Now flat rate of $2 – Masks mandatory on all buses.  On-Demand “trial”  now happening.
Northumberland Hills Hospital  For details on the NHH COVID-19 Visitor Policy, see the COVID-19 Visiting Guidelines section on the NHH website ( ) where a Frequently Asked Question document will also be found. 

 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

County of Northumberland 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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