Last Updated: 1:45 pm 15 April 2021
Important Updates on Vaccines are not on this page
See also 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.
One key factor to decide on zone is positivity factor: Green: <0.5% Yellow 0.5 to 1.2% Orange 1.3% to 2.4% Red >2.5%. See Northumberland Status table below for latest numbers.
April 9, 5:27 pm
Effective Monday, April 12th, 12:01 AM, Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) will be postponing selected non-urgent procedures, including: elective surgeries, non-urgent Diagnostic Imaging procedures and non-urgent Ambulatory Care activities.
The NHH Emergency Department will continue to operate as normal, including the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre, and all urgent care will continue to be provided. There will be no impact to patients who are currently admitted to hospital.
NHH staff are now in the process of placing calls to elective/non-urgent patients and families impacted by the ramp-down. These calls will continue in the coming days. If you do not receive a call, please assume your procedure or service will continue as planned.
HKPR DHU has an online Q & A
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR DHU) has a way to get your questions about Covid-19 answered although it’s not really that simple.
Called Click & Connect, the system is designed to improve the sharing of information during COVID-19. People can visit www.hkpr.on.ca to submit their COVID-19 questions to HKPRHDU staff. Anyone with commonly asked questions will be provided information and links to additional resources, while those submitting other questions will receive responses directly from HKPRDHU staff.
Note that personal information is requested but a note is included that says that you can submit an anonymous question. But of course if you make your email anonymous, you will never get a response!
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.
Schools – Update
The School board tracks cases here. Currently 19 cases in Cobourg at CCI (letter from Principal here – April 12) and 2 other cases Catholic School Board here. Currently 27 cases at St. Mary’s and outbreak declared. In person classes cancelled at all schools.
Although schools are closed, the source of infections was external to the schools.
Cobourg Community Centre is now closed – hopefully will re-open early May.
There are no programs at the CCC except for vaccination clinic.
Covid-19 Data – in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge
Local cases reported – New as of 14 April
No-Frills Cobourg April 13, 2021 Team member tested positive for COVID-19. The last day the team member worked was on April 3.
Metro Cobourg April 5, 2021 Positive COVID-19 test of an employee. The employee’s last day of work was March 31.
Thanks to a local citizen for the pointer.
Only Northumberland Data is provided here. See the Source data page here (page 1 of 7) for more data.
Updated 1:37 pm 15 April 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)
|Apr 8||Apr 9||Apr 10||Apr 12||Apr 13||Apr 14||Apr 15|
|Confirmed Cases (to date)||583||595||611||632||668||681||690|
|Current High Risk Contacts||212||233||254||263||256||–||–|
|Current Probable Cases||2||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|Hospitalizations (total to date)||18||18||18||18||18||19||20|
|Deaths (to date)||12||12||12||12||12||12||12|
|Cases per * 100,000||56.1||60.9||63.0||68.3||77.3||89.4||81.0|
* Statistic for entire HKPR DHU region. Positivity is 7 day average of positive tests (%) with a 7 day lag. It is a major factor in determining which zone we are in – see “positivity factor” above. Cases per 100,000 is 7 day average. Data for Current High Risk contacts is no longer provided.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
|County Facilities||All visitors to County Facilities must wear a mask.|
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.
|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. See box above for details on openings during shutdown.|
|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. The Concert Hall is expected to be closed for all of 2021.|
|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” coming soon.|
|Northumberland Hills Hospital||For 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. Some elective surgery now taking place.
|Concert Hall at Victoria Hall||Closed and probably closed most of 2021. Concert Hall Booking office also closed.|
|All Entertainment venues||Fire Hall theatre closed. Museums such as Marie Dressler closed. Art Gallery (AGN) is now closed. Rainbow Cinema is closed. More here. Bowling Alley at Mall is closed. Cobourg Loft is closed.|
|Cobourg Library||Hours: Monday + Tues – 12 pm to 6 pm; Wed to Sat – 10 am to 2 pm; Sunday – Closed – No entry into Library.|
|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. Driver’s licences may be renewed online and requirement for test is waived for now.|
See the individual web sites for each organization. There is a list here (along with other Cobourg Clubs).
Other Useful Pages
Caremongering – Volunteers helping others