Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 1:45 pm  15 April 2021

Important Updates on Vaccines are not on this page  

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

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.

Positivity factor

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. 

Beginning April 8 for four weeks

Stay at Home order

Basically it’s Grey Zone Restrictions plus more 

These are the Grey Zone restrictions

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, and limiting the capacity for outdoor gatherings to a five-person maximum — except for gatherings with members of the same household, or gatherings of members of one household and one other person who lives alone.
  • Limits on in-person shopping: a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and a 25 per cent limit for all other retail including big box stores.
  • No personal care services.
  • No indoor and outdoor dining. Take out, delivery and drive-thru options are allowed.
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness, with very limited exceptions.
  • The closure of day camps.
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of people who can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
  • Gyms, fitness clubs, movie theatres, barbershops, spas, hair salons and other select businesses must close.

Additional restrictions with Stay at Home Order

  • Non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pick-up and delivery. Access to malls are limited to specific purposes such as curbside pick-up. Big-box store retail are also be limited to selling essential items such as groceries, household supplies, pharmacy items and personal care items.
  • Capacity will be limited to 25 and by appointment only at safety supply stores, optical stores, businesses selling motor vehicles, boat and other watercraft, vehicle repair and rental, telecommunications retailers. Garden centres and nurseries can continue to operate with 25 per cent capacity.

Schools and child-care centres will now be closed after the school break – Except where closures have been decided locally – more on schools below – and the planned April break for students and teachers will go ahead as planned. Day camps, however, will be required to close.

According to Dr. Natalie Bocking, The region would be in red zone if  “stay at home order” were not in place.

The Town of Cobourg has a page explaining all this here.

 

Go to the official notification at HKPR DHU Web site.

Hospital Announcement

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.

Full information at NHH here.

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.

Day Care during School Remote Learning period

Northumberland County is working with local child care providers to offer eligible health care and other frontline workers with free targeted Emergency Child Care Services for school-aged children starting April 19, 2021.

During the remote learning period, licensed child care centres and homes serving younger (below school-age) children may remain open, however care for school-aged children, including before and after school programs, will be closed. The Province has established a list essential health care and frontline professions who will be eligible for no-cost emergency child care for school-aged children as of April 19.

A list of approved professions for emergency child care is available on the Province’s website at www.news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/61162/ontario-provides-emergency-child-care-for-critical-frontline-workers.

To apply for Emergency School-Age Child Care starting April 19, 2021, residents are invited to complete an application at Northumberland.ca/ EmergencyChildCare/.

Cobourg Community Centre is now closed – hopefully will re-open early May.

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

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
Not Resolved 78 82 93 99 132 124 119
Resolved 493 501 506 521 524 545 559
Hospitalizations (total to date) 18 18 18 18 18 19 20
Deaths (to date) 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Positivity * 1.40 1.39 1.39 1.39 1.39 1.39 3.10
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Closures/Restrictions/Changes 

Organization Details
County Facilities All visitors to County Facilities must wear a mask. 
Update
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.

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.

 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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