Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 7:53 am  28 Sept 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.

Ontario is now in Step 3 of the re-opening plan.  Here are the rules.

Step 3 Overview

  • Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings will be allowed – e.g. Cinemas and Theatres can open at 50% capacity – e.g. the Loft will be allowed 30 people.
  • Gyms/fitness clubs can reopen for indoor use
  • Restaurants can provide in-person dining inside their premises – no limits on capacity other than 2 metre spacing.
  • Capacity limits for businesses and stores will be eased – it’s now whatever is required to maintain 2 metre spacing.
  • Physical distancing rules will still apply
  • Masks/face coverings must continue to be worn inside public places


Step Three focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

[Quoted from Press Release with my clarifications in square brackets]

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing; [with up to 25 people]
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;  [masks except when seated; must record names and contact information except at places like McDonalds where you pay before getting food]
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; [Appointments still required]
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)  [Everyone with masks].
    • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Fully Re-open (well almost)

No date has been announced to go to the next step.   The Province said there will be a “PAUSE”.

Sources: Ontario Government Press ReleaseOfficial Regulations

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.

Links to Reporting Organizations



Cobourg Community Centre is now open.  But not all services are open yet.

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

See the Source data page here (page 1 of 7) for more data.

Updated  7:53 am  28 Sept 2021 – Data is from previous day at 11:59 pm.  Now updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only so some reports are for up to 3 or 4 days.  Information on Vaccines is on a different page – go here.  This includes latest info on Proof of Vaccination. 

  13 Sept 15 Sept 17 Sept 20 Sept 22 Sept 27 Sept
Confirmed Cases (to date) (N’land) 980 984 987 992 994 997
Active Cases (Not Resolved) (N’land) 6 10 8 12 12 4
Cases in ICU * or in Hospital 0 0 1 1 1 4
Positivity 1.19 0.96 1.16 1.80 2.23 1.61
Cases per 100,000 17.5 21.2 19.1 16.4 11.1 14.3
First Dose for 12+ 83.1%     82.8%   84.7%
First Dose for 18+ 83.6%     84.3%   85.1%
2nd Dose for 12+ 77.8%     78.8%   80.0%
2nd Dose for 18+ 78.7%     79.6%   80.7%

Statistics are for entire HKPR DHU region except where indicated. 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 to residents in the region to date – that’s irrespective of which region administered the dose.  Dose data updated Mondays.  HKPR DHU Dose info page. See also Vaccine page for vaccine data.

NEW Vaccination status reports.  That is, an indication as to whether cases had been vaccinated or not or partially.  Updated on Wednesdays.  

Of the 273 confirmed cases reported in the region between July 1 and Sept 27.

  1. 67.0% had not been vaccinated at all – 80% were hospitalized
  2. 13.9% were partially Vaccinated (one dose) – none hospitalized
  3. 13.9% fully vaccinated – none hospitalized
  4. 5.1% not yet protected (within 14 days of shot) – 20% hospitalized

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.

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

See current Testing details below

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 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.

Town closures

In general, all locations will require visitors to wear a mask when indoors and maintain social distancing.

Victoria Hall (55 King Street West)

The Victoria Hall lobby is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10-3 p.m. and will serve as the front desk/reception providing walk-in service (no appointment necessary). Please enter through the main doors and speak to the lobby attendant who will phone the department you require service through.

The Town of Cobourg will require proof of full vaccination and corresponding identification (photo ID) from members of the public aged 12 and older who want to enter the Cobourg Community Centre and the Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Cobourg Community Centre New

All facility users must be fully vaccinated, show proof of vaccination status and identification to:

  • Participate in an organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions.
  • Access the facility for any purpose, including parents or guardians of youth participating in an organized sport.

Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre New

All facility users must be fully vaccinated, show proof of vaccination status and identification to:

  • Access meeting and event spaces and to participate in programs.

For both CCC and Venture 13 New

Those exempt from the proof of vaccination and identification requirement includes:

  • Children 11 years and younger.
  • Individuals with a medical exemption (must provide proof of a doctor’s note issued within the last 30 days).
  • Elementary and high school students participating in programs as part of their school curriculum will be subject to the vaccination requirements of their respective school boards.
  • Workers, coaches, volunteers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons.
  • Anyone entering the facility to use a washroom or make a retail purchase.

Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Receipt New

Residents are encouraged to print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. The Ministry of Health is working on additional supports and services to assist residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt including those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

The Cobourg Public Library is also offering to print up to two (2) vaccine certificates, free of charge, for residents who may not have access to the equipment and technology required to download and print their certificates. Visit the Library during the regular hours of operation for assistance.

Town web site New

The Town of Cobourg has launched a dedicated COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination webpage that includes information, FAQs and important documents. Visit to learn more.

 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

Town of Cobourg – What’s Open

County of Northumberland Information page

Town of Cobourg Emergency Plan (2015)

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