Last Updated: 1:44 pm 19 January 2021
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Update – further 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
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 entertainment – go here for the latest.
Once lockdown is over, hopefully Northumberland reverts to Yellow zone per the following.
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.
|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|
|Hospitalizations (total to date)||8||9||9||8||8||8||8|
|Deaths (to date)||4||4||5||5||5||6||6|
General Information below is superceded by Province Wide Shutdown where applicable.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.
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.
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.
|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|
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
|Churches||No in-person Church services allowed with more than 50 people. Social distancing required.||Until further notice|
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|
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