Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 3:43 pm  30 September 2020

This page summarizes news about the Covid-19 virus. The page will be dynamic – that is, it will change with the news.  Also, it will not accept comments.  

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As we re-open, you might be interested in what’s happening about entertainmentgo here for the latest.

There is no current declared state of Emergency in Ontario or Cobourg but new Provincial Legislation allows rules to be mandated.

Cobourg is now in Stage 3.  For limits set by the Province, download pdf here 

Summary: Indoor groups limited to 50, outdoor groups limited to 100, both 2 metres apart. Indoor restaurant and store service allowed but people must be 2 metres from others not in their 10 person social circle.  Live show performers must be 2 metres apart except “for the purposes of the performance”. 

Update. For unmonitored and private social gatherings, which include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas, the limits are 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.  This does not apply to events such as cinemas.

For details on the wearing of masks to suit the Stage 3 rules, go to this HKPR DHU page.  See key points here on when mask must be worn.

Update. Masks are now mandatory on 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.

The Beach is now closed and fence has been erected – but it will be open on weekdays (only) from Sept 8 to Oct 14 then fully open after that.   CCC is re-opening in phases – more below.  Playgrounds are open

Details on re-opening in Stages.

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 Data – in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge

Updated  3:43 pm  30 Sept 2020 –   updates are provided Monday to Friday only, and not Holidays.  Data is from previous day at 4:30 pm

  Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Northumberland HKPR DHU
Confirmed Cases 16 181 43 240
Current Probable Cases 0 0 0 0
Current High Risk Contacts 3 7 6 16
Hospitalizations (total to date) 1 11 3 15
Resolved 15 159 40 214
Not Resolved 1 3 2 6
Deaths 0 32 1 33
Current Outbreaks 0 0 0 0

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

Testing at the Hospital is now by appointment only. No “walk ins” accepted.

Access to COVID-19 testing in Ontario 

Local residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre 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.

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 via the Emergency Department entrance, versus the previous entrance. Update on Hospital status including info on testing here.

Closures/Restrictions/Changes 

Note that end dates are often revised. The sources for this data are generally announcements by the organizations.

Organization Details Start/ End date
County Facilities All visitors to County Facilities must wear a mask.  10 July
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.  – News article with details Effective July 13 
Cobourg Beach  Beach open only on weekdays September 8 to October 14 and then fully open.  News item here. Effective Sept 8
Town of Cobourg Most Municipal buildings closed to the public and activities in Public buildings to stop: CCC now re-openingdetails in News item here, Concert Hall programs rescheduled – mostly to 2021, Venture 13 programs and classes cancelled. AGN open, Library now open – hours below.  Victoria Hall may open early October – Council meetings now held in Concert Hall and open to public – contact Brent Larmer first. More here. Until further notice
Town of Cobourg Council Meetings Public and Council Meetings are now accepting an in-person audience.  Council meetings details here. September 14
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
Parking near Waterfront Parking near waterfront reverts to usual fee – pay and display no longer free  Details here. Starts 30 July
Downtown Parking Parking will be free downtown – King Street and nearby. Waterfront parking not free.  Details here. At least to Sept 30
Marina  The boat launch is now open.  Limited transients now accepted
Trailer Park Limited transients now accepted
Cobourg Transit Reduced Schedule and restrictions added – Details here Free to at least Oct 14 – Masks mandatory on all buses
Cobourg Police  Entry to the Police station including washrooms is available starting September 8 subject to wearing a mask and screening for symptoms. Sept 8
Northumberland Hills Hospital  Update In person NHH Visitors now allowed with restrictions. Visitor to identified patient,  1 pm to 5 pm, one at a time, – other restrictions apply. Also 24/7 Emergency Department will allow one visitor per patient. Details here.  NHH volunteers have ceased on-site volunteer duties;  External meetings/special events planned for NHH cancelled (e.g. PACE). Some elective surgery now taking place.  Until further notice
All Bars and Restaurants  Patio service and indoor service is now allowed – new patios still need approval.  More in news item here.  Indoor service requires mask when not seated.
All Entertainment venues Concert Hall at Victoria Hall, Fire Hall theatre,  Museums such as Marie Dressler closed. Victoria Hall Booking Office is closed.  No tickets are available.  Cobourg Loft is open.  AGN is open. Rainbow Cinema is open  More here.
Curling The Curling rink on Furnace Street is now open
All Town/ Community Events Cancelled All events on Town Property (CCC, Victoria Hall, Parks, etc.) subject to special approval.  News item with details here.   – Some events approved with a limit of 100 people (outdoors) and must keep social distancing.  See note above.
 
Lions, Legion and Columbus Centres Like other Venues – also only open with strict social distancing – maximum 50 people at a time.  Updated.  No details available yet Until further notice
Lakefront Utilities  From June 1 to October 31, hydro will be 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour at all times of the day. Up to May 31 it was 10.1. The usual TOU rates are 10.1, 14.4, and 20.8c/KWH depending on the time of day.  Starting November 1, customers can choose to continue with this or use TOU rates  Oct 31
Cobourg YMCA Now open: Child Care, Day Camp, Outdoor Aquatics and Outdoor Group Fitness Programs, Indoor Group Fitness Programs. More at YMCA Web site
LCBO LCBO Elgin st. and Albert St  Tues – Sat  10:00 to 9:00; Sun 11:00 to 6:00  Until further notice
All Stores Many stores now opening with restrictions – masks required and strict social distancing.
Downtown Stores A list of Downtown stores that are open is here 
Cobourg Library Now open Hours: Monday + Tues – 12 pm to 6 pm;  Wed to Sat – 10 am to 2 pm; Sunday – Closed  August 24
DBIA Events  All Downtown events for the rest of 2020 are cancelled.  This includes the Sidewalk sale, Harvest Festival etc. If possible, the Christmas event may be re-instated – TBD. December 2020
Dentists Emergencies only Until further notice
MTO Seniors Drive Tests  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 October 16, 2020.  You can pay tickets online here. Update October 16

Other Closures

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
Golden Plough Lodge Visitors with strict conditions Until further notice
Legion Village Visitors with strict conditions.  Update – currently no visitors due to confirmed case there. Until 2 October
Recycling Centres  Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) in Bewdley, Seymour, and Brighton will reopen to the public on a limited basis by May 1. More here. Bewdley CRC hours now Monday to Saturday – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm  Until further notice
Cornerstone Open but with Covid-19 restrictions in place – Download June Statement for details 

Food Vendors – most are now open for take-out and/or patio service.

Other Affected Organizations 

Organization Impact End date
Churches No in-person Church services allowed with more than 50 people.  Social distancing required. Until further notice
Council and other Meetings The Town and County Councils are now conducting meetings online as are many other organizations. Until further notice
Cobourg Fire  Ceased all public education and fire prevention activities for now. Requests for fire inspections will be reviewed on an individual case basis with any immediate threat to life an inspection will be conducted Until further notice
Cobourg Council – Advisory Committees Online meetings now permitted – some being held as required.  Committee info here.
Northumberland County

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
Rebound  Suspension of all group programs – other programs now by phone 905-372-0007, or by text at 905-269-7165 Until further notice
Post Office 150 countries will no longer have service, list here; Hours were 8 to 5:30 Mon-Fri but will now open 1 hour later and close one hour earlier.  These hours apply to the Queen st location. Until further notice

Sports Status

20 August 2020

Organization Return
to Play
Notes
Northumberland Baseball Yes Practices only
Cobourg Angels Yes Practices only
Cobourg Legion Minor Softball No Season was cancelled
Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club Yes started
Cobourg Dragon Boat and Canoe Club Yes started
Northumberland Soccer No Season was cancelled
Northumberland Minor Lacrosse No Season was cancelled
Cobourg Kodiaks No Season was cancelled
Invado Volleyball Yes  
Northumberland Minor Hockey
Association
Yes Awaiting the CCC to reopen
West Northumberland Girls Hockey
Association
Yes Awaiting the CCC to reopen
Cobourg Cougars Yes Awaiting the CCC to reopen

The CCC will re-open in phases – details here.

HKPR Health Unit (covers Cobourg)

Other Useful Pages

Hospital page

Town of Cobourg Covid-19 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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