Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 3:29 pm 26 Jan 2022

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.

Update from Dr. Bocking

It’s not clear if we are yet at a plateau of cases – it’s too early to tell.  However, there are positive indicators (see stats below) so we can be optimistic.

New Walk-ins now available to all

Effective immediately, the HKPR DHU is now offering walk-in times to anyone eligible. People can walk in for a COVID-19 vaccine dose from 1 – 4:30 pm on days the Health Unit is running its clinic at the CCC in Cobourg. To be eligible for a booster dose or a fourth dose (if eligible), at least 84 days must have passed since your most recent shot. Anyone under the age of 50 years is asked to continue booking a vaccine appointment on the provincial booking system or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).

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Ontario Restrictions Plan

Starting Jan. 31, a host of indoor settings will be able to reopen to the public with 50 per cent capacity limits, including:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food establishments without dancing.
  • Retailers, including shopping malls.
  • Gyms and non-spectator areas of sports facilities.
  • Movie theatres.
  • Meeting and event spaces.
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions.
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
  • Religious services, rites and ceremonies.

Spectator areas of things like arenas and concert venues will also be open at 50 per cent capacity or up to 500 people, whichever is less, the government said in a news release.

Enhanced proof of vaccination and masking requirements will remain in place.

Moreover, indoor social gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoors gatherings of up to 25 will be permitted. 

Then on Feb. 21, social gathering limits will increase to 25 for indoors and 100 people outdoors. Other planned changes include:

  • Removing capacity on all indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is required. 
  • Allowing spectator capacity of up to 50 per cent at sports, concert and other similar venues. 
  • Limiting capacity in most other indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is not required to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent for remaining “high-risk settings” where proof of vaccination is required, such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in event spaces with dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.

Finally on March 14, according to the government, all capacity limits on indoor spaces will be lifted. Proof of vaccination and masking requirements will continue to remain in place where they already exist.

All capacity limits will also be lifted for religious services, rites and ceremonies, and social gatherings of up to 50 people indoors will be permitted, with no limit for outdoors.

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Government Restrictions from Jan 5 to Jan 31 here

See list below of Outbreaks in Northumberland – Updated

Testing

COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre – Expanded

For patients with worsening symptoms due to COVID-19 and those with influenza-like illness and concerns.

Moved from Trailer outside the Emergency Area to the Ambulatory Care Unit immediately inside the hospital’s main entrance.  It’s expanded with ongoing support from a multidisciplinary team of NHH staff, area primary care providers, and Ontario Health Team of Northumberland partners.

Accessed through the Centre’s existing 1-905-377-7783 phone line, the team will provide support by phone and, as required, in person.

Hours of operation are from 8 am to 4 pm. It is recommended that all patients call 905-377-7783 for assessment prior to arriving on site. Walk-in patients will be accepted. Enter via the main front entrance during the hours noted above. In all urgent situations, patients are encouraged to call 911 or go directly to the nearest Emergency Department.

All patients accessing the Centre will be required to don a mask. Masks will be provided on entry. Food and drink will be strictly prohibited. The COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre wait area has been designated a ‘quiet area’ to minimize talking/interaction and, with it, risk of close contact. Physical distancing measures will be maintained with support from the NHH Screeners who support the hospital team at the main front entrance to the hospital/Centre.

Northumberland Hills Hospital

Effective Thursday, January 6th, Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) will be temporarily postponing all non-urgent procedures, including: elective surgeries, non-urgent Diagnostic Imaging procedures and non-urgent Ambulatory Care clinic activities.

The NHH Emergency Department  continues to operate as normal The NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre, which recently adjusted testing guidelines per provincial direction to ensure focus on the most vulnerable in highest-risk settings, continues to provide service seven days/week with support from Ontario Health Team of Northumberland partners. All urgent care, including cancer care and dialysis, will continue to be provided. Mental Health programming will shift to virtual, wherever possible. There will be no impact to patients currently admitted to hospital.

NHH staff and area providers are now in the process of contacting elective/non-urgent patients and families impacted by the ramp-down. If you do not receive a call, please assume your procedure or service will continue as planned.

The ramp-down is expected to last until at least January 26. NHH will provide an update through its communication channels closer to that date and patients will be contacted directly when their procedures have been rescheduled.

NHH has also initiated further visitor restrictions in an effort to minimize risk from the highly infectious Omicron variant. The following are permitted at this time:

  • one birth partner per NHH obstetrical patient
  • family/loved ones of non-COVID-positive patients at imminent end-of-life (care team to advise)
  • essential caregivers to children coming to the hospital for care (children = 18 and under)
  • essential caregivers for those with cognitive impairments – outpatient settings only (Emergency Department visits, Diagnostic Imaging, etc.)

All must successfully answer the screening questions and agree to comply with any personal protective equipment requirements. COVID-positive patients continue to be limited to virtual visiting only.
For the latest information on COVID-19, including links to related resources, please see the COVID section on the hospital’s website, nhh.ca/covid-19

Provincial Rule for testing as of Dec 31

To be eligible for a publicly funded PCR test, you must be 1) a high-risk individual with symptoms or 2) at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes hospital patients and staff, people who live, work or provide care at long-term care or other congregate settings, and people from or who work in Indigenous communities. Members of the public with symptoms of COVID-19 who don’t meet the new eligibility criteria should assume they are infected and follow the new self-isolation guidelines.

In addition, most people who test positive on a rapid antigen test are longer be required to confirm their diagnosis with a PCR test or a molecular test.

Asymptomatic testing will also be discontinued, except in the case of outbreaks or high-risk settings.

Isolation Guidelines

Vaccinated people and children under the age of 12 who are sick with COVID-19 will only be required to self-isolate for a minimum of five days following the date when their symptoms started, instead of 10. Their household contacts will also be required to isolate alongside them.

If, after five days, their symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours they can end the isolation period.

Vaccination Clinic Location, Dates, Times

To book a vaccination go here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900

For Cobourg, the location is the CCC at the following dates from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm 

  • January to February 3 – 7 days each week – appointments are available in provincial system.  If you cannot get an appointment, try again since new ones become available from time to time.

The system is live and can be accessed by visiting https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 Details of other clinics here.

Walk-ins are now available from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Eligible residents can also check with their primary health care provider or local pharmacy to check and see if they are providing third doses of vaccine.

For more details about the third dose eligibility, the Health Unit’s mass immunization clinics or the provincial booking system, visit www.hkpr.on.ca

To book appointments at the Ontario Covid-19 Portal  Go here.  

HKPR DHU page with info about third Booster shots.

Download Proof of vaccination

The enhanced vaccine certificates are now available for all vaccinated Ontarians to download.

You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you.

The QR code on these can be scanned with an app available on the Apple and Android App stores (Verify Ontario).

Click here.

For Merchants

If you want to check if someone’s vaccination is valid and they have the QR code, then download “Verify Ontario” from Apple or Android play store.  Note that QR code does not always work – hopefully printed record will suffice.

Go to Town of Cobourg page on this subject here.

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

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

Updated 3:29 pm 26 Jan 2022 – Data is from previous day at 11:59 pm.  Now updated Mondays thru Fridays (excluding Holidays). When there is a gap in data because of holidays or weekends, the number of cases (as shown in Trend graph below) is estimated using interpolation. 

  18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 24 Jan 25 Jan 26 Jan
Confirmed Cases (to date) (N’land) 2473 2497 2545 2527 2654 2678 2729
Active Cases (Not Resolved) (N’land) 364 160 165 164 139 137 150
Cases in Hospital 18 19 19 21 24 22 20
Cases in ICU 5 7 8 9 10 9 10
Test Positivity 13.74 13.26 12.35 11.85 12.43 12.14 12.54
Cases per 100,000 266.8 254.8 254.8 252.7 246.4 251.1 270.0
Active Outbreaks (N’land) 14 13 12 12 12 10 10

Number of cases is based on test results from high risk settings so the number shown is lower than actual.  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. If you want to know who has received doses, go to HKPR DHU Dose info page.

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

Trend

Note that the graph previously provided here no longer provides the whole picture since it only indicates results of PCR tests.  With Omicron, many cases do not have PCR testing and are not visible to the Regional Health Unit.  Look instead at the number of Outbreaks, test positivity, the number of cases in Hospital and in the ICU.

New.  Overall, data suggest that we are at a plateau – not good but not getting worse.

Community Active Outbreaks in Northumberland – date is “date declared an outbreak” – updated 26 Jan – Outbreaks declared over are omitted.

  • Rosewood Estates – Retirement Home – Jan 24, 2022
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital – 2A Medical Unit – Jan 22, 2022
  • Extendicare Port Hope, Sylvan Unit, LTCH, Port Hope – Jan 19, 2022
  • Transition House, Shelter, Cobourg  – Jan 17, 2022
  • Extendicare Cobourg, Birch Unit, LTCH, Cobourg – Jan 11, 2022
  • Community Living, 6266 County Rd 50, Campbellford, Group Home – Jan 11, 2022
  • Christian Horizons 11 Parkwood Dr, Group Home, Cobourg – Jan 5, 2022
  • Regency Long Term Care Home, LTCH, Port Hope – Jan 4, 2022
  • Golden Plough Lodge LTCH, Cobourg – Dec 26, 2021
  • Warkworth Institution, Correctional Centre – Dec 21, 2021

 Details at this HKPR page

Notice: The HKPR DHU will no longer declare COVID outbreaks in community settings ( e.g. hockey team, restaurant). Outbreaks will continue to be declared in high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, group homes, childcare centres, hospitals and other settings where there is a risk of ongoing exposure.

School Board Notifications

Cobourg Status

Changes to Municipal Services and Programs include:

The Cobourg Community Centre is a recreational facility that will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. until January 26, 2022. The Mass Vaccination Clinic operating out of the centre’s gymnasium will still be operational and is open to those who have booked a vaccination or booster appointment.

The Rotary Harbourfront Outdoor Skating Rink is an amenity that will remain open to the community. All those utilizing the rink must where a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible. For those gathering around the rink itself please abide by the reduced social gathering limits of 10 people outdoors.

The Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre is a meeting and event space facility that will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. until January 26, 2022. Tenants and members of the facility are still able to access the facility however meeting and event spaces will no longer be available for public bookings.

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

In general, all locations will require visitors to wear a mask when indoors.  All restaurants (now closed for dining in) and many other places require proof of fully vaccinated plus ID.  Per above, most places are limited to 50% of their capacity.

Cobourg Library

Starting Monday, January 3, in-person service will not be available at the library. Instead, it will be open for curb side service at all 3 of our library branch locations.

Victoria Hall (55 King Street West)

The Public must make an appointment to visit Victoria Hall.  Many employees are now once again working from home.  The Art Gallery is closed until 1 Feb 2022.

Sports Status

See the individual web sites for each organization. There is a list here (along with other Cobourg Clubs).

Since the CCC is closed until January 26 (except for vaccination clinic), there will be no Hockey and no Cougar’s games, until then.

HKPR Health Unit (covers Cobourg)

 

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