Last Friday, the Cobourg Community Centre was closed for the weekend with a promise to thoroughly clean and then reopen Monday morning. This was because “facility users (came) into close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19”. While the cleaning and sanitation did happen, the Town’s Emergency Control Group, in consultation with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR DHU), decided to “err on the side of caution and extend the closure of the community centre over the holidays.” Re-opening is now scheduled for January 11, 2021 although this will depend on a reassessment based on the numbers at that time. The Town’s announcement said that “the decision was based on overall community safety with the intent to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within the community”.
So, effective immediately all programming has been cancelled. Anyone who utilized the community centre from Sunday, December 6 through to Friday, December 14, 2020 is encouraged to self-monitor and be cognizant of COVID-19 symptoms, which include:
- fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher),
- cough that’s new or worsening, barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing,
- shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing,
- runny, stuffy or congested nose,
- lost sense of taste or smell,
- pink eye,
- headache that’s unusual or long lasting,
- digestive issues,
- muscle aches, extreme tiredness that is unusual, and
- falling down often.
Information on getting tested is at the Cobourg News Blog special page on Covid-19 here – Look for Covid-19 Testing.
The Town’s announcement finished with:
The Town of Cobourg would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time. The Cobourg Community Centre will safely reopen on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8 a.m. pending current case counts and where our public health region lies within the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
That is, it depends whether we are still in the Yellow Zone.