Although I keep a page on the status of the Covid-19 Virus which is updated several times a day, I know that many don’t go there but instead rely on updates from blog posts. If you do go to that page and look for the “New” and “Update” tags, you won’t need to read most of the rest of this article. For everyone else, you should know that there are many changes happening daily with more restrictions as well as more services. There are also more local cases of Covid-19 and more deaths in the Pinecrest Care home but no deaths yet in Northumberland. The number of cases for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) health Unit is now 64 with 15 of these in Northumberland. The death toll now stands at 13 although none of these are in Northumberland.
Updates since March 30
- The County has recognized that with schools closed, workers performing essential services will often struggle to find suitable day care for their children. They are therefore offering free day-care starting April 6 – you can apply here
- With talk of the crisis lasting months, several major events in Cobourg have been cancelled or rescheduled. The Highland Games have been rescheduled to August 29; the Waterfront Festival has been cancelled, at least as far as Rotary is concerned; and the Rib Fest in August has been cancelled.
- The rules for Cobourg’s Transit busses have been tightened – notably a maximum of 8 on a bus and windows must be open. Details here.
- Although Victoria Hall’s events have all been cancelled, I see that their online box-office is now offline – that is, you can no longer buy tickets for any events that may still be scheduled.
- The DBIA have set up a portal where you can buy gift certificates from Downtown businesses. Go here. A great way to support the stores while they struggle to stay afloat.
- Based on one example (mine) at least some Dentists are only open for emergency work. My routine checkup and cleaning was cancelled.
- The County has announced the closure of all trails and parking areas in the County Forest until further notice. For safety, members of the public are asked not to park on the roadside to access the closed forest.
- Migrant workers are employed in nearby apple orchards and come to Cobourg to shop so you may be interested that they will be exempt from travel restrictions except that they will be subject to a 14 day quarantine.
- It may not be new but it’s not only the Golden Plough that’s saying “No Visitors” but also Legion Village and probably other similar homes – this is especially important given the outbreak at Pinecrest in Bobcaygeon.
If you are looking for a list of take-out and delivery of food – meals or groceries – there is a reasonably complete list on the special page here.
Cogeco’s Mark Rockburn interviewed MPP David Piccini on what the Provincial Government is doing on this crisis. Included (at 7:07) are comments about what was done about returning snowbirds parking their RVs in the Walmart parking lot and not respecting the 14 day quarantine. Here is that video.