The virus is not going away anytime soon – cases in Northumberland continue to rise and now Health authorities are setting up more testing locations. McGill University recently did a survey of 28 experts and their average response was that a vaccine would not be available until June 2021 or even the Fall. Meanwhile Trudeau has warned that “Christmas may be in jeopardy”. As of Tuesday this week, there were 48 confirmed cases in Northumberland – up from 46 on Friday. If you meet certain criteria, up till now you could get tested at Northumberland Hills Hospital or Campbellford Hospital but starting November 4, a location in Port Hope will be added. In all cases, an appointment is necessary – call the existing booking line at NHH: 905-377-7783. The Port Hope location is actually just north of Canton at the Port Hope Community Hub (formerly the Canton Municipal Hall) at 5325 County Road 10.
Also, the new location is only for people without symptoms who need a test – e.g. if they plan to visit a long term care home or who need testing before a surgical procedure. Testing there is only available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. See full Press release below for more details.
There are also changes at NHH: the assessment centre is now located in a new self-enclosed trailer that has been set up on the lawn immediately in front of the Emergency Department entrance – see the photo. Test results are available in two days.
We are all hoping for an end to this but some of the news is not good – a British study suggests that immunity may not last long and two shots a year of a vaccine may be needed (See CNBC report in links).
In Cobourg, Victoria Hall continues to be closed to the public with no opening date in sight. This has disrupted Parking and Transit because parking and transit passes are often bought there. But although staff suggested that charges for Downtown parking should resume November 16, Council wanted to support businesses over Christmas so extended free parking to Jan 4 (at least). Director Laurie Wills said that parking passes are available online – and those without a computer can use a library computer. Buses will continue to be free until Victoria Hall is open. Council meetings will continue to be virtual (Zoom) until at least the end of 2020.
One of the more popular pages on Cobourg news Blog is the Covid-19 information page – this attempts to list all the restrictions in Town including the number of Covid-19 cases. It’s updated frequently.
- Covid-19 Information Page for Cobourg Updated regularly
- CNBC Report from UK – immunity levels fall with time.
- Full Press Release from OHTN (Ontario Health Team of Northumberland)
- Latest info on Parking Updated regularly
- Latest info on Transit Updated regularly
Addendum – 29 October 2020 – 9:58 am
A new press release says the following:
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is asking many questions in a newly launched COVID-19 survey (available at www.hkpr.on.ca/covid-19/) that runs from now until early December 2020. The confidential, anonymous survey is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who lives in Haliburton County, Northumberland County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.