Trailer Park used for Isolation Centre

Cobourg Police and the Town of Cobourg have set up trailers in the otherwise closed Trailer park to be used for first-responders who need to be isolated as a result of Corvid-19.  As Chief VandeGraaf puts it: “The Isolation facility will provide a safe place for first responders to isolate and avoid putting their families at risk.”  The trailers are completely self-contained and are stocked with essential items to assist an individual that requires isolation. Fencing will be put up around the perimeter to keep the site private.  The isolation site will be available to first responders including police, firefighter, paramedics, and healthcare professionals, if they need to isolate. 

Isolation Trailers
Isolation Trailers

The trailers were donated by Bob and Amy Verwey, owners of Owasco RV Centre in Clarington.  Chair Dean Pepper, Cobourg Police Service Board said: “The folk there have a well-demonstrated sense of community and were pleased to join us in supporting our front line officers and other emergency personnel across our community. We are stronger together.” 

The Trailers arrived at the park on Tuesday for use as single-use isolation housing and created some interest since the Park is closed to the Public.  Auxiliary Officer Graham Richardson has taken the lead as Logistics Coordinator for the project – the trailers will be operated by Cobourg Police Service in partnership with the Town of Cobourg staff.

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Kyle
17 April 2020 7:38 am

What about the truck drivers, PSW’s, grocery clerks, maintenance personnel, power grid employees etc, etc, etc
Who is having parades and banging pots for them?

Informed
Reply to  Kyle
17 April 2020 9:09 am

Maybe you could start it off and organize something? Did you expect someone else to?

Kyle
Reply to  Informed
17 April 2020 9:30 am

I do not have full time paid media staff working for me.

Informed
Reply to  Kyle
17 April 2020 10:23 am

Well if you are at home im sure you have facebook or LinkedIn and have lots of time. Start a page for your ideas and put the effort in to start some of your ideas. Im sure others have for other agencies.Maybe you can take some pots and pans outside of metro this weekend and start something that will catch on at closing?

Kyle
Reply to  Informed
17 April 2020 11:53 am

My point is that most people facing risk from the virus do so without want or need of personal or public self gratification. Check the statistics….how many virus victims are actually in a hospital? The vast majority Are being cared for by their families who have little or no access to protective gear. The same applies to the workers at long term care and other such places..I don’t see them having parades, social media posts, food and free self quarantine being provided.

Informed
Reply to  Kyle
17 April 2020 12:24 pm

I believe some of the parades were an attempt to raise everyones spirts and some were even for the odd young child that had their party cancelled. Have you ever heard”Dont rain on someone elses parade? Its the duty of businesses and corporations to keep their employees safe whether it is at the trailer park with isolation trailers or putting up plexiglass at the grocery store.

Leweez
Reply to  Informed
17 April 2020 12:30 pm

What if the employer is the town of Cobourg?
Drinking water staff, sewage staff, public works staff?
Just not sexy enough ??

Informed
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 12:39 pm

Dont know…send me a pic😯

Kyle
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 1:17 pm

Exactly

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 1:19 pm

Leweez, their work is essential but, unlike medical workers, store clerks and delivery drivers, they don’t have to be close to the general public so the risk of infection is lower. While giving thanks don’t forget that the lights are still on, your gas furnace works and you have internet.

Leweez
Reply to  Ken Strauss
17 April 2020 1:26 pm

So the town of Cobourg sends these workers home to self isolate? Seems like a double standard to me!!

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 1:34 pm

I assume that the facilities are staffed with a skeleton crew. Yesterday I spoke with a Darlington Nuclear Station worker and they are running with minimal staff to enable distancing. In any case few customers visit the sewerage treatment plant to do their weekly grocery shopping.

Leweez
Reply to  Ken Strauss
17 April 2020 1:50 pm

Actually Ken, having spoke to a sewage operator here in town, he explained to me that it has been reported that covid 19 has been identified as coming into the sewage plants through the waste stream.

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 2:13 pm

See https://www.boston.com/news/health/2020/04/10/new-research-examines-wastewater-to-detect-community-spread-of-covid-19 for a fascinating article on that topic. There are lots of bad things other than COVID in sewage so hopefully he always avoids contact.

Informed
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 4:23 pm

You wanted to lay most of them off 3 weeks ago so why do you care?

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Informed
17 April 2020 4:59 pm

I want to layoff non-essential workers such as those at the closed CCC and marina. Obviously workers such as police, fire, sewage, water, etc are essential. An apology would be good!

Informed
Reply to  Ken Strauss
17 April 2020 5:15 pm

That was directed at Leweez.Sorry

Leweez
Reply to  Informed
17 April 2020 5:45 pm

Wrong, Informed.
I am questioning why Cobourg requires 12 full time firefighters, while Port Hope requires zero.

Informed
Reply to  Leweez
17 April 2020 7:57 pm

What do you think?

Leweez
Reply to  Informed
18 April 2020 3:43 pm

I think Cobourg council is afraid to address this issue, or to at least explain the reasoning for the difference

Informed
Reply to  Leweez
18 April 2020 7:38 pm

Maybe they dont see it as an issue to address?Perhaps Port Hope should question why they dont have more full-time career firefighters. The attrition rate…continual recruiting and training of new recruits must cost a fortune

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Informed
19 April 2020 7:31 am

Attrition, retention, recruiting and training. All four are standard and ongoing in any business or government operation. It makes no difference if the employee base is full-time, part-time or volunteer.

It would be helpful to have a detailed analysis done of the Cobourg and Port Hope departments.

Observer
Reply to  Kyle
17 April 2020 11:22 pm

There have been many articles lauding the truck drivers. I have also read of people starting free food giveaways for the truckers, movements started to ensure they have access to washrooms at delivery sites and stores. PSWs are front line – thought they were included in the thanks – working as a grocery cashier I don’t recall getting much thanks even from my boss for punctual, never miss a shift attendance however I appreciate them and I am sure many others do. Yes for anyone reading other posts of mine I wore many work hats.

Observer
Reply to  Kyle
18 April 2020 10:49 am

Add on – just spoke with another person – they said they have seen news reports thanking the grocery clerks, pharmacies, grocery suppliers, cleaners – on t.v. Even small children have been holding up signs thanking them. Myself I caught all the thanks for the other categories you have mentioned. Where have you been Kyle?

Informed
Reply to  Observer
19 April 2020 4:58 pm

He is mad at the farmers now that visited the Hospital

Kyle
Reply to  Informed
19 April 2020 7:00 pm

Mad? I have been self isolating since the week before the March break. I cancelled my March Break vacation and ate the penalty because I could see the potential of the virus. As I have been asked to do so, I stay home with my family and only interact in the community when we need essentials like food and prescriptions. We try and limit these to over a week between them. During our dealings with “essential” workers we thank them profusely and offer substantial gratuities to those working for minimal salaries. We do not have access to hospital grade masks or hand sanitizers for reasons most people can understand and have to deal with also. We do not take “selfies” and post to social media..We do everything we can to protect our family and our community. This virus has already proven how easily it can be transmitted.. if being upset over people using this terrible situation for staged social media PR, then guilty.

Observer
Reply to  Kyle
19 April 2020 7:42 pm

Saw a birthday party going on in west Cobourg the other day – vehicles lined up all along the street with many attenders. Somehow the photo op with everyone paying attention to self distancing and the farmers parade have little to do with what you describe. The people stay well apart, obey the self distancing and just want to give thanks – what is wrong with that? How are you giving gratutities to people if you aren’t in contact? Ever heard of an “unsung hero” Kyle – you describe yourself thusly. Perhaps you could better expend your efforts protesting the Peterborough Music festival – may give you an outlet.

Kyle
Reply to  Observer
19 April 2020 6:17 pm

Yes, there is recognition in other communities. But in Cobourg quarantine trailers are for self named “front line workers” NOT any “essential” workers who may need them.

E Harvey
16 April 2020 2:02 pm

Great idea to put this is place to help spread of this deadly virus in these brave souls families.
Thank you to all front line workers. 🇨🇦🤗💕

Jorg Neufeld
16 April 2020 8:43 am

Thank-you Grahame

Roger
16 April 2020 8:42 am

Bob and Amy Verwey. Can-Do Canadians.

Elaine
16 April 2020 8:40 am

What a wonderful idea!

Debbie
16 April 2020 8:10 am

What a great idea! Kudos to all involved…..

Informed
15 April 2020 9:31 pm

Proactive thinking and forging partnerships locally(Breakers)and in other communities! Good leadership and strategic planning. Well done!

Audrey
15 April 2020 6:53 pm

A huge thank you to Bob and Amy Verwey!

Nicholas
15 April 2020 6:29 pm

Thanks John for the update and clarification.

Greg H
15 April 2020 3:46 pm

A good idea.
Thank you Owasco