Covid-19 has meant that Transition House has been “unable to operate at full capacity while meeting public health guidelines” but the Ford Government is supporting a local move to expand the capacity using space at the Cobourg Collegiate Institute (CCI). This is possible because schools are closed until April 5 and perhaps longer. The temporary shelter is the first of its kind in Ontario and came about because of work by MPP David Piccini coordinating the County, the School board, the HKPR Health unit and Transition House. This follows the closing of the Police Station Comfort centre because of Covid-19 concerns. Bob Sanderson, Warden, Northumberland County said “In this time of uncertainty, residents can be assured that public organizations and community partners continue to work cooperatively together to address local needs, and ensure a robust response against the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
Anne Newman, Executive Director, Transition House said: “The health and safety of our clients and staff is Transition House’s number one priority. The temporary relocation of emergency shelter services to Cobourg Collegiate Institute will enable us to implement the recommended social distancing measures in our operations, and strengthen prevention against COVID-19 in the emergency shelter system. Thanks to a united effort by community partners to make this move possible, Transition House is positioned to maintain our current capacity in providing essential services for the most vulnerable members of our community.”
It’s clear that the key issue in many cases is the need to maintain social distancing – that’s the requirement to stay 2 meters apart from anyone else.
Other Key Covid-19 News
- There are now four confirmed case that have been treated at NHH.
- The Town has declared a state of Emergency.
- People have started to use takeout and pickup of restaurant food a lot more so a list of these is now available (link below).
- Float your Fanny Down the Ganny in Port Hope has been cancelled.
- NHH now limits visitors and volunteers have stopped their work at the hospital.
- Supermarkets are working on making shopping safer.
For more details on these and a lot more, go to the special Covid-19 in Cobourg page.