If you have been following the statistics reported on this site (see links below), you will have noticed that the number of new cases has been declining. Recognising this, the Province has now decided to move the designation of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge region – which includes Northumberland – from Orange to Yellow effective 12:01 am Monday, March 8. This will allow “some easing of controls … including for restaurants: the lifting of the 50-person capacity limit, the ability to stay open longer (to midnight) for in-person dining, and a limit of six people (up from four) being able to sit at the same table. Another change is that personal care services requiring the removal of face coverings can now resume.” Complete details are at the HKPR DHU web site and in the documents in the links below.
- Buffet-style food service
- Oxygen bars
- Camps that provide supervised overnight accommodation for children
- Steam rooms, saunas and bathhouses
- Amusement parks and waterparks
- Night clubs (they can only open for purpose of serving food or beverages to patrons)
- Dancing and table games (cards, etc.) are prohibited.
Dr. Ian Gemmill, Acting local Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR DHU urges people to not let their guard down because the situation could quickly change.
- Peterborough – Red Zone
- Hastings and Prince Edward County – Green Zone
- Durham – Red Zone
He also says that variants of concern have been detected in the area and tend to be more easily spread. He says that they have accounted for approximately one-quarter of all new cases detected in the HKPR DHU region in the last two weeks.
Here is a summary of the most recent information on vaccines.
The Astro-Zeneca vaccine has now been approved and is refrigerator stable. It will likely be used for adults under 60 and at locations without hi-tech freezers such as pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR DHU) has so far received a total of 12,000 doses. All 1700 residents of Long Term Care Homes (LTCHs) have now received their two doses. It’s likely that in future visitors to LTCHs will be required to have been vaccinated – currently they must be tested although some are getting vaccinated.
The Province decides the schedule and who gets supplies of vaccines and they base that on where cases are worst – so zones worse than our yellow would get a higher priority. Since some vaccines need to be used quickly, individuals may be notified to be vaccinated at short notice.
The Ontario Government online booking system (also with phone calls) will be used in our District but is not yet ready to accept bookings from this region. Some other regions are already using it but it’s not yet confirmed that it will be ready for us by March 15. Dr. Gimmell says there will be lots of advertising when vaccines are ready. Don’t call Hospitals looking for an appointment.
The spacing between doses for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is only critical in that they must not be too close. The 16 week gap used in some Provinces is probably a good idea.
Children will not be vaccinated until late summer or fall since there are no vaccines yet approved for children although there are now trials in progress.
In Cobourg, the Cobourg Community Centre CCC will be used as a vaccination centre starting March 15. No further details are available – they will likely be announced early next week. (Watch on Cobourg News Blog’s Vaccination info page plus the News Update box). It’s likely that this will be for seniors over 80 and/or front-line workers – at least initially. When it’s time for adults under 60 to be vaccinated, it will likely be at Pharmacies and Doctors’ offices. There are no published details on this yet.
A lot of people are hungry for information as to when they can get vaccinated but there is no more information available. The best advice is to stay tuned to your favourite news source – or all of them!
Some have been called to make a reservation (e.g. visitors to the Golden Plough) but others will have to wait until they can make a reservation on the upcoming Provincial system.
On Cobourg News Blog
- Covid-19 Status in Cobourg – Updated daily
- Covid-19 – Trend and Outbreaks – Updated daily
- Vaccine Information for Cobourg and Northumberland – Updated as changes occur
- Download Details of Yellow Zone – (pdf at Cobourg News Blog)
- For Comparison – Download details of Orange Zone – (pdf at Cobourg News Blog)
- Covid-19 Northumberland Update 2 – when we got assigned the Green Zone – 24 November 2020
- Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR DHU) Info on Yellow Zone
- CBC News report – includes vaccine status info.