Covid is mostly a problem for seniors – in Cobourg, 65% of Covid Deaths have been for people aged 80 or more and there have been no Covid Deaths for anyone younger than 39. Since Covid statistics were first collected, in Cobourg, there have been 1303 confirmed Covid cases; 53 of these were hospitalized and there have been 12 Covid deaths in Cobourg. Covid cases are now at a steady rate: according to sewage measurements which started in 2022, Covid peaked in April and August in Cobourg. But now there is another problem and it’s primarily with flu like and respiratory diseases amongst young children. In the HKPR Health region, from 28 August to 15 November, 15% of Visits to the Emergency Department have been for “Influenza like Illnesses” and “Respiratory Illnesses”. That’s 481 visits in Cobourg with 40% for children under 10. In the region, there have been 40 cases per week in late October early November and this is twice the normal rate and much earlier in the season. The normal peak is in January through May.
On 17 November, HKPR Medical Officer of Health Dr. Bocking said: “Over the last week, hospital emergency departments in Northumberland County have had 242 visits for respiratory and influenza like illness. This is nearly twice the number of weekly visits that were recorded at the beginning of October. This comes at a time when COVID is very much still with us, and poses a ‘triple threat’, as Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has described it, (that) we cannot ignore.”
The problem seems to be that Covid is continuing at a moderate level and mostly a problem for older folk and held to a less serious level by vaccinations – but now other lung-attacking viruses are hitting children and overloading the Emergency Departments and Doctors’ offices.
What is being done
To help manage the “triple threat”, there is a deluge of information being provided by Hospitals and the Regional Health unit. There is a lot to read, especially for parents of young children. The short version? Keep vaccinations up to date including a flu shot, learn how to treat affected children, wear a mask when indoors in a crowd.
Be sure to click the links below.
Information provided by NHH
- Graphic – Summary of Actions – png image
- Actions Parents can take – by Ontario College of Physicians – pdf
- Information on pain killers for children – pdf
- Media Release by Ontario Health Team Northumberland – pdf
Information from Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit