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Frequently asked questions

Health questions

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness in humans. Novel coronaviruses are new strains that have not been previously identified in humans, including 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In some cases, this illness can be mild with people having little to no symptoms. In more severe cases, this can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, severe influenza-like illness, kidney failure, and sometimes death.  

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

Health authorities are now encouraging patients with both typical and atypical symptoms of the virus to reach out for advice and, as appropriate, screening. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe. Visit the Province's COVID-19 website for a list of symptoms

What should I do if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19:

What should I do if I have recently returned from travelling, but do not feel sick?

The Government of Canada has (as of March 13, 2020) warned against all international travel. All travellers arriving in Canada from international points are required to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. For the latest information for Ontario residents see the Ontario COVID website. It is believed that it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Self-monitor for symptoms and follow the directions above if you develop symptoms or if you have concerns.


Preventative measures

How does COVID-19 spread?

Coronaviruses are spread spreads by respiratory droplets of an infected person to others with whom they have close contact.

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

Safe and effective vaccines will help protect us against COVID-19. Learn about Ontario’s three-phased plan for first doses. 

There are also everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, including:

  • maintain physical distancing - keep a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) from other people outside of your household, wherever possible.
  • wash hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available). 
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • avoid handshakes
  • Wear a face mask or face covering as directed, especially when physical distancing may be a challenge. Face masks or coverings minimize the spread of infection when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • stay home if sick, and
  • self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if you experience symptoms and/or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19

What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing means limiting the number of people (outside of your household) with whom you come in contact. To do this keep a minimum two-metre (six-foot) distance between yourself and others, and avoid large groups/non-essential trips in the community.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is a strategy used to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to others. Individuals self-isolating must stay home, and avoiding contact with others to help prevent spread of the disease. 

You should self-isolate if you:

  • are in an at-risk group
  • think you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19covid 19 or who has recently returned from travel

This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for critical reasons (like a medical emergency). Where possible, you should try to get what you need:

  • online
  • over the phone
  • from friends, family or neighbours

Your roommates or family you live with should self-isolate too, if they can.

What do I do if I believe I see a community member who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms?

It is important to remember that there are many reasons a person might cough or sneeze. The best thing you can do at this time is protect yourself by getting vaccinated, practicing proper hygiene practices, and following public health guidelines. 


Vaccine roll-out

Vaccination is rolling out in Northumberland as the supply of COVID-19 vaccine continues to flow into Ontario.

Current status


Provincial guidelines for eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine currently include: 

 First Dose
 Ages 12 or older in 2021
 Second Dose

Ages 12 or older in 2021 who:

  • Had their first shot of Moderna/Pfizer 28 days ago or more, OR
  • Had their first shot of AstraZeneca 8 weeks ago or more

How to get a vaccine

All Health Canada approved vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant. Vaccines can be safely mixed for a first and second dose. Learn more.

 Pop-up clinics - no appointment required
  • OHT-N Mobile Vaccine Clinics

The OHT-N Mobile Vaccine Clinic will be hosting two (2) pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics the week of July 11, 2021. No appointment is required for these pop-up clinics. You must be eligible for a vaccine based on latest Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines. Please bring your health card/ID. Vaccines will be administered on a first come, first served basis. New: Fast-track lane for those receiving first doses.

  • Date/Time/Location
    • Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Baltimore Recreation Centre, 23 Community Centre Road, Baltimore, ON, 4pm-8pm (or until supply is distributed)
    • Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Keeler Centre, 80 Division Street, Colborne, ON, 4pm-8pm (or until supply is distributed)
  • Vaccine being administered
    • 12-17 years old: Pfizer
    • All others: Moderna
  • Questions about the vaccine? 
    • On-site medical professionals will be available for one-on-one consultation.
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Clinics

The HKPR District Health Unit is providing first-dose walk-in times at its mass immunization sites in Cobourg and Fenelon Falls. The clinics are open to anyone who is 12 years of age and older and has not received a COVID-19 vaccine. No appointments are needed, but you must live in Haliburton County, Northumberland County or the City of Kawartha Lakes. Learn more.

Did you know: Residents can now add their names to a standby list for COVID-19 vaccine doses that may be available at the end of HKPR’s immunization clinics. Get full details at

 Booking an appointment

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccines can be booked for a mass immunization clinic operated by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) or via a participating pharmacy. Visit for more information about both of these options. 

Please Note: The HKPRDHU cautions that not all of the appointments for vaccination clinics planned across Ontario, including HKPRDHU, have been loaded into the provincial system. Appointments open up as vaccine supply becomes available in the community. If you are trying to book for yourself or a loved one, and local availability is not yet showing in the system, please check back regularly. The vaccine will be available to all residents in due course, and clinics will continue until everyone who wants a vaccine has received it.

For more information

For updates about the local roll-out of vaccines, along with the status of COVID-19 cases in Northumberland and other helpful resources, please visit the HKPR District Health Unit website. For provincial information about COVID-19, including a list of COVID-19 symptoms and the status of cases in the province, please visit Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

Mental health supports 

What services are in place for residents who are feeling overwhelmed, alone, isolated or worried?

Please visit our Community Resources page for a list of available services.

Declarations of Emergency 

Is the Province under a State of Emergency?

With the significant progress in COVID-19 vaccination rates, the Declaration of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order - which came into effect on April 8, 2021 expired on June 2, 2021.

As of Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Ontario has entered Step Two of the provincial three-step Roadmap to Reopen - the Province's plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on the progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators. 

The province will transition to Step Three of the Roadmap at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2021. 

For the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed at each step, please review the regulation.

Has Northumberland County declared a State of Emergency?

Northumberland County has not declared a local state of emergency. 

The County Emergency Control Group—which includes the County Warden, the directors of the organization, and the Community Emergency Management Coordinator—continues to closely monitor the situation and assess continuity of County operations.

A declaration is made when a municipality determines there is insufficient capacity to meet community needs and maintain critical systems. The Control Group has determined there is sufficient current capacity; a declaration is therefore not required at this time. The Control Group continues to evaluate new developments and will consider the need for a declaration of emergency as the situation evolves.

County service updates and facility closures

Are your offices open?

The County headquarters building remains open, while several other facilities are closed to the public to ensure physical distancing. Staff in all areas continue to serve the community and are available by phone and email. Residents are also encouraged to review our list of forms, applications and permits that can be completed online.

Northumberland County continues to take precautions across our operations to prevent the spread of this COVID-19. Our utmost concern is preserving the health and well-being of our residents and staff. Visit our Service Updates and Facility Closures page for more detailed information.

County Council meetings

Are County Council meetings taking place

Yes, County Council meetings continue as scheduled. In order to limit public gatherings as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, these meetings are currently taking place virtually.

Members of the public can follow Council proceedings by watching the live broadcast on our YouTube channel. A recording of these proceedings is also available after the meeting, upon request.

Regularly-scheduled Council meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month. Please check our Council Page for the date and time of the next meeting of County Council, along with call-in details to listen to the meeting by phone. 

Supports for businesses

What supports exist for businesses during COVID-19?

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on Northumberland businesses.

Recognizing the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the business community, the Government of Ontario has announced changes to government programs along with resources and financial relief measures to provide support. Visit the Province's COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario page for more information.

A comprehensive list of business supports is also available at the COVID Supports website.

Locally, the Northumberland Economic Recovery Task Force was convened in May 2020 as an industry-led initiative to support the community through this crisis. As local business owners and leaders, Task Force members are invested in Northumberland’s economic recovery. In collaboration with local government and industry stakeholders, Task Force members developed focused recommendations to help local businesses rebuild. 

Community resources 

With frequent changes to programming and services in our community in response to COVID-19, we have compiled a list to help our residents navigate community resources and supports available during this time. This website is being updated regularly based on our understanding of available resources. For COVID-19 Community Resources visit our Community Resources page.

Helpful resources

Where can I learn more?

For information on practices to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, and for credible sources of information, visit our Symptoms, Testing & Reducing Your Risk page.


 The significant progress in vaccination rates has also enabled the government to allow the provincial declaration of emergency and Stay-at-Home Order to expire on June 2. The province’s emergency brake will remain in effect, with public health measures and restrictions still in place, until the province is ready to enter Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.