COVID-19 Updates

Provincial Declaration of Emergency & Stay-at-Home Order

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Province has declared an emergency and a Stay-At-Home order is in effect as of April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.  This order has been introduced to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives as the Province combats the third wave of COVID-19. On April 16, 2021, the Province announced an extension of the State of Emergency and the Stay-at-Home order by an additional two weeks, now remaining in place for a total of six weeks.

Provincewide COVID-19 restrictions currently in place 

  • Indoor and outdoor private gatherings restricted to members of the same household (individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household) 
  • Indoor and outdoor dining prohibited (take-away services permitted)
  • Closure of personal care services (hair and nail salons, spas) and sports and recreational fitness facilities 
  • Reduced capacity at retail stores
  • Capacity for wedding and funeral services and religious gatherings limited to 10 people
  • Limiting non-essential travel between provinces
  • Closure of golf courses 
  • Limiting non-essential construction

The Province has also announced that elementary and secondary schools will transition to online learning as of April 19, and day care for school-aged children will be closed at that time. Learn more about Emergency Child Care for essential workers.  

COVID-19 Vaccination and Case Counts

As the supply of COVID-19 vaccine continues to flow into Ontario, vaccination is rolling out in Northumberland according to the Province's prioritization framework.

Current status

COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been set up at the Cobourg Community Centre and the Trent Hills Emergency Services Base in Campbellford to serve Northumberland residents. An appointment is required to receive a vaccine.                  

Vaccination appointments must be booked online through the provincial booking system at Ontario.ca/BookVaccine or by phone at 1-888-999-6488. Provincial eligibility requirements apply. Find out if you are eligible to book an appointment at this time. 

Please note: Not all local clinic dates, times and locations have yet been loaded into the provincial booking system. Additional clinic appointments will be added to the provincial system in the coming days, and will continue to be added over the coming weeks, pending vaccine availability. Please continue to check the provincial system to book an appointment as additional clinic locations and dates become available.  

Next steps

The Health Unit will maintain the two local vaccination clinics for the next six months, opening appointments to eligible priority groups in step with the Province’s phased distribution plan and as supply permits. As vaccination of  a priority group is completed, the Health Unit will begin accepting appointments from additional priority groups. The vaccine will be available to all residents in due course over the coming months, 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

What steps is Northumberland County taking?

The health and wellbeing of residents and staff continues to be Northumberland County’s highest priority. Based on current sufficient capacity to meet community needs and maintain critical systems, Northumberland County has not declared a State of Emergency in Northumberland at this time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Northumberland County is collaborating and sharing information and resources with community partners and implementing appropriate response measures across our operations.

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