COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Provincewide Shutdown and second Provincial Emergency 

As of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. EST Ontario has moved into a Provincewide Shutdown. This Shutdown puts in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures designed to help stop the trend of high COVID-19 transmission in communities. During this time, the current provincial COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coding regions) will be paused.

On January 12, 2021, in response to escalating community spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Case Counts

A limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is currently available in Ontario and is being provided to high-risk groups first. Priority is also being given to parts of Ontario with the highest COVID-19 infection rates.

As the supply of COVID-19 vaccine increases throughout 2021, the Ontario government will make the vaccine more widely available, including in Northumberland County. The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is working closely with the Province and local health care partners to ensure a safe rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in this region once available.

For updates about the local roll-out of vaccines (once this information is available), 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 information about the Provincewide Shutdown, 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 is not declaring 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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