With only two new COVID-19 cases reported by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit (HKPR) Wednesday, its top doctor is sending out an optimistic message.

One of the new cases is in Haliburton. It puts the local active case count at five.

HKPR’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill says he looks at the virus like “water coming out of a hose.” In the winter, it spreads easier. “It’s like someone turned on the virus hose,” he says. With the stay-at-home order put in place by the province, he says that helps keep the water from spraying all over the place. “We’ve got our thumb over the end (of the hose) and I think those restrictions – which is our thumb over the hose – is doing something,” Gemmill says.

There have been a total of 48 cases of the coronavirus locally with 42 of them marked as resolved by the Health Unit and no deaths.

The only other case reported Wednesday was in Kawartha Lakes. It’s the 414th coronavirus case in the city with 68 listed as active. Northumberland has had 365 cases with 26 marked by HKPR as active.