The last positive case of COVID-19 to be reported locally by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) was on February 9th.

Since then, all 51 cases of the virus that have been reported in Haliburton have been considered resolved by HKPR.

“Zero is good,” HKPR’s Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill said during his weekly briefing, adding for residents to not let their guard down. He notes Haliburton’s lower population as a reason why both the total cases are low. 

Dr. Gemmill noted that in the past two weeks there have been 52 cases of the virus in HKPR’s medical region, which is down from 114 in the previous two weeks. “That’s great news,” he said. Dr. Gemmill added that he believes the lower number over the past 14 days could be a “holdover” from the restrictions that were in place, adding we will have to see if that number holds.

In the Health Unit’s Wednesday update, two new cases were reported, with one in Kawartha Lakes and another in Northumberland. There are currently nine unresolved cases in Kawartha and 15 in Northumberland. 

Since the pandemic began, 538 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Kawartha Lakes and 444 in Northumberland.