After Tuesday’s 46 reported COVID-19 cases the local health unit is urging the public to remain vigilant.

In her first released statement, the region’s new Medical Officer of Health is encouraging residents to continue following public health recommendations.

Over the past week, staff from the health unit looked into more than 94 new confirmed COVID cases, the bulk of which are in Northumberland County. 

However, additional cases have been confirmed in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

The health unit says many of the latest cases tend to be those younger in age with more than 26 percent of last week’s new cases among youth aged 14 to 18 years.

This finding led the Health Unit to suspend in-person learning at two secondary schools in Cobourg.

As vaccinations continue ramping up in the region, Dr. Bocking is urging people to continue to follow public health recommendations: 

  • Stay home if ill, even if you think the symptoms are caused by allergies.
  • Continue to keep a distance of more than six feet between yourself and others outside of household family members.
  • Wear a mask when out in public, or you are unable to maintain a six feet distance from others when outdoors.
  • Stay home except for essential reasons (groceries, medication, work).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.