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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This article is updated as new information becomes available.

Canada's COVID-19 updates and resources

We recommend using the Government of Canada's COVID-19 website or the Android or iOS apps for getting current and accurate information on the pandemic. These have excellent information, downloads and resources related to self-monitoring, self-isolation, vulnerable populations and how citizens can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Self-assessment

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care.

Launch Self-assessment Tool

Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Use Ontario's vaccine booking tool to check on eligibility and availability of a vaccine and book a vaccination appointment if one is available.

Visit Vaccine Booking Website

Latest Updates

Highlands East to mirror Ontario and remove mask requirements

Published March 10, 2022

Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks and we ask everyone to remain kind, considerate and respectful.

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Province announces end to masking requirements

Published March 9, 2022

The mandatory masking requirement will be removed for most settings on March 21, 2022 with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings.

Read the press release.

Highlands East offices reopen to the public on Tuesday, February 22

Published February 18, 2022

Appointments will no longer be needed for visits to the Building Department in Gooderham or the Municipal Office in Wilberforce. Residents and visitors are still welcome to make appointments to ensure timely service and allow for social distancing requirements.

Ontario moving to next phase of reopening on February 17

Published February 14, 2022

Improvements in key indicators allowing province to safely ease public health measures sooner.

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Ontario outlines steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures

Published January 20, 2022

In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.

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Highlands East closes offices and recreational facilities

Published January 4, 2022

We have closed the Municipal Office in Wilberforce, the Building Department in Gooderham and our Arena, Community Centres and Curling Club in response to the high transmissibility of the omicron variant of COVID-19. This policy will be reviewed in 21 days.

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Health Unit recommends remote work wherever possible

Published January 4, 2022

Dr. Bocking, HKPR's Medical Officer of Health makes recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus in the workplace.

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Province moves to modified step two of the roadmap to reopen

Published January 3, 2022

Time-limited measures needed to preserve hospital capacity as province continues to accelerate booster dose rollout.

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Ontario updating public health measures and guidance in response to Omicron

Published December 30, 2021

Changes include testing and isolation guidelines, restrictions on large indoor gatherings, fourth doses for long term care residents and a delayed return to class for students.

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HKPR Health Unit urging residents to stay home for Christmas if ill

Published December 24, 2021

Staying home if you are ill is the best gift you can give friends and loved ones this holiday season. If you have COVID symptoms or get a positive result with a rapid antigen test, assume you have the virus and isolate to stop further spread.

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Province extending call to arms to businesses, volunteers and retired health professionals

Published December 22, 2021

Ontario launching online and telephone portals connecting Ontarians and businesses with opportunities to further boost province’s vaccine rollout.

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Ontario takes additional measures to slow the spread as province accelerates booster dose rollout

Published December 17, 2021

Social gatherings are now restricted to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors and many indoor public settings will be operating at 50% reduced capacity including retail venues, bars and restaurants.

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Highlands East to require appointments for Municipal Offices

Published December 17, 2021

In order to address concerns of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant, the Municipality of Highlands East municipal offices will be open to the public by appointment only as of Monday, December 20, 2021. 

In addition, Highlands East will not be accepting any Community Centre bookings until further notice.

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Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

Published September 1, 2021

Province to launch enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Ontario makes COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings

Published August 17, 2021

The province is taking action to increase protection for our most vulnerable, including frail seniors, immunocompromised individuals and young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. This includes making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in high-risk settings, pausing the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen and providing third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable populations. The government is also expanding eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to children born in 2009 or earlier.

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Previous Updates

Local Updates

For updates made between March 2020 and August 2021 please view our Archived Local COVID-19 Information.

Provincial Updates

For updates made between March 2020 and August 2021 please view our Archived Provincial COVID-19 Information.

National Updates

For updates made between March 2020 and August 2021 please view our Archived National COVID-19 Information.

Highlands East Media Releases

All media releases are emailed to stakeholders and added to the archive below when they are first published. The content is then made available in an enhanced and accessible format on our COVID-19 News and Notices page.

A list of all current media releases, downloadable in PDF format, can be found below:

For older media releases please contact us.

Haliburton County Updates

Please visit the County of Haliburton's COVID-19 Information page for county-specific news, notices and media releases.