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Responding to COVID-19

                      Visitor Information Infection Prevention and Control COVID Frontline Wellness


Effective Oct. 4, 2023, all staff are required to wear a surgical mask when on any clinical program and for staff working in outpatient programs during any patient interaction regardless of duration or proximity. Masks are to be worn at all times when on the unit and when transporting a patient to another area. 

Masks are also required to be worn by any visitor while visiting on a clinical program.

Outbreak Update
In consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, outbreaks were declared on the following: 
*There are no outbreaks at the hospital at this time
Visits are suspended on programs in outbreak. Please contact the program to arrange a virtual visit. 

Guiding Principles for Visitors

 * While in general, visits do not need to be pre-arranged, it is recommended to contact the program
    social worker to let them know of the visit. Without prior visit arrangements, the visit may
    be delayed and/or may not be able to occur.
 * In general, visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily throughout Waypoint. Visiting hours
    may vary on different programs. Visitors should contact the program they are planning to visit to
    confirm specific visiting hours (where applicable), as there are activities and programs occurring 
    throughout the day that patients may choose to attend.
 * Patients are allowed up to four (4) visitors at one time. Special arrangements to have more visitors
    may be made in advance with appropriate staff.
 * No more than four (4) visitors are allowed on the program at one time. 
 * Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell. 
 * Homemade and/or cultural foods are permitted and all food for patient consumption must be
    consumed during the visit. Waypoint is not able to accommodate the storage and/or handling of
    leftovers and these must be taken home by the visitor. 

For more information on visiting, please contact the hospital at 705.549.3181 or 1.877.341.4729 and speak a member of the care team. You may also visit our 
Visitor Page for more information.

Screening for illness
Everyone must self-screen before entering the building. Staff must self-screen daily at the beginning of their shift - by entering the building you are attesting that you have self-screened.

Screening questions:
* Do you have any of the following four (4) symptoms not related to known allergies or other
   chronic conditions: fever and/or chills, cough, shortness of breath, decrease or loss of taste or smell?
* Two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms: runny nose/nasal congestion,
   headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches/joint pain, nausea/vomiting
   and/or diarrhea?

Click here for a poster of the Screening Protocol.

Visitor Vaccination Requirements
Proof of vaccination for visitors is no longer required.