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COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19


Visitor Information Infection Prevention and Control COVID Frontline Wellness

With thanks to the fantastic efforts by our staff to ensure appropriate PPE and adherence to isolation protocols, we are pleased to share a number of outbreaks and enhanced surveillance have been declared over. While a few units do remain, we are hopeful they will be over soon. At this time, The Sans Souci, Bayview and Beckwith A programs remain in outbreak while Georgianwood and FAP A continue in enhanced surveillance. 

In all cases, patients are reported to be doing well. Patients are remaining on the unit, and in-person visits and day and overnight passes have been suspended. Family members and friends are encouraged to talk with program staff about staying connected through telephone and virtual visiting.

Reminder for visitors
Visitors are still permitted for patients on other programs, and most patients are allowed 2 visitors. 

With the on-going spread of COVID-19 in our communities, eating and drinking is NOT permitted during visits. In consultation with program staff, commercially produced and prepackaged/sealed foods that do not require refrigeration may be brought in for individual patient consumption on the program after the visit.

All visits must be scheduled, indoors and out, at least 72 hours in advance. Visitors to the Horizon Program require screening at the door with negative rapid antigen tests - Horizon patients may have up to 4 visitors indoors and as many as can be accommodated outside given standard visiting practices.

All visitors must attest to COVID-related screening questions posted at all hospital entrances and wear appropriate personal protective equipment regardless of whether the visit takes place indoors or out.

As COVID-19 activity continues to be reported in our communities, we urge you to get vaccinated, including third and fourth doses if eligible, wear a mask, physical distance and continue to be cautious about gathering in large groups. We can help each other and we can help the health care system by doing everything we can to stay healthy and help our loved ones stay healthy.

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.

Masks still required at waypoint

Waypoint is committed to keeping patients, staff, and visitors safe through a continuation of mandatory masking for all staff and visitors within the hospital. Patients are encouraged to wear masks when off the unit and in the community.

Masking helps prevent the most vulnerable patients from contracting COVID-19. It can also prevent transmission of COVID-19 to health-care providers, keeping people healthy and at work.  Masks are available at all Waypoint entrances.


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

Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment is required for everyone at the direction of staff, and consists of at minimum a surgical mask. Home-made or external masks are not permitted as we cannot ensure the quality, cleanliness or use of appropriate hygiene practices for these products which, if not done properly, may pose an additional risk to patients and staff. 


Volunteers
Due to COVID 19 all-volunteer programs are temporarily suspended. We are not accepting and/or processing new volunteer applications until volunteer operations resume. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 



COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Dr. Kevin Young shares information on COVID-19 vaccine booster/Moderna hesitancy and Dr. Rob Meeder shares information on vaccinating our kids.


Download Dr. Young's slides
Download Dr. Meeder's slides


Dr. Kevin Young, Medical Director - Integrated Care discusses the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and dispels the myths.


 
Resources

* COVID Frontline 
   Wellness
* Bounceback
* Virtual Mindfulness
   Ambassador Program
* Mental Health and the
   COVID-19 Pandemic
* Togetherall
* Simcoe Muskoka District
   Health Unit
* Public Health Ontario
* Government of Canada
* Mental Health
   Commission of Canada
* World Health
   Organization


What to do if you think you might have COVID-19? 
Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

To book an appointment at the Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
https://outlook.office365.com/
owa/calendar/Covid
[email protected]/
bookings/

Or Call 705-526-7804
Ext. 253
 
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus 
for more information.