How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19
How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19
Posted on 04/13/2021

How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19


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Keeping Patients and Staff Safe
These are extraordinary times and Waypoint is committed to transparency and communication with the community that we serve. We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and taking immediate precautions to ensure that patients and staff are safe and to preserve essential medical supplies and equipment. 

Like all hospitals, Waypoint has extensive and detailed procedures in place for infection prevention and control. These are designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff, the community and those within our care.

Waypoint is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on reporting, surveillance and infection control policies and procedures. Our staff continually monitors and follows the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) recommendations from Public Health as they are updated, including screening and use of personal protective equipment.

Hospital Status as of March 30, 2021
In times of outbreak, this page will be update daily if necessary by 5 p.m.


 
Total number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 21
   
Number of patient deaths with COVID-19 7
   
Number of staff who tested positive for COVID-19* 36
   
Units with a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak  n/a
   
Units where a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak has been declared over Horizon Program
Awenda A & B (forensic)

*includes any contractors who have spent time on-site, students etc.

Outbreak Update

Awenda Program
The Awenda Program outbreak was contained to two patients and one staff testing positive and effective January 23, 2021, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has declared the Awenda Program outbreak to be over. 


Horizon Program

In consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the outbreak on the Horizon Program was declared over on March 3, 2021. 

The outbreak was contained to:  
  * 15 staff
  * 17 patients, seven of whom sadly died


Communications
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - March 4, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - February 24, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - February 8, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - February 3, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - February 1, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 30, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 29, 2021
COVID-19 Family, Community and Partner Update - January 26, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update - January 23, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update - January 11, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update -January 9, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update -January 6, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update -January 5, 2021
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update - December 15, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update - December 9, 2020
Patient and Family COVID-19 Update - December 7, 2020 UPDATED
Patient and Family COVID-19 Update - December 4, 2020 
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—November 3, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—October 28, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—September 16, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—July 24, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—May 5, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Community and Partner Update—March 19, 2020

Additional Precautions to Keep Patients and Staff Safe

Visitors - Restrictions in place
With the announcement of another lockdown across the province, escalating case numbers, and out of an abundance of caution, the hospital has made the difficult decision to restrict visitors once again. This is consistent with our regional partners. Some exceptions will continue to apply for essential care partners and end of life or palliative circumstances. 

We know this is difficult news as we had just opened for limited visits on March 25, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be reviewing it again next week. 

Visiting with loved ones is an important part of recovery and while in-person visits are restricted, our teams are making every effort to facilitate video visits. 


To book a video visit or for more information, 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. 


Infection Control Measures

  * A well-established infection prevention and control team with experience 
     in the successful management of outbreaks
  * Screening everyone for the symptoms of illness
  * Isolating and testing all new admissions
  * Use of virtual technology and telephone for outpatient and community
     visits 

  * Adhering to public health guidelines and recommendations on the use of 
     personal protective equipment, hand hygiene and physical distancing
  * Enhanced housekeeping in all our buildings
  * Creation of a unit dedicated to the care of suspected or positive cases of 
     COVID-19
  * Enabling staff to work from home to reduce traffic in and out of the
     hospital

  * Regular communication with staff, patients, families, stakeholders, 
     partners and donors

Masks and Face Shields
Masks and face shields are required to be worn by everyone at the hospital. Only surgical/procedural masks and face shields provided by the hospital are allowed. 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. 


Deliveries
We are pleased to be accepting deliveries for patients and reintroduce some online deliveries. Deliveries are no longer require a four day quarantine.


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. 


Program Updates
Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders
In an effort to physically distance inpatients, the hospital made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders. We know this has been challenging for people who need these services to get well. The hospital is aware of ongoing alternate level of care (ALC) challenges and other system pressures including access to acute mental health beds.

After reviewing various recommendations by a hospital working group, we were planning to re-establish nine concurrent disorders beds in January 2021. However, as case numbers increase across the province, and hospitals face outbreaks and high occupancy with ICU capacity as high as 115 %, Waypoint is preparing to operationalize surge plans within 48 hours notice from Ontario Health. 

This move has required us to delay the resumption of the Georgianwood concurrent disorders inpatient beds until the concern for hospital capacity is understood. While we are disappointed in this delay, it is necessary to meet the demand of the entire health care system. We will be regularly reassessing this to be able to resume these services as soon as possible.

Rehabilitation Services
As an added safety measure, we are working hard to limit where staff are working. This includes reassigning vocational and recreational staff to individual programs, and we have to temporarily suspend these off unit services. We know this is frustrating for everyone involved, as programs were recently restarted in November, however our staff are providing some on-unit activities with input from the patients as best as they can. Patients have been asked to provide ideas to the staff. Please read full communication here.



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


What to do if you think you might have COVID-19?

If you think you may have COVID-19, please take the province's self-assessment. You will get a recommendation on what to do next.
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

To book an appointment at the Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
http://gbgh.on.ca/midland-covid-19-assessment-centre-now-offers-online-appointment-booking/
Or Call 705-529-1025
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week

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