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COVID-19

How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19


              Visitor Information COVID-19 Vaccine Information  
              Infection Prevention and Control
COVID Frontline Wellness  

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.

Communications

Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 11, 2022
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 7, 2022
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 6, 2022
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 4, 2022
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - January 2, 2022
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - December 16, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - October 20, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - October 13, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - October 7, 2021

Family and Community COVID-19 Update - October 5, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - August 26, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - June 9, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - April 16, 2021
Family and Community COVID-19 Update - April 8, 2021
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


**NEW** Visitor Information
Effective January 11, 2022, Waypoint will be suspending all general visitors for a two week period. Designated essential visitors/care partners and visitors for palliative patients will be permitted to continue to visit. 

The only exception to this is for the Bayview and Horizon Programs. Due to outbreaks currently on these programs, essential care visits are suspended at this time. Visits for patients who are end-of-life or palliative may continue. This will be re-evaluated in two weeks on January 24, 2022.


Everyone who enters the hospital is screened for illness and provided personal protective equipment, including eye protection, to wear while at the campus. 


A reminder that homemade food and food requiring refrigeration is not permitted in any circumstance, including sent by mail.

For more information on virtual 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. 


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
  * 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 Eye Protection
Masks and eye protection are required for everyone. Only surgical/procedural masks and eye protection 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. 


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, 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:
https://outlook.office365.com/
owa/calendar/Covid
AssessmentCentre@nsfht.ca/
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.