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How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19
How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19
Posted on 07/20/2021

How Waypoint is responding to COVID-19


                              Infection Prevention and Control Understanding the COVID-19 virus
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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 June 9, 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* 39
   
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 - 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


NewMoving to Phase 3 Visitation July 21, 2021
Beginning Wednesday, July 21, Waypoint is moving into Phase 3 of visitation which will allow for two (2) visitors at a time for each patient. Visits will continue to be by appointment only and must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance. 

Visitors are subject to the same screening and PPE requirements as staff. Only individually pre-packaged food is able to be brought to the hospital and it cannot be consumed while visitors and patients are together.

To book 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 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. 


Deliveries
Deliveries for patients are permitted and do not require 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
We are working to bring back off-unit Rehabilitation Services where possible and our team has been working with patients to gather their feedback on the types of activities they'd like to participate in.



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.