HHHS restricts visitation, suspends programming
In the wake of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Haliburton Highlands Health Services is requesting that only essential visits are made to its facilities in Minden and Haliburton Village.
“Containment of spread and protection of our community requires a concerted and coordinated effort from all,” reads a March 16 press release from the organization. “HHHS is working with local, regional, and provincial partners to ensure every precautionary step is taken.”
Both its long-term care facilities are closed to non-essential visitors.
“Steps are being taken at both Highland Wood and Hyland Crest Homes to ensure families can better connect virtually to their loved ones,” the release reads. “Activation staff are working to increase the social recreation programming for residents in the homes.”
The acute care unit at the Haliburton facility is also closed to non-essential visitors, and patient screening is being undertaken at both the Minden and Haliburton emergency rooms in order to minimize spread of the virus. Entry points to both buildings have been minimized to ensure that everyone who enters receives screening, and staff in all programs and locations are undertaking self-screening on a daily basis.
Additionally, HHHS is cancelling on-site group programming for the time being, including diabetes self-management workshops; community mental health programs; balanced fitness/fall prevention classes; the adult day program; grief support group; all social recreation drop-in programs; diners' clubs; cancer support group; and any other gatherings of volunteers or community members.
“HHHS community health service providers . . . will be working with their clients to ensure that their needs are met in a safe way through telephone and home visits where indicated and possible. Best evidence at this point is to avoid gatherings of potentially at-risk people,” the release reads.
“HHHS regrets the postponement of these programs, however, the community programs team is actively working across all programs and community partners to ensure those most in need have the support they need at this time,” it states.