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New Booking Process for the South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centres
South Georgian Bay – For nearly two years, as part of our South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT) efforts to keep our community safe and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgian Bay Family Health Team (GBFHT) has collaborated with our OHT partners to support the daily operations of our local South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centres.
Today, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team is pleased to announce that as part of our efforts to support COVID-19 recovery and primary care, the leadership of the regional COVID-19 Assessment Centres will be transferred from the GBFHT to Canadian Health Labs.
Dr. Harry O’Halloran, Lead Physician of the Georgian Bay Family Health Organization and Co-Chair of the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team, extends a heartfelt “thank you” to the GBFHT and to all the healthcare and community partners who have helped us in delivering this service. He shares that “the drive through COVID-19 Assessment Centres have been a shining example of how a community can collaborate during the most challenging of times. We have great faith that Canadian Health Labs will continue to provide an efficient service, until the longed-for day when it is no longer required!”
COVID-19 testing clinics will continue to be held at the drive-through locations at Wasaga Beach RecPlex and Collingwood Legion. Beginning today, Thursday December 9th, 2021, you can visit our website at www.southgeorgianbayoht.ca/information-testing/ to access the booking instructions.
For a short period, the GBFHT will work closely with Canadian Health Labs to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of service, that will continue to provide prompt access to COVID-19 testing appointments and results, for all residents in the South Georgian Bay. All results will be available on the government portal https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca
Those patients without a heath card will be contacted by CHL with their results. We are pleased to report that we will continue to provide the invaluable COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program for appropriate patients who test positive for COVID-19 to keep them safe and healthy at home.
Seniors Survey First Step in Project Connecting Seniors to Social and Community Supports
Seniors and their caregivers are encouraged to take part in a survey to help inform a project across the county that aims to connect people to resources and supports to combat social isolation and allow them to become or stay involved in their communities in meaningful ways.
Community Connection, a Collingwood-based charity, is overseeing a five-year project, aimed at connecting isolated seniors with social activities and/or volunteer opportunities in their community enabling them to become or stay involved in their community in meaningful ways. The project is guided by a cross-sector leadership table of community members and service providers, including the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT).
Seniors (55+) or their caregivers can access the survey by going to www.simcoesurvey.ca or by calling 705-444-0040 extension 246 to complete it over the phone. The survey will also be distributed through community organization.
A Collaboration between Service Providers in the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team Aims to Reduce the Impact of Poverty
Thanks to a 3-year, $233,742 grant from United Way Simcoe Muskoka, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT) is beginning the work on a collaborative project to expand the community’s ability to more easily connect people who are struggling to meet their basic needs, to the services and supports they need.
“In the first year of the project, we are working on developing a shared technology platform to allow physicians, health care providers and also community service organizations to make electronic referrals to 2-1-1 for people who are impacted by the social determinants of health,” says Pamela Hillier, Executive Director of Community Connection. “Like a physician prescribing medicine, this is social prescribing, a structured way of referring people to the broad range of local, non-clinical services such as food resources, transportation services, income supports or even social activities for those who are alone. With their basic needs supported, people can be more focused on their health and wellbeing. We are so thankful to donors in our communities who support the United Way Simcoe Muskoka, for making this work possible.”
Activity Calendar Connecting Seniors to Local Social Activities and Resources
To celebrate Seniors’ Month in Ontario, the South Georgian Bay Recreation and Social Activities Calendar for Older Adults has just launched. The calendar aims to connect older adults and seniors to local recreation or social activities and resources to enhance social connections in our community. COVID-19 restrictions have taken a significant toll on many, and older adults and seniors are particularly vulnerable to isolation during these unprecedented times. This online resource connects older adults and seniors with others in the community to reduce this isolation and promote health and wellness.
Local Organizations Invited to Add to Activity Calendar for Free
Local organizations are invited to add activities to the South Georgian Bay Recreation and Social Activities Calendar for Older Adults. The calendar connects older adults to local recreation or social activities to enhance social connections in their community.
“What we’re hearing from older adults is that there are so many different organizational websites, each with their activities on them. This makes it overwhelming and difficult for them to figure out what is available in their community,” says Pam Hillier, Executive Director, 211 Community Connection. “We’re asking organizations to come together to make it really easy for older adults to find the activities they’re looking for.”
In a recent survey conducted by 211 Community Connection, to help inform projects across Simcoe County aimed at connecting seniors to resources and supports, almost 80% of survey participants indicated that they are not as socially active as they would like to be. The majority of respondents wanted to see more opportunities for social/entertainment/games (58.7%), education/learning (58.6%), and exercise/sports (52.9%), but 43% felt they didn’t know where to find out about them.
“Posting an activity or resource for older adults on the recreation and social activities calendar is a great way for organizations to get the information out into the community. It’s free, easy to use, and encourages older adults to get involved and active in their community,” says Sherry Teeter, Community Connection Project Lead, Reducing Senior Isolation. “This calendar makes it easy for older adults to find what they’re looking for because they can find a variety of activities happening in their local community both virtually and in-person all in one place.”
‘Greater connectivity for patients’: Collingwood, Wasaga Beach area pegged for Ontario Health Team.
South Georgian Bay has been selected by the province as a region for one of 13 new Ontario Health Teams announced Nov. 18.
The South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team is comprised of health and social-service organizations in Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township.
Area health organizations submit application to become Ontario Health team.
On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT) planning table submitted its full application to the Ministry of Health towards becoming an Ontario Health Team.