Community Messages

Sunday, March 29
All day

MAHC Implements Visitor Restrictions

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  (Monday, March 16, 2020, Muskoka, ON) – With an abundance of caution, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) will begin restricting non-essential visitors to both hospitals commencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020. “We are limiting visitors to ensure we protect our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers,” says Terry Shields, Chief Financial Officer and acting CEO. “The COVID-19 situation changes every day and limiting visitors reduces risk to the most vulnerable entrusted to our care.” Exceptions for visiting include special situations (obstetrical patients) and compassionate circumstances (palliative, critical patients). MAHC may need to further restrict visitors to the hospital in the future if community spread of COVID-19 increases in Ontario. Over the past several weeks, MAHC has implemented enhanced screening protocols and infection prevention practices in line with direction from the Ministry of Health and public health. Most recently, entrance monitors have been introduced at the entrances to complete preliminary screening of everyone entering the hospitals. This includes preliminary questions about symptoms and recent travel. “There may be line-ups, so please be patient with the screening questions as we take this precautionary measure to ensure people clean their hands and wear masks when they are sick,” adds Shields. “If someone exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and a travel history to an impacted area, the person would be further assessed in the Emergency Dept. to see if they meet the criteria for testing. Our clinicians are adhering to the guidelines for testing from public health even as they change.” In concert with hospital preparedness, MAHC representatives have been working collaboratively with community health care partners, including Muskoka Paramedic Services, nurse practitioner, and family physicians from the local Family Health Teams, to create capacity in the community for screening and testing so the Emergency Depts. can continue to focus on emergency care. Muskoka awaits approval from Ontario Health to open community assessment/treatment centres in the region – one in Bracebridge and one in Huntsville. At the time of this release, outpatient clinics, appointments and elective surgery continues. This could change in the near future as we continue to evaluate the changing situation in our region and province. Stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation and any changes to hospital services at MAHC at www.mahc.ca/COVID-19/ including more frequently asked questions.

All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  March 17, 2020 Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19 TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families. "We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority." As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.
Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier. "We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We know these measures will affect people's every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. We're working with all partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and community care, to do everything we can to contain this virus and ensure that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario." "Our government is taking an important step to protect Ontarians by declaring a provincial emergency through the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, establishing Ontario's ability to quickly implement and enforce orders in the public interest," said Solicitor General Jones. "Our government will continue to respond to this outbreak by limiting the exposure of individuals to COVID-19 and ensure the health and well-being of all Ontarians." Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
  • $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
  • $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
  • $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
  • $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
  • $50 million for long-term care homes&nb sp;to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
  • $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
  • $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
  • $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.
 

All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

Monday, March 30
All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

All day

MAHC Implements Visitor Restrictions

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  (Monday, March 16, 2020, Muskoka, ON) – With an abundance of caution, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) will begin restricting non-essential visitors to both hospitals commencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020. “We are limiting visitors to ensure we protect our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers,” says Terry Shields, Chief Financial Officer and acting CEO. “The COVID-19 situation changes every day and limiting visitors reduces risk to the most vulnerable entrusted to our care.” Exceptions for visiting include special situations (obstetrical patients) and compassionate circumstances (palliative, critical patients). MAHC may need to further restrict visitors to the hospital in the future if community spread of COVID-19 increases in Ontario. Over the past several weeks, MAHC has implemented enhanced screening protocols and infection prevention practices in line with direction from the Ministry of Health and public health. Most recently, entrance monitors have been introduced at the entrances to complete preliminary screening of everyone entering the hospitals. This includes preliminary questions about symptoms and recent travel. “There may be line-ups, so please be patient with the screening questions as we take this precautionary measure to ensure people clean their hands and wear masks when they are sick,” adds Shields. “If someone exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and a travel history to an impacted area, the person would be further assessed in the Emergency Dept. to see if they meet the criteria for testing. Our clinicians are adhering to the guidelines for testing from public health even as they change.” In concert with hospital preparedness, MAHC representatives have been working collaboratively with community health care partners, including Muskoka Paramedic Services, nurse practitioner, and family physicians from the local Family Health Teams, to create capacity in the community for screening and testing so the Emergency Depts. can continue to focus on emergency care. Muskoka awaits approval from Ontario Health to open community assessment/treatment centres in the region – one in Bracebridge and one in Huntsville. At the time of this release, outpatient clinics, appointments and elective surgery continues. This could change in the near future as we continue to evaluate the changing situation in our region and province. Stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation and any changes to hospital services at MAHC at www.mahc.ca/COVID-19/ including more frequently asked questions.

All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  March 17, 2020 Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19 TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families. "We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority." As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.
Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier. "We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We know these measures will affect people's every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. We're working with all partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and community care, to do everything we can to contain this virus and ensure that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario." "Our government is taking an important step to protect Ontarians by declaring a provincial emergency through the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, establishing Ontario's ability to quickly implement and enforce orders in the public interest," said Solicitor General Jones. "Our government will continue to respond to this outbreak by limiting the exposure of individuals to COVID-19 and ensure the health and well-being of all Ontarians." Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
  • $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
  • $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
  • $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
  • $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
  • $50 million for long-term care homes&nb sp;to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
  • $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
  • $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
  • $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.
 

All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

Tuesday, March 31
All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

All day

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  March 17, 2020 Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19 TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families. "We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority." As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.
Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier. "We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We know these measures will affect people's every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. We're working with all partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and community care, to do everything we can to contain this virus and ensure that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario." "Our government is taking an important step to protect Ontarians by declaring a provincial emergency through the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, establishing Ontario's ability to quickly implement and enforce orders in the public interest," said Solicitor General Jones. "Our government will continue to respond to this outbreak by limiting the exposure of individuals to COVID-19 and ensure the health and well-being of all Ontarians." Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province's response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
  • $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
  • $50 million for more testing and screening through public health, including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
  • $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
  • $25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.
  • $50 million for long-term care homes&nb sp;to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
  • $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as well as additional cleaning costs.
  • $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
  • $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.
 

All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

MAHC Implements Visitor Restrictions

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

  (Monday, March 16, 2020, Muskoka, ON) – With an abundance of caution, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) will begin restricting non-essential visitors to both hospitals commencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020. “We are limiting visitors to ensure we protect our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers,” says Terry Shields, Chief Financial Officer and acting CEO. “The COVID-19 situation changes every day and limiting visitors reduces risk to the most vulnerable entrusted to our care.” Exceptions for visiting include special situations (obstetrical patients) and compassionate circumstances (palliative, critical patients). MAHC may need to further restrict visitors to the hospital in the future if community spread of COVID-19 increases in Ontario. Over the past several weeks, MAHC has implemented enhanced screening protocols and infection prevention practices in line with direction from the Ministry of Health and public health. Most recently, entrance monitors have been introduced at the entrances to complete preliminary screening of everyone entering the hospitals. This includes preliminary questions about symptoms and recent travel. “There may be line-ups, so please be patient with the screening questions as we take this precautionary measure to ensure people clean their hands and wear masks when they are sick,” adds Shields. “If someone exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and a travel history to an impacted area, the person would be further assessed in the Emergency Dept. to see if they meet the criteria for testing. Our clinicians are adhering to the guidelines for testing from public health even as they change.” In concert with hospital preparedness, MAHC representatives have been working collaboratively with community health care partners, including Muskoka Paramedic Services, nurse practitioner, and family physicians from the local Family Health Teams, to create capacity in the community for screening and testing so the Emergency Depts. can continue to focus on emergency care. Muskoka awaits approval from Ontario Health to open community assessment/treatment centres in the region – one in Bracebridge and one in Huntsville. At the time of this release, outpatient clinics, appointments and elective surgery continues. This could change in the near future as we continue to evaluate the changing situation in our region and province. Stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation and any changes to hospital services at MAHC at www.mahc.ca/COVID-19/ including more frequently asked questions.

Wednesday, April 1
All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

Thursday, April 2
All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Friday, April 3
All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

Saturday, April 4
All day

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES SAFETY WARNING - HUNTSVILLE

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

As a precautionary step taken by surrounding Muskoka Municipalities, the Town of Huntsville has issued a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Huntsville is encouraging social distancing and spatial separation by reminding residents to refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized at this time. Park staff are currently assisting with winter operations, and therefore our resources are limited to ensure safe sanitation of park amenities. If you choose to use the playground or park equipment, it is recommended that you wipe down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, followed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. The COVID-19 virus can still survive outdoors on a variety of surfaces in current weather conditions. Manager of Parks and Cemeteries, Colleen MacDonald, reminds residents to practice the following: “Our community parks are still a great way to get outside and exercise. Just make sure to follow Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit’s best practices on how to protect yourself such as maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres, avoid touching your face and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand-washing with soap and water. To help mitigate the spread, please refrain from using park and facility amenities until further notice.” The Town will continue to consult with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit on recommended best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All day

Bracebridge Parks and Open Spaces Safety Warning

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

The Town of Bracebridge is taking further steps in order to protect the public by issuing a safety warning for parks and open spaces effective immediately. In effort to encourage social distancing and spatial separation practices, Town staff are posting signs on playground structures throughout the community advising people to refrain from using these amenities until further notice. Park playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates are not being sanitized. Town staff are currently in winter operations and the Town does not have the staffing resources to ensure park facilities are sanitized. As a reminder to the public, the Town of Bracebridge is advising that if you use the playground equipment, it is recommended to wipe down the equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use, following hand washing when you return home.

All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

Sunday, April 5
All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca

Monday, April 6
All day

Town Of Huntsville Facility Closure

12:00 AM — 11:59 PM

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Effective Tuesday March 17th at noon, the Town of Huntsville will close Town Hall to the public until April 6th to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Town services will continue to be offered online through municipal email addresses or at huntsville.ca and over the phone where possible. Should in-person visits be required, please contact the appropriate department. For full department and staff contact information visit the Contact Us page or call the contact number below for Town Hall Services:
  • General Town Hall – 705 789-1751 opt. 0
  • Property Tax & Finance – 705 789-1751 opt. 2
  • Planning Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 3
  • Building Department – 705 789-1751 opt. 4
For a full list of up-to-date information on Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 visit online at huntsville.ca/covid19. Madill Yard and Fire Halls will continue to operate with no access to the public. Facility closures are a precautionary measure to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Regular handwashing, avoiding non-essential travel, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing are the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health information visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. The Town, District of Muskoka and other Area Municipalities are working together to support residents and communities during COVID-19. For all District of Muskoka and local area municipal program and service impacts visit muskoka.on.ca