By Mike Renzella
The Haldimand Press
DUNNVILLE—Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a revision to Directive 2, outlining a gradual, cautious pathway to the resumption of hospital services delayed by COVID.
The original directive began January 5 as a temporary measure to free up as many hospital resources as possible for the projected influx of patients expected from the fifth wave of the pandemic and the Omicron variant in particular. It paused all non-emergency and non-urgent surgeries, procedures, diagnostic imaging, cancer screening, and scheduled ambulatory care. The new revision allows for hospitals to start resuming these services once their COVID-related patient intake numbers have levelled off or decreased to an acceptable level.
Sharon Moore, President and CEO of Haldimand War Memorial Hospital (HWMH), is feeling optimistic about the road ahead.