More help is on the way to the best public health doctor in the region.
Two new senior public health doctors will be recruited at a special council meeting on Wednesday evening to help the Region manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
This decision is also a provincial government directive for many parts of Ontario.
Regional President Karen Redman says the decision offers higher-level support to public servants who are essential to the health and safety of the community.
” Doctor [Hsiu-Li] Wang did all of this continuously for several weeks, “said Redman. “We have to be very aware that we are not burning these key people and that they are here for a long time.
“People keep saying it’s a marathon – not a sprint. “
Dr. Ryan Van Meer and Dr. Julie Emili will rotate with Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang – the Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo – in 24-hour teams to help prevent burnout.
The virtual board meeting will also be used to assess the region’s response to the pandemic to date and to communicate with the public.
“We have people who are worried about paying their rent, so these types of services need to be available to the public,” said Redman. “I think social services, even if they are virtual, can help provide peace of mind and rely on the type of support we provide.”
The region will also align with the province and extend the closure of all facilities until at least May 4.