The COVID-19 pandemic is a “crisis” that could last another two years while posing a “risk of catastrophic failure” to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.
So says a report that was to be tabled Oct. 6 at the Norfolk and Haldimand Board of Health.
The report says the pandemic is imposing pressure on the general public that may overwhelm government’s ability to respond in a worst-case scenario.
“We are entering uncharted territory,” says the 22-page document, which was prepared by Marlene Miranda, general manager of health and social services in Norfolk and Haldimand.
“If a second wave occurs, we don’t know the impact (on) mental health, substance (abuse) and other matters. If income supports are removed, the impact on those using substances, priority populations, and our vulnerable residents could have significant ramifications within our communities. If this occurs, the health unit will need to address these outcomes.”