With over 16,000 clients — many elderly or with physical limitations — the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre had to scramble in the days and weeks after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With six community health centre locations staffed by over 150 physicians, nurses, mental health workers and other support employees, ensuring access to care and regular programming was able to continue, despite safety risks posed by the virus, was challenging, said Rita Taillefer, WECHC’s executive director.
“A lot of our clients are compromised in terms of getting around (due to age or physical limitations),” she said. “So, there was a lot of concern. But the staff I work with, nobody shied away — the physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians, everybody. Everyone