Local health unit asking residents’ thoughts on the impact the pandemic has had on family and finances

Online survey is completely anonymous

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is taking the public’s temperature over the local impact of COVID-19.

An online survey has been launched by the SMDHU, designed to learn more about your experiences during the pandemic, good or bad. The results of the survey will be used to help the SMDHU identify issues that need to be addressed.

“We know the pandemic has been very difficult on all residents who have had their freedoms curtailed, their employment and paycheques cut back, been unable to gather with friends and family, and in some cases have had to postpone visits to their healthcare providers or receive the treatment they need,” said the SMDHU’s Dr. Charles Gardner. “We need to hear from our residents so that we can identify where there are gaps or hardships that need to be addressed. That may mean adapting or improving services the health unit offers or advocating to political decision-makers at all levels for changes that address the gaps.”

The online survey does not collect any personal information and is directed at folks within Simcoe and Muskoka over the age of 18.

Questions will touch on changes in income, mental or physical health, the effect school closures have had, loss of food programs or services, and the impact the pandemic may have had on your children’s’ mental and physical health.