The Grey Bruce Health Unit says it's working with Grey and Bruce counties, as well as Bruce Power to create up to three community recovery centres to ease the burden from the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a release, the Health Unit says the centres are not designed for critical or high-level care, but instead will provide additional patient support.
"This could include non-critical overflow patients who may be returning to long-term care or retirement facilities," a release from the Health Unit explains.
The recovery centres will be set up at the P&H Centre in Hanover, the Davidson Centre in Kincardine and at a third site the Health Unit says will be determined by local need. Each centre will be set-up as a 50-bed facility, but will only be activated if required.
Grey Bruce's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra says in a statement residents should be assured we are well serviced by a strong health care system.
"Setting up these recovery centres is being done out of an abundance of caution, and is one way that the county of Grey and the county of Bruce can be prepared to mitigate the potential negative impacts of the outbreak," Dr. Arra says.
The initiative is being driven by Bruce and Grey counties, supported by public health and being fully funded by a donation from Bruce Power.