It has been a busy day today. This morning, Premier Pallister announced Phase 1 of “Restoring Safe Services”. Physiotherapy services, as of May 4th, will no longer be limited to only urgent or emergent patients. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and clients.
According to the document:
“Clients must maintain a distance of at least two metres, except when receiving service or for brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders.”
Furthermore, the government provided the following guidelines:
- Staff, patients or people attending with patients must use the self-screening tool before booking an appointment. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
- Employees must stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Staff are given information about physical distancing.
- Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion.
- Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form.
- Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
- Patients and people who may attend with patients are screened by telephone before an appointment is booked and are not given an appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
- People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links – Info Santé.
- Waiting room management strategies must be in place. Strategies should include waiting in car if possible, and physical distancing for those in waiting room. No more than 10 people may gather in common areas.
- Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance/exit for patient and staff use.
- Patients and people attending with patients must sanitize hands upon entry to facility.
- Work/service areas are sanitized after each patient.
- Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
- Magazine racks and toys are removed and play areas in waiting rooms are closed.
- Patients may wear masks when receiving services, where possible.
- Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.
The use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is still required since contact with clients is usually less than 2 metres and for a duration of more than 10 minutes. Using PPE will protect you from droplet spread from a client who may be asymptomatic at the time you see them.
Shared Health also revised some requirements as below:
Please note there have been slight modifications to the PPE Slides for In Home Care/Services (mask) and ERS (addition of dispatch as its own category). Similarly, where distinction is made between COVID-19 Positive and COVID-19 Suspect in the slides, there has been an update related to use of gloves with COVID-19 Positive patients/residents. Updated language is included below.
With COVID-19 Suspect patients/residents Gloves must be applied and changed per Routine Practices and Additional Precautions
With COVID-19 Positive patients/residents, extend use of same gloves, changing only after direct patient contact and/or if soiled or damaged
PPE Procurement Information
CPM has found a source for masks and face shields through a local distributor. The distributor has asked that CPM act as the main contact. The company is offering the following:
- Face shields (that are Health Canada approved but simple). The quantity is limited. Face Shields are $8.00 each plus GST and Provincial tax.
- Masks come in a box of 50 masks and are $55.00 plus GST and Provincial tax. At this time, CPM will limit clinics 2 boxes per order and will let you know if you can order more in the future.
If you are interested, please contact Christie by email at Christie.firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and payment. First come, first served. When the order arrives, you will need to pick up at the CPM office. We will notify you of when you can pick up your order.
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.