We hope that you are continuing to stay safe and limit your social interactions as much as possible. This pandemic has really been a long haul for everyone and we understand, especially with summer here, the desire to have some normal access to activities and living. Our numbers are coming down now and if we continue to “do the fundamentals” perhaps we can ward off a fourth wave.
Since our last Bulletin, there have been a number of changes. Now that vaccinations are available and people have received their second “jab” already, there has been some loosening up in the Public Health Orders. In fact, it is sometimes hard to keep up with the changes! The CPM office has received a number of calls and we have done some research into the answers for you.
The COVID-19 Screening Tool has changed. Please click here and begin using this more up to date screening tool.
Travel: Public Health Orders issued on June 11, 2021 addressed self-isolation orders for persons entering Manitoba from other provinces and territories in Canada. Please click here to see the Self-Isolation Order for Persons Entering Manitoba, as authorized under The Public Health Act. As well, the following is the Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba.
Important to note are the exempt persons which includes persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who are not displaying symptoms, health care providers (including physiotherapists in private or public practice) who are not displaying symptoms.
Travel to Manitoba, from outside Canada, is governed by the Federal Quarantine Act which is different from the Manitoba Public Health Orders. Anyone travelling into Canada/ Manitoba from another country, will be required to quarantine for 14 days and also undergo COVID-19 testing before and after arrival in Canada. This applies to healthcare workers as well as clients and the general public.
CPM encourages all registrants to get vaccinated. We have received a number of queries about whether employers can ask for proof of vaccination from employees and whether physiotherapists can ask for proof of vaccination from clients.
In considering whether to require employees to provide proof of vaccination, factors such employment law, employment agreements, health and safety obligations, privacy and human rights related obligations should be considered and it is recommended that legal advice be obtained before any such requirement is implemented. For entities that are trustees as defined in the Personal Health Information Act, the requirements of the Personal Health Information Act respecting the collection of personal health information must be considered.
Lastly, important information is now being released about physiotherapy and Long Haul Covid 19 clients. World Physiotherapy (formerly the World Confederation of Physiotherapists, WCPT) recently released the following about physiotherapy for long haulers. Please click here to view the report.