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March 18, 2020: COVID-19 update

The Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association wishes to assist in keeping you informed at a time when much uncertainty and changes are occurring daily regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consult the informative links below and continue to check these websites frequently for updates.

General Information

Information on COVID-19 targeting health care practitioners is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals.html

Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists (SCPT)

As of March 18, 2020, the SCPT has made the following recommendations:

“Effective immediately, clinics should be limited to having no more than 50 people in their facility, or to operate at half of their capacity, whichever is lesser. Also effective immediately is closure of any portions of a clinic that contain a gym or fitness studio. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

As of March 23, 2020, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will be discontinuing all non-urgent and elective surgeries, procedures and diagnostics. The SCPT is recommending that all private and out-patient physical therapy services follow the recommendations of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and cease offering face to face services to the public prior to March 23, 2020.”

Please see the SCPT website for further updates (www.scpt.org).

Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Health Communications

On March 18, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan, in consultation with the Chief Medical Health Officer, declared a state of emergency in Saskatchewan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. There are ongoing updates posted on the Saskatchewan Government website. Information for health professionals can be found on this site. Please see the following links:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/18/covid-19-state-of-emergency

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Statement on COVID-19

“Based on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial and municipal governments, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association recognizes that, in most outpatient settings, clinics should be closed to respect the social distancing protocols being rolled out across the nation. In support of the recommendations by Public Health authorities to optimize social distancing, we recommend that physiotherapy services in the community only be offered to patients with urgent needs. 

Those whose care and services can be postponed, or can be provided virtually, we strongly recommend doing so until at least after March 30. We recognize that these are exceptional times that require exceptional measures aimed to reduce the spread of the virus and to reduce the demand on the health system.” 

For further updates from CPA, click here: https://physiotherapy.ca/cpas-covid-19-update

Further Information

CPA is hosting FREE webinars to help our profession stay informed. https://physiotherapy.ca/cpa-covid-19-webinar-series

Resources Related to Tele-rehabilitation Services

https://www.alliancept.org/publications/

https://www.scpt.org/document/3571/Practice_Guideline_24_Telerehabilitation.pdf

Please be assured that SPA is continuing to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19. We encourage you to keep up to date as further information is released by the organizations above. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further inquiries.