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March 17, 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 find informative links below and continue to check these websites regularly 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

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.”

https://physiotherapy.ca/cpas-covid-19-update

Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Health Communications

There are ongoing updates posted on the SHA website. Note that at the time of this communication there are no recommendations to close clinics or postpone outpatient care from the perspective of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, considering the local situation that is within our province. Please see the following links for the latest details from Saskatchewan’s chief medical officer:

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

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/16/further-measures-for-covid-19-march-16

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

 

SPA recommends private clinics consider the above information and use their best judgment with the resources available to determine how to adjust services accordingly.

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