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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Posted: July 9, 2020

Publié le 9 July 2020

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Consult with your employer for organizational protocol regarding COVID-19 and refer to the Ministry resources and links below for the most updated information.

NOTE: Emergency Orders Extended to July 22, 2020

Limiting work locations is still in effect for long-term care and retirement homes. There are no changes from the previous guidance. If you are an RD employed in LTC/RH, you can work in-person at one site, with any additional sites being virtual.Please see Emergency Orders relevant to Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, and the Chief Medical Officer of Health revised Directive #3. See the News Release for details. Reach out anytime at 416-598-1725, Ext. 397 or at practiceadvisor@collegeofdietitians.org

Dietitians May Return to Non-Essential Virtual and In-Person Care with Conditions

Effective immediately, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has amended Directive #2, which allows dietitians to gradually resume, “All deferred and non-essential and elective services”. This refers to both virtual care and in-person visits.
 
What does this mean for a dietitian returning to non-essential and elective services, both in- person and virtually?
 
This directive does not mean that dietitians may return to non-essential in-person practice as they did before the pandemic. The return to non-essential care for both virtual and in-person care is intended to be gradual and with stringent conditions in place to mitigate the spread of disease. You must adjust your practice according to Directive 2 and the Ministry’s COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart, which specify:
  • Wherever feasible, client visits must be conducted virtually. Dietitians are urged to use professional judgement in determining which clients can be treated virtually and, if not feasible, which could be seen in-person.
  • You must have in place strict protocols, as required, around feasibility and risk assessments, infection prevention and control, hazard controls, screening, personal protective equipment, and client scheduling to ensure physical distancing and safe care.
  • Decisions about client visits must be in keeping with the principles set out in Directive #2: Proportionality; Minimizing Harm to Patients; Equity; and Reciprocity.
 What Should Dietitians Know

As you gradually resume non-essential virtual and in-person care, you must adhere to the measures outlined in the documents below. Please read them carefully.

Infection Control


Webinar : COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Regulated Health Professionals June 25, 2020
Other Infection Controle Information


Important College Links


Ministry of Health, Long-Term Care — Emergency Management

​Directives
Guidance & Action Plans Long-Term Care/Retirment Homes Guidance and Policy Testing Guidance Other Guidance Emergency Orders Grant Applications

Webinars & eLearning

 

See Tips on how to deal with personal information when working from home at https://www.ipc.on.ca/newsrelease/ipc-closure-during-covid-19-outbreak/ 

Public Health Ontario

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-00001-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit.

Government of Canada