Notice to Members
April 3, 2020, 4:15 p.m.
While the month is off to a chilly start, I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine as much as possible.
Here is our update for today:
- Chiropractic care remains limited to urgent, critical and emergency care. The public health order issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health remains in effect. Please review the Notice to Members from March 30, 2020 for all details.
Currently, there is no timeline for the length of this order. We understand that this uncertainty is very difficult to manage. Please know we are monitoring this order and will continue to communicate details as they become available.
- Reminder of public health order related to COVID-19 diagnosis and exposure. As a reminder, here is the public health order issued in Alberta related to COVID-19 diagnosis and exposure:
- Confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis: You are legally required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. The self-isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
- Exhibiting symptoms: You are legally required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, running nose or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. The self-isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
- International travellers and close contacts of confirmed cases: You are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days if you returned from outside Canada after March 12 or are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19. If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during the 14-day isolation, you must self-isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling better, whichever takes longer.
- Advice on complying with public health orders by the law firm MLT Aikins. MLT Aikins published COVID-19: Complying with Alberta's Public Health Orders - What it Means for Individuals and Businesses yesterday, which is an excellent resource for understanding the public health orders and responsibilities associated in upholding these orders.
- Encourage your patients to take care of their mental health. Yesterday we talked about the importance of keeping connected with your patients through check-in calls. Another step you can take is to share information on mental health supports and resources through your communications such as email, your website, and social media. Please feel free to repurpose these resources on mental health and COVID-19.
- Your patients will be there for you, just as you are there for them. We know this is a stressful and uncertain time. However, we want to reassure you that your patients will be there for you when it is possible to return to more typical operations. The ACAC continues to receive daily calls about how much they value their chiropractor and the care they receive. While patients understand the current restrictions, they are eager to return once the public health order is lifted. We hope this provides reassurance and encouragement to you during this unprecedented time.
We hope this information is helpful. Be safe and be healthy, and we’ll connect with you again on Monday.
Dr. Todd Halowski
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
11203 - 70 Street NW
Edmonton, AB, T5B 1T1
P 780.420.0932 | F 780.425.6583