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Notice

As of Friday, March 20, the 120 Maryland St. office is closed however we continue to operate with all staff working from home. We will be answering emails and will be monitoring the phone. If you call the office, please leave your email address as this may be the most efficient way to be back in touch with you.

Please be advised we will not be monitoring calls and emails on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in observance of Canada Day.  

A Message from COTM Executive Director

Greetings COTM Members,

There is a great deal of information in the media about the lessening of the orders for closures due to COVID-19.  We wanted to be sure that you are accessing the most up-to-date information about how to proceed if your services have been limited over this past month. This will be especially relevant for those in independent practice.

We have posted a memo on the COTM COVID-19 webpage (https://cotm.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-update )  entitled The New Normal, directed to health workers from Lanette Siragusa, Chief Nursing Officer, and Dr. Perry Gray, Chief Medical Officer for Shared Health. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-memo-the-new-normal.pdf

We also wanted to urge you to attend to the updated information about Home Visits and about Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – these documents are dynamic sources of guidance and we hope that you will continue to go to the Shared Health site for the most current directives and resources.

Some regulators in other jurisdictions have been asked to provide specific guidelines to their members related to COVID-19 precautions and opening to clients.  This is not the approach the Manitoba Government or Shared Health is taking - so we continue to urge you to use the guidance that these entities are providing.

We do want to share one key piece of direction we did receive from Dr. Roussin and Ms. Siragusa related to PPE which is a significant issue for all health providers in the community:
“Assistance through the Supply Chain portal SCMCOMMANDINTAKE@SHAREDHEALTHMB.CA may be available to those providers who are unable to source PPE from elsewhere but it should be noted that PPE distribution is being managed according to risk and priority levels set out in the Provincial PPE Planning and Guidance Framework available at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-provincial-ppe-framework-guidance.pdf.”

Thanks to all of you, we are through our annual renewal without the anticipated disruptions and challenges of COVID-19.  We were unable to make overarching extensions or fee adjustments; however we were able to work with members on a case-by-case basis.  Thanks to all for your patience; and I want to acknowledge the amazing effort of Carmen Funk, COTM Registration Coordinator, who typically has help from other COTM staff; this was not something that could be coordinated this year as we all work remotely.

As we move into a new month and a new reality for our province, I want to wish you and your families and colleagues continued good health.

Please email your questions to me – I will do my best to provide guidance or direct you to those who can assist you.

Sharon Eadie, O.T. Reg. (MB)
COTM Executive Director