Effective November 19, 2020, new orders and restrictions were announced by the PHO, including orders about mask use.
Non-medical masks must be worn by everyone in all shared indoor settings and workplaces, unless they are in a screened or private work area.
For Dietitians, this means that masks must be worn by both dietitians and patients, within treatment/counseling rooms, unless either or both are physically unable to wear a mask (a medical note or other similar proof is not required and cannot be demanded).
Dr. Henry stressed the importance that all workplaces ensure that their safety plans are up to date, and advised that there will be increased inspections.
Dietitians are reminded that non-essential travel is now restricted across BC, particularly travel outside one’s immediate community. Travel for work purposes is considered essential travel, but may entail additional risk. Dietitians who work in different communities and settings and/or see patients who travel across regions, between provinces, and amongst communities, are required to be vigilant and to include consideration of travel in their screening discussions with patients.
Daily self-assessment with the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is required and in the interests of shared decision-making and patient-centred care, dietitians are encouraged to discuss their self-assessment results with patients, and to request patients’ COVID-19 test results.
The CDBC encourages open, honest discussions with patients about risk, and steps taken by both parties to reduce risk. Dr. Henry observed that the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in sectors that are following safety protocols is very low.
Any questions on the application of these rules to your practice should be directed to the BC Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafeBC. This CDBC update will be added to the CDBC COVID-19 news page.