With the number of new cases rising in regions across the province, on January 25, 2021, the Government of Ontario has announced the provincial emergency that was declared on January 12, 2021 has now been extended until February 9, 2021. All orders under the emergency including: Stay-at-Home Order, Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures and Residential Evictions were also extended. Orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 continue to be in force.
While these restrictions do involve the closure of many non-essential businesses, as healthcare facilities, Mind Connections, remains unaffected by these restrictions and remains open for on-line and in-person care.
Of course, we are continuing to operate with enhanced safety protocols in place and are continuing to keep abreast of this on-going and evolving situation to ensure the continued well-being of our clients, our team, and members of the broader community.
WHAT IS MIND CONNECTIONS DOING?
In keeping with the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and other officials,
Mind Connections is following the COTO guidelines for both unregulated and regulated healthcare workers as per directive one and directive two, respectively.
Mind Connections has implemented the following changes to our operational procedures:
- Having all practitioners wear gloves and KN95 or surgical masks and stay 6 feet apart during treatment.
- Screening clients on the phone and in-person before visits.
WHAT ARE WE DOING INDIVIDUALLY?
While it is easy to feel a sense of helplessness in the face of this on-going situation, there are things that we can do to help ourselves and our communities.
Continue Social Distancing:
- Limit non-essential trips and going out in large groups.
- While outside, avoid crowds and maintain a 6 feet distance.
- When distancing is not possible, wear a mask or other face covering.
Continue Practicing Good Hygiene:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not on hands.
- Keep hands away from face (especially your eyes, nose, and mouth).
Continue Boosting Your Immune System:
- Incorporate nutrient-dense foods into your diet, including vegetables, beans, and nuts.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Commit to at least 20 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity exercise per day.
Continue Staying Informed:
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the volume and, at times, conflicting nature of the information that is being disseminated. To avoid becoming overly stressed, try to:
- Pick a set time during the day to catch up on updates (e.g., during breakfast or after dinner).
- Resist scanning the internet outside this designated window.
CONTINUING YOUR CARE VIRTUALLY:
For those clients that are appropriate to receive virtual care our clinicians are opting to provide the care via that platform. We are striving to ensure that our client’s care doesn’t suffer during the pandemic.
As always, and on behalf of all of us at Mind Connections, I want you to know that we are here for you. We’ll have further updates as needed but, in the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy!
Owner/ Director, Mind Connections Inc.