RMTs are advised to read the latest guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Read the March 15, 2020 letter from Dr. Bonnie Henry (PDF).
What this means for RMTs
- RMTs who return from travel outside Canada are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days. This is also referred to as social distancing. It includes daily monitoring of signs and symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing for these 14 days. People who have self-isolated can return to normal activities after 14 days if they have not developed any symptoms.
- To be clear, BC’s Provincial Health Officer has asked health care workers who return from travel outside Canada and are not essential to the delivery of patient care to self-isolate at home for 14 days. CMTBC interprets this to include RMTs, and asks RMTs to consider this request in the context of the Code of Ethics, which provides guidance on ethical issues.
- The office of the Provincial Health Officer must attend to priorities in an ever-changing environment. If RMTs and/or their patients or other citizens need information about COVID-19, they are asked not to call the Provincial Health Officer, but to look for information on the following websites:
CMTBC will continue to update registrants by email and the College website. RMTs are encouraged to update their email contact in the Registrant Portal, and confirm that CMTBC’s emails are arriving in the inbox and not caught by spam filters.
As a health regulatory college, CMTBC will continue to follow the lead set by BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.