NS COVID19 UPDATE
Current interim Public Health Measures All workplaces must follow the current Public Health Order, found here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/#health-protection-act-order.
A map and graphic presentation of the case data is now available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data. Testing numbers are updated daily at.
Public Health advising of potential COVID-19 exposures
Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 Read more.
Mental Health and Addictions launches online tool with help from foundations
Mental Health and Addictions has launched another mental health tool for Nova Scotians called
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online). TAO Self-Help is a free and private online resource that is available to all adults in Nova Scotia. It includes interactive activities and videos for people experiencing challenges with mental health or substance use. People have the option to choose topics to explore and go at their own pace. This online tool is made possible, in part, by QEII Foundation donors, including RBC Foundation. Read more. For more information, or to sign up for TAO please visit: taoconnect.org/what_is_tao/ns.
Point of Care Risk Assessment and PPE
Health care providers should be conducting a Point of Care Risk Assessment (PCRA) at each patient encounter to determine what PPE is required, if any. The diagram below outlines this process:
If you answered NO to the above questions, PPE is not required. In these cases:
• Perform hand hygiene
• according to the 4 Moments of Hand Hygiene
• any time you feel your hands may have become contaminated
• You do not need PPE for:
- Charting on the patient record
- Talking to the patient from the doorway of their room (outside of two metres if on droplet precautions)
- Doing vital signs, physical assessments, giving medications, walking with them, if the patient is not on precautions
- Walking around the unit/clinic
If the answer to the PCRA questions was YES, follow instructions for putting on and taking off PPE properly. View video with Dr. Lynn Johnson demonstrating proper procedure.
For more information and resources on point of care risk assessments, appropriate use of PPE and much more, visit NSHA’s COVID-19 Hub at https://covid19hub.nshealth.ca/covid-19.
New online mental health services available
NSHA is offering new online mental health services available without a referral. The pandemic can increase stress and anxiety and it's OK to reach out for help. Check out what's available here. If you encounter staff who are experiencing anxiety or need help coping, referring them to these free online tools may be helpful. Please note: Our outpatient services, Central Intake line and Mental Health Mobile Crisis Teams are also operational and available to support people in their time of need.
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia offering free online peer support
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia online peer support is free, pro-recovery and accessible across the province. No diagnosis or referral is needed. Online chats are offered on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Online group meetings take place Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Family & Friends peer support is also offered. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.eatingdisordersns.ca.
Occupational Health/People Services
NSHA recruits additional workers to support COVID-19
An important part of NSHA’s preparation for COVID-19 is to ensure we have groups of staff trained and prepared to deliver care to Nova Scotians during the pandemic. NSHA has issued open call postings allowing us to seek workers of all types. The postings are open to external people only, and will allow NSHA to hire casual relief employees that can be deployed to support care and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
· Open Call for Nursing (Req ID 61275)
· Open Call for Healthcare (Req ID 62884)
· Open Call for Administrative Professionals (Req ID 62741)
· Open Call for Support (Req ID 62781)
Through our work with Department of Health and Wellness, applicants will be asked their willingness to work in long term care and publicly funded health care entities across Nova Scotia. This will provide us greater flexibility in deploying needed resources across the health system. We encourage all NSHA employees to share the above open call links to as many sources as possible in order to gather applicants and build our pool of workers. Learn more.
Social distancing at work
Staff and physicians who are continuing to work from our facilities should observe social distancing guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 among co-workers.
Active monitoring for symptoms
Healthcare workers should ensure they are practicing active monitoring on a daily basis. This includes taking your temperature twice daily and observing any signs of a fever and/or new or worsening cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion and runny nose. Please find attached a document to help you identify and/or track symptoms you may be experiencing. Some symptoms of COVID-19 are subtle and as such it is important to ensure you are aware of these as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing symptoms DO NOT REPORT TO WORK.Notify your manager and contact the Occupational Health line 1-833-750-0632.
New/Updated guidance documents and resources
NSHA has sent out a link to all the resources that they have shared with NSHA staff. The links are divided by categories for easier ability to locate updates of interest.