Tsehum Harbour Massage is committed to keeping our clients and staff safe and healthy now, as always, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) as well as other viruses that may be circulating in our communities.
March 17, 2020
We hope this finds you well in these unfamiliar and stressful times.
In an effort to help “flatten the curve” on the rate of transmission and infection of COVID-19 and as recommended by Health Canada we have decided to temporarily suspend all massage treatments in order to comply with the 1.5-2 meter social distancing.
That means that all appointments effective March 19 until March 31, 2020 will be rescheduled or cancelled. We will do this online and you should receive a cancellation email. We will be doing our best to accommodate rescheduling when we are able. You can reschedule yourselves and book future appointments at www.thm.janeapp.com
We recognize that while we are not deemed essential services many of our patients have acute conditions, experience severe or significant disabling pain, are post surgical or post acute trauma and have mental health conditions that could be escalating. Access to medical professionals and continued care via a health care network is important. Please consult with your Physician’s office for options available to you.
These may include:
-TeleHealth- there are a few options and this is a pay for service option but Doctors of BC (www.doctorsofbc.ca ) have a Statement on their website:
‘To reduce the risk of disease spread by keeping people at home and out of doctors’ offices, and to enable patients to receive the necessary services, the BC government and Doctors of BC have agreed to billing changes that allow telehealth fees to be used when the service is rendered over the telephone. This includes services for all patients including COVID-19 patients. Consultations, office visits, and non-procedural interventions where there is no telehealth fee may be claimed under the face-to-face fee with a claim note record that the service was provided via video technology or telephone are payable by MSP.’
-Some clinics are offering Professional services and options via teleconferencing and videoconferencing (via Zoom etc). These include Naturopaths, Chiropractors, some Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, Dietary and Wellness Consultants. Some insurance companies have approved these treatments but do check with your Provider and each practitioner regarding your coverage.
- Vancouver Island Crisis Society www.vicrisis.ca 1-888-494-3888 for mental health needs
- Seniors Support Network- www.icmha.ca 1-888-494-3888 for seniors resources
-Call Clinic : 250-655-1450. Someone will be monitoring messages and emails regularly and may be able to offer advice and referrals within our scope and networks. These may include stretching, strengthening exercises, postural and movement adaptations, home hydrotherapy options, taping, breathing exercises, self massage techniques and external reputable resources.
-Call Healthlink 811 if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Alternatively, there is an Online Self Assessment tool created by the BC Government found here www.covid19.thrive.health
We will be reevaluating the situation daily and will keep you informed by updating our website with necessary or relevant changes. As part of our valued community we truly believe we are in this together! If you are isolated or susceptible to infection (immune compromised) and are in need of groceries or supplies etc. please reach out to us and we may be able to provide assistance.
Stay tuned! Stay Active! Stay Healthy! Wash hands frequently!
Tsehum Harbour Massage Therapy
Jan, Andrea, Michelle, Amy
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) advises that the overall risk to Canadians from COVID-19 is low, and the best protection is to take the same precautions as you would during cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoid others who are unwell; and stay home when you are sick.
Additional Information on COVID-19:
What is coronavirus?
● Coronavirus is a new respiratory disease that was first detected in China and has now spread world-wide. The specific disease has been named Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
How is the COVID-19 Spread?
● The virus spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets among those in close contact. Close contact includes being within 6 feet of an individual for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
● The following symptoms appear within 2-14 days after exposure:
○ Shortness of breath
● The majority of patients display mild symptoms. However, 16% of infected individuals display serious illness. Older adults and individuals with comorbidities are at the most risk for serious illness.
What to do if you suspect that someone has COVID-19?
● The individual should wear a face mask.
● If the individual shows mild symptoms of COVID-19, they should isolate themselves at home for 14 days and contact a medical provider.
● If the illness worsens, the individual should be seen by a medical physician.
How to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
No vaccine exists for the virus. The best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue, then dispose of the tissue. Wash your hands with soap and water afterward.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using clorox wipes or another household cleaner.
● Face masks should be used by individuals that show symptoms of COVID-19. Face masks are not recommended for people that are well.
● Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20-30 seconds after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose or sneezing.
For more information go to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) www.bccdc.ca/COVID-19, which offers guidance on COVID-19 that is updated on an ongoing basis and the Public Health Agency of Canada website (PHAC) www.phac-aspc.gc.ca which also has detailed information on COVID-19.