October 2020
New COVID-19 restrictions
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Some regions of Ontario have moved into a modified version of Stage 2 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions close gyms and fitness facilities in these areas for at least 28 days, among other restrictions. If you work in one of these regions, click below to learn about what these changes mean for you.
COVID-19 guidance
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The College would like to remind all kinesiologists of the College's COVID-19 guidance. This guidance was developed following the latest public health requirements, and is designed to keep you and your patients/clients safe. A few general reminders:

  • Conduct active screening of the patient/client at the time of booking and on the day of appointment.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a Health Canada approved sanitizer before and after each patient/client interaction and when putting on and taking off PPE.
  • Clean and disinfect all patient/client contact surfaces after each use.
  • Wear a mask and other appropriate PPE at all times.

As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 and the impacts on practice, email us at info@coko.ca.
COVID-19 IPAC webinar
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This July, Public Health Ontario presented a webinar to regulated health professionals on infection prevention and control (IPAC) in the context of COVID-19. The webinar provides useful reminders and is a must-watch to help you provide safe service to your patients/clients during the pandemic.
New resources from Public Health Ontario
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Public Health Ontario (PHO) has released several new resources for health professionals, which kinesiologists may find useful in their practice setting. Check out these new resources and more information from PHO by clicking below.
The dos and don'ts of providing services virtually
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With the increase in virtual service during the pandemic, the College published a list of dos and don'ts when it comes to providing services virtually. Kinesiologists have certain duties and obligations when providing services virtually, including obtaining informed consent and ensuring invoices reflect that services were provided virtually.
Meet the College's new Practice Advisor!
The College would like to welcome Danielle Lawrence as its new Practice Advisor and Policy Lead. In this newly created role, Danielle will answer practice-specific questions and help in the development of guidance for kinesiologists, among other responsibilities. You can begin contacting Danielle on Monday, October 26 at danielle.lawrence@coko.ca.

Danielle has over 10 years' clinical experience in the hospital and community setting in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Her most recent position was working as an R.Kin in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Inpatient Rehab Program with the University Health Network. In this role she conducted individual exercise therapy sessions for patients living with ABI. She also assisted physiotherapists during the assessment and treatment of patients with ABI. Danielle is completing a Masters in Public Health with a focus in family and community medicine.

Welcome, Danielle!
Special election to Council- District 6
This November, kinesiologists in District 6 will elect a kinesiologist to Council. This special election was called due to a recent resignation from Council. After the call for nominations closed on October 2, the College did not receive any eligible nominations. As a result, the College is issuing another call for nominations. All eligible registrants in District 6 should have received an email with instructions on how to participate in the nomination process.The new deadline to submit nominations is Friday, November 6. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Pestana at ryan.pestana@coko.ca.
Updates to PHIPA
The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) was changed earlier this year. To reflect these changes, the College updated its guide and overview documents on PHIPA. We've highlighted key changes and uploaded the revised documents to our website. Learn more by clicking below.
Important note: Phising emails
The College is aware that other professionals are receiving phishing emails that appear to come from their regulator. These emails encourage the recipient to click links that may result in the theft of personal information or the installation of malware. Please contact the College at info@coko.ca if you receive an email that appears to be suspicious, or that is inconsistent with our usual communications.
Update on College operations
Please note that the College continues to operate a virtual office and will do so until further notice. All meetings continue to be conducted virtually. This decision was made to support public health recommendations and to protect the health and well-being of visitors to the office, staff, and Council and committee members.
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