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March 28, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Premiers update on emergency care

On Friday, March 27 Premier Jason Kenney issued public health orders that have been implemented on certain businesses and workplace closures to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Albertans are prohibited from accessing close contact personal services and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry.

These orders affirm the direction the ADA&C shared earlier this week.

Members can continue to provide emergency care, and if so, should be providing telephone screening and triage for appropriate management, including pharmacologic management, as per the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment.

We would also like to thank all of our members for being on the front line treating patients. We know this is a high-stress environment with a lot of changes happening over a short period of time.

Your continued dedication to the health and well-being of Albertans is appreciated by the Council and staff of the ADA&C and by the patients that you serve. Thank you

March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Clarity on COVID-19 Consent and Pharmacological Management

It is a dentist’s responsibility to provide initial telephone triage to patients of record. Any “generic” or “broad” message directing patients to hospitals or specialists will be considered by the ADA&C as a possible breach of the Code of Ethics.

Direct Doctor to Doctor referral/consultation is expected.

Any patients identifying an imminently life threatening condition should of course be directed to the emergency department immediately.

It is still the dentist’s responsibility to follow up on patients directly referred to an emergency department.

Clarity on COVID-19 Consent
Members are asking questions about the sentence in the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment:
“The COVID-19 Patient Consent and COVID-19 Staff Consent forms must be filled out for each visit.”

The intent is to ensure members receive specific COVID-19 consent from patients and staff prior to delivering treatment. Verbal consent meets the minimum standard, but the ADA&C strongly recommends that it be in writing.

You may use your own forms or use the sample forms linked above to obtain consent.

Pharmacological management for adults and children
As we continue to work through the COVID-19 Pandemic, how we treat our dental patients continues to evolve. The need for continuity of care for patients of record should continue to be the primary goal of each dentist.

The first line of care should be over the telephone. Telephone triage should always begin with evaluating your patient’s general health. Review the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment for the phone triage and assessment of patients.

Depending on the patient’s response of their symptoms, the first dental treatment should involve the use of antibiotic and/or analgesics. To help you with this pathway, we have enclosed Pharmacological flow charts for adults and children.

If there are medications that you are unsure of or have never used, update yourself before prescribing or consult with an appropriate health professional.

If you have concerns about the patient’s health history, contact the patient’s pharmacist or physician. They have access to NetCare which allows them to see health concerns and current medications.

Reminder about proper Donning and Doffing
There is a high risk of transmission of COVID-19 during Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP). The risk of contamination during doffing of PPE is especially high.

Following the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment:
• if after proper telephone screening
• if you have determined that it is an emergency patient, and;
• if you are going to deliver emergency treatment in your dental practice

Be sure to follow the proper donning and doffing requirements 

March 26, 2020 Revised Guidelines on Emergency Treatment and the Dental Emergency Protocol

Effective immediately we have changed the definition of what emergency dental care consists of.

Emergency dental treatment includes treatment of oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.

Members are not to provide routine or urgent care to patients. Only emergency care that fits within this description.

In addition to this change, IF you deem it necessary to perform any treatment that involves an Aerosol Generating Medical Procedure, it is now a requirement that you wear enhanced PPE such as; protective clothing, gloves, fitted N-95 masks, protective eyewear and face shield (due to the aerosol being created).

These measures are necessary to protect you, your staff and the public from known routes of COVID-19 disease transmission.

Refer to the attached and updated Guidelines on Emergency Treatment and the new Dental Emergency Protocol document.

March 25, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Member Services

During a crisis it is more important than ever that we put first things first. Initially, the ADA&C COVID19 Response Team focused on issues related to doing our part to flatten the curve of spread of this viral infection.

While we still have several big items on our list of things to do to ensure that Albertans continue to have access to emergency dental care, we are beginning to have time to turn our attention to other concerns that our members have.

The financial impact on Canadians as a result of this pandemic will be immense. To think that dentists will escape the pandemic without financial pain would be naïve. We have heard the frustration of Alberta dentists that have purchased pandemic insurance and are not clear on whether that coverage will pay out on claims. While we have not made this the focus of our communication, we want you to know that the ADA&C has continued to be a part of the conversation and to express the concerns of our members. As some of the urgent issues of early management of the pandemic response have started to subside, I would like to take an opportunity to provide you with updates from the information that we have to date.

First, it is important to understand that CDSPI is the broker. The primary insurer in this situation is AVIVA. Due to the magnitude of the coverage in place it would be normal for AVIVA to share some of the risk by utilizing what is referred to as re-insurers. These are essentially other insurance companies. The discussion about paying out on claims involves AVIVA and these other insurance companies. Ed Dermit, President of CDSPI and Lyle Best, Chairman of the Board of CDSPI are your greatest advocates in this discussion. As your broker, they represent you, their client, in this matter.

Over the past week there have been communications from CDSPI informing you that they are working on this issue. Yesterday, both the CDA and ADA&C heard from Ed and Lyle. They have expressed that they have been making progress with AVIVA. They highlighted that at this time the insurer has not decided to deny claims. Ed and Lyle are both expressing optimism that a satisfactory result will be reached for dentists. Please understand that these people are the voice for the dentists in the conversation. They have been in this place before with multiple wildfires and floods that have impacted Alberta dentists. They are experienced, connected and knowledgeable. They know the issues. They are the very people we want as our advocates.

Although we do not have any firm answers yet, I would urge you to be supportive of CDSPI and to be patient. Allow them to do their work.

Please know that your ADA&C COVID Response Team consists of people that run dental practices. They are impacted much like you are. From the vantage point of seeing what is going on behind the scenes, please let the work continue. Be patient. Be respectful. Be kind. CDSPI is working on it. We are working on it. We do share your pain in this regard.

Dr. Troy Basarab,
President

Member Resources

We know that a lot of members are keeping up-to-date on these e-Advisories and sharing the information with your staff. We appreciate your dedication to your patients, your staff and your communities – keeping informed is critical when information changes as rapidly as it is. We will continue to post e-Advisories online, as well as important member resources.

Here are a few resource quick links:

Guidelines on Emergency Treatment
The ADA&C is providing this information for members to use as a resource in addition to good clinical judgment on making decisions to provide care for emergency treatment.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The new CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Alberta Emergency Isolation Support
Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation.

Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals
Latest information for healthcare professionals about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans.

Remember to do the daily self-assessment of yourself, your staff and all emergency patients. If you display any symptoms, self-isolate and go to the AHS self-assessment tool.

We remind you of the mandate to stop all non-emergency treatment. The Guidelines for Emergency Dental Treatment (updated: March 24, 2020) are your tools to assess yourself, your staff, your patients and your treatment protocols. Remember that every day and throughout the day you and your staff can take a minute or two to monitor yourselves for any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

Continuity of Care means that patients of record have access to their primary care provider for guidance on emergency care.

You continue to be your patients’ dentist of record. You are obliged to address their ongoing emergency questions. Core elements of care to asymptomatic patients include that you have arranged for these patients to have availability to you or another dentist that you have asked to do this. This other dentist is essentially stepping into your shoes as the patients’ care provider.

Your voice mail and email messaging to patients must include information about how a patient can contact you or another dentist, including a telephone number. You must ensure their calls or emails are returned in a timely way. Being available by phone or email is the essential element.

It is NOT appropriate to refer your patients to an emergency room for a dental emergency when you or the other dentist can reasonably assess that patient in a dental setting or over the telephone. Pharmacological care may be your first level of management. Use your clinical judgment.

March 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Asymptomatic patient & non-aerosol: Current IPC standards apply and proper PPE. This includes proper PPE such as gloves, surgical masks, protective eyewear.
  • Asymptomatic patient & aerosol generating: Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP) require current IPC and enhanced PPE. This includes enhanced PPE such as protective clothing, gloves, surgical masks, protective eyewear or face shield (due to the aerosol being created).

Protective clothing includes gowns and lab-coats, and is meant to be worn over regular clinic clothing, such as uniforms, scrubs or street clothing. Long-sleeved, fluid resistant, protective clothing, extending to the wrist if dental procedures may create splash or spray. Follow donning and doffing of all PPE.

N95 are not required if the patient is Asymptomatic. Clinical judgement should be exercised in the decision to use N95s or not when treating asyptomatic patients.

To determine if a patient is asymptomatic, refer to the pre-screening questions from the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment.

Review pages 61-63 of the Standard of Practice Infection Prevention and Control and Risk Management for Dentists.

Further guidelines on PPE are being considered and will be communicated as they are developed.

As a resource, for your information, please see this Guide to Face Mask Selection and Use.

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Requirements for treating Asymptomatic patients requiring Emergency Care and more

Requirements for treating Asymptomatic patients requiring Emergency Care
After you have conducted your pre-screening of a patient and determined that there is a need for emergency treatment AND that the patient is asymptomatic please follow these guidelines:

Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP) present the biggest risk in dental practices for cross contamination. Therefore the ADA&C strongly recommends that dentists limit these procedures thus protecting patients, staff and themselves. Aerosols are generated by all handpieces, ultrasonic devices, high volume suction, air water syringe and to a lesser extent, low volume suction.

    • Asymptomatic patient & non-aerosol: Current IPC standards apply and proper PPE.
    • Asymptomatic patient & aerosol generating: AGMPs require current IPC and enhanced PPE.

Further guidelines on PPE are being considered and will be communicated as they are developed.

Information on Personal Protective Equipment is section 4.0 in the Standard of Practice Infection Prevention and Control. Also, see AHS Contact and Droplet Precautions.

We want to stress again that there is a mandatory suspension of all non-emergency dental treatment and services.

Dentists may continue to provide emergency treatment. At a minimum you must provide telephone access to address patients’ continuity of care.

Please refer to the Guidelines on Emergency Treatment.

Further self-isolation guidelines
AHS has indicated that if you are feeling symptoms such as a cold or runny nose, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms (and/or until symptoms clear up).

If you are already in self-isolation for 14 days due to travel or an AHS recommendation, and you start having symptoms, you must add a minimum of 10 days to wherever you are in the process. For example, if you are on day 8 of your isolation, and you get a runny nose, you are to add the additional 10 days to your isolation from the start of their symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

See the Chief medical officer of health COVID-19 update – March 23, 2020

Reoccurring member questions
These are challenging times and we know that every member has questions. The staff at ADA&C and the Executive are working to address your concerns.

We do not currently know how long the practice restrictions will continue for. We will update you as we know more.

For Continuing Education – we want to remind members that you are able to access 40 hours of CE credit online. Refer to the Continuing Competence/Education Program Requirements. We do not encourage any hands-on course that will produce aerosols.

March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update: What we are working on….

What we are working on…

As the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing the ADA&C has made announcements aimed at limiting contact in our dental offices. At the same time, we recognize you are continuing to provide emergency dental care. To date, patient screening on the phone has allowed offices to provide care to patients who are asymptomatic while delaying treatment and/or providing pharmacotherapy to patients who are potentially at a higher risk due to travel or community exposure or to those who are symptomatic.

Communication from the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta indicates that increased numbers of COVID-19 positive patients are anticipated in the coming weeks and beyond. It is only a matter of time before we have a COVID-19 positive patient with a significant dental emergency.

The ADA&C is working with the Hospital Dentistry Committee to develop a protocol for you to guide your care of these patients. The development of this strategy takes time. The nature of the pandemic is fluid. We recognize that and we are balancing the need for information with the concept that the message may and does change… sometimes within days or even hours.

Currently, the Hospital Dentistry Committee is developing a decision process for the triage and management of patients that may be COVID-19 positive. As that protocol becomes available it will be shared with members.

This protocol will guide the information that we provide to members on a number of other fronts including Personal Protective Equipment. The protocol will give information that will be useful in helping members decide what is the appropriate PPE for the care they are giving. Items of PPE that are not needed in individual practices can be redirected for better use.

I would remind members that the proper use of N95 masks should not be taken lightly. Like many things in our IPC standards, it is not the equipment that makes the difference but in its proper use. For proper effectiveness N95 masks should be fit tested. N95 masks used improperly are of limited usefulness.

One issue we can provide guidance on is Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP). There are very few procedures that we do in dentistry that are not AGMPs. AGMP include the use of handpieces, sonic and ultrasonic instruments and also include the use of high volume suction and saliva injectors. It is important that these be limited to protect you, your staff, your patient and future patients. We will be re-evaluating the evidence around this in the next days.

There are currently guides on the public website. Please refer to these for guidance. More information will come to members as we can develop it.

I appreciate the efforts of committee members and Council. They have been available to provide input at all hours in an effort to keep members up to speed. A special recognition of the efforts of staff at the ADA&C that have fielded thousands of calls since the onset of the pandemic and have worked many extra hours to get members what they need.

Thank you,
Dr. Troy Basarab
President

Mental well-being

In times of uncertainty, like this pandemic, it’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. We understand the pressures you’re under as healthcare professionals, caring business owners, parents, children and members of your community.

On one hand you are balancing the emergent dental needs of your patients in a new and often evolving manner. On the other, you are practising social distancing. It’s important to remember that this is the time to lean on each other and the resources available through the ADA&C. The Members’ Assistance Program provides confidential counselling and related support services to all dentists, their extended families and staff members at no cost. The Wellness Program Committee (formerly CAP) provides professional and confidential assistance from your colleagues to all members and their immediate family members. More information, including contact information for both programs can be found here.

Canadian Mental Health Association has some resources and suggestions to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty.

We also know that there are societal issues of stress that will be exacerbated by the challenges that we face. If you become aware of signs or incidents of domestic or child abuse, you have a duty to report. These are sad realities, but, these are things that we need to be aware of and sensitive to as health care professionals and as caring citizens.

  • Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages or find other supports.
  • Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering bilingual (English and French) professional counselling, information and referrals.

We encourage everyone to practise social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be there for one another emotionally. So, stay in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out to the ADA&C if you need support.

Reminder on returning to practice

The mandatory PDC self-isolation period ends today, March 22. Whether or not you are planning to return to practice, please be sure to read the March 21 COVID-19 Update: PDC & Returning to Practice

March 21, 2020 COVID-19 Update: PDC & Returning to Practice

Pacific Dental Conference Updates
The ADA&C has been following the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer.

We initially sent out messaging to all ADA&C members on Thursday, March 12 that if you attended PDC to monitor yourselves and if your became symptomatic to self-isolate and call 811. When new information from the Provincial Medical Officer of British Columbia came out on Monday, March 16 for all PDC attendees to self-isolate, we immediately directed all ADA&C members that attended PDC to self-isolate through to March 22, 2020.

While this self-isolation period is ending right away, we are still requesting that ADA&C members to continue monitoring yourselves and if you become symptomatic at any time to self-isolate and call 811.

Returning to Practice
The mandatory PDC self-isolation period ends on Sunday, March 22.

Asymptomatic dentists may be choosing to return to practise. If you do return to practise, ensure you are prepared to provide only emergency dental treatment to your patients. The public website dentalhealthalberta.ca is your go to source for current and relevant information for you and your staff.

We remind you of the mandate to stop all non-emergency treatment. The Guidelines for Emergency Dental Treatment (March 19, 2020) are your tools to assess yourself, your staff, your patients and your treatment protocols. Remember that every day and throughout the day you and your staff can take a minute or two to monitor yourselves for any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

If you display any symptoms, self-isolate and go to the AHS self-assessment tool.

If you have decided to remain closed, please contact Katherine at kgibson@adaandc.com to provide an update.

CDSPI Update
The ADA&C has been in conversation with management of CDSPI. Members are encouraged to speak directly with CDSPI with their coverage concerns.

March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Continuity of Care

In this context, Continuity of Care means that patients of record have access to their primary care provider for guidance on emergency care.

You may have closed your dental practice. You may be unable to provide direct care to your patients right now. What should you do?

In this context, Continuity of Care means that patients of record have access to their primary care provider for guidance on emergency care.

You continue to be your patients’ dentist of record. You are obliged to address their ongoing emergency questions. Core elements of care to asymptomatic patients include that you have arranged for these patients to have availability to you or another dentist that you have asked to do this. This other dentist is essentially stepping into your shoes as the patients’ care provider.

Your voice mail and email messaging to patients must include information about how a patient can contact you or another dentist, including a telephone number. You must ensure their calls or emails are returned in a timely way. Being available by phone or email is the essential element.

It is NOT appropriate to refer your patients to an emergency room for a dental emergency when you or the other dentist can reasonably assess that patient in a dental setting or over the telephone. Pharmacological care may be your first level of management. Use your clinical judgment

March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Guidelines on emergency treatment and more

The ADA&C has created Guidelines on Emergency Treatment.

The ADA&C has created Guidelines on Emergency Treatment 

March 19, 2020

This guide is information for members to use as a resource in addition to good clinical judgment on making decisions to provide care for emergency treatment.

This document defines:

  • Symptomatic patient care
  • Asymptomatic patient care
  • Scripting for phone calls
  • How to determine “emergency” versus “non-emergency”
      • Dental emergency procedures
      • Dental non-emergency procedures
      • Waiting room guidance
      • Considerations when providing treatment after proper screening

As always, the ADA&C expects members to use clinical judgement. These guidelines are current as of March 19, 2020 and will be updated and modified as needed.

Member health during COVID-19
As health care providers, it is important that you take care of yourself.

If you are self-isolating for any of the following reasons:

  • are symptomatic,
  • have come in contact with someone presumed to be symptomatic,
  • have travelled outside of Canada within last 14 days, or
  • attended the Pacific Dental Conference (self-isolating until March 22, 2020)

If you become symptomatic please take the Alberta Health Services Self-Assessment and/or call 811. Please follow the directives of AHS.

If you have a colleague that is not dealing well, reach out, make a call. Know also that the ADA&C is here to provide support. We have excellent resources through our Wellness Program, through MAP, and through the staff at the office.

We also know that there are societal issues of stress that will be exacerbated by the challenges that we face. If you become aware of signs or incidents or domestic or child abuse, you have a duty to report. These are sad realities, but, these are things that we need to be aware of and sensitive to as health care professionals and as caring citizens.

Additional Member Resources
We are working diligently to ensure that member resources are kept up to date on this COVID-19 page.

Here you will find:

  • Guidelines on Emergency Treatment
  • Updates on COVID-19 from Executive
  • Continuity of Care information
  • Links to EI resources
  • and so much more
March 18, 2020: Update on suspension of non-emergency dental treatment and services

The Alberta Dental Association and College still expects the dentists of Alberta to provide treatment for dental emergencies.

March 17, 2020 the Alberta Dental Association and College announced a mandatory stoppage of all non-emergency dental treatment. The intent of this is to facilitate social distancing and help prevent people from contracting the COVID19 virus. By doing this we help to reduce the risk of a spike in severely ill patients in our hospitals. It is not a shut-down or closure of dental offices.

The Alberta Dental Association and College still expects the dentists of Alberta to provide treatment for dental emergencies. It also expects dentists in the province to provide access to care and continuity of care.

To have dental patients showing up in hospital emergency rooms for a dental emergency is the opposite of what is desirable. As the President of the ADA&C and a fellow practicing dentist I urge all of our membership to continue to fulfill their responsibilities in this time of pandemic crisis. It is the time for us to serve our patients and community and our fellow healthcare workers by doing our part.

Please continue to treat dental emergencies following the protocols that have been set out.

We will continue to send out information as it comes available.

Dr. Troy Basarab
President

March 17, 2020: Message to all Alberta dentists from Dr. R. Croutze, Registrar & CEO of the ADA&C – COVID-19

Effective immediately there is a mandatory suspension of all non-emergency dental treatment and services.

Dentists may continue to provide emergency treatment as outlined in this message. At a minimum you must provide telephone access to address patients’ continuity of care.

Emergency dental treatment may include treatment of oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications. It is appropriate to provide needed care that if left untreated becomes a more significant burden on our health care resources and significantly compromises patient health.

Pre-screening of patients by phone is strongly recommended. If a patient presents unannounced at the dental practice, please refer to AHS screening directions. Further dental specific pre-screening directions are being developed.

Dentists who are providing emergency care must perform a thorough pre-treatment risk assessment that includes risk to the patient, to the oral health care provider and to the greater community before any treatment is undertaken. Dentists in Alberta have a duty to prevent exposure to an infection from COVID-19. If risks are identified that cannot be immediately or succinctly mitigated, the determined care must be postponed or referred to an appropriate provider. ADA&C is in the process of developing a list of facilities capable of accepting symptomatic patients. More information will be provided to dentists about the list.

Care provided must be compliant with the existing ADA&C Standard of Practice: Infection Prevention and Control and Risk Management for Dentistry and guidance or the treatment must cease. Capacity to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all oral healthcare providers must be assessed before treatment can be initiated.

Further resources under development are:

  • Links and resources on employment considerations for your staff
  • Guidelines on treatment of emergent patients in office
  • List of facilities accepting patients
March 16, 2020 - PDC attendees to self-isolate

The ADA&C asks all members and any of their staff who attended PDC to self-isolate until March 22, 2020.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia is asking anyone who attended to self-isolate until March 22, 2020.

The ADA&C asks all members and any of their staff who attended PDC to self-isolate until March 22, 2020.

If you will be closing your clinic due to COVID-19 we ask that you inform the ADA&C. Please contact Colleen Wetter or Katherine Gibson: kgibson@adaandc.com or call the office to be redirected: 780-432-1012.

Please provide the following information regarding office closures:

  • clinic name
  • location
  • anticipated closure dates
  • phone number for emergencies or questions.
March 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: addressing member concerns

As dentists, we are an important part of the health care system. Our training and professional
judgement are a critical part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 as we provide care for the oral health
of Albertans. Alberta has maintained an Infection Prevention standard that is amongst the highest in the
world. A standard that centers around universal precautions. With proper screening and triage, and
maintaining the standards that have been put in place by our regulations, it is possible to provide the
dental care that our patients require in a safe manner. The application of professional judgement in
case selection will allow the addition of another layer of public protection.

The ADA&C is working with Alberta Health Services as well as other departments of the Alberta
government to ensure that ADA&C members are able to support the broader health care system. While
it may not be the ideal time to take on significant elective treatment, it is appropriate to provide needed
care that if left untreated becomes a more significant burden to our health care resources.

With the pandemic front of mind for most people it is not surprising that the ADA&C staff and Executive
Council have fielded many questions regarding issues pertinent to continuing to provide dental care. In
this e-Advisory and additional contact over the next days the ADA&C will provide information that will
assist you as you continue to provide care. Further resources will be available on the members website.
Please watch for updates and utilize the resources to help educate your teams and patients.

Dr. Troy Basarab
President

March 13, 2020 - Alberta Wellness Summit Cancelled

The Alberta Wellness Summit committee has been working diligently to produce our 2020 event and we know you were looking forward to participating.”

The Chief Medical Officer of Alberta has indefinitely cancelled all gatherings with over 250 people in attendance due to COVID-19. Given this clear direction, the 2020 Alberta Wellness Summit is cancelled. The health and wellness of the public and our members is our primary concern. As health care providers it is imperative we show leadership in this time of public health crisis.

In the next few weeks we will be exploring options to provide virtual CE content as an alternative. Further details regarding cancellation of all current registrations will be available within the next two weeks. Full refunds will be provided.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Alberta Wellness Summit happening May 27-29 in Calgary, AB.

March 12, 2020 Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you attended PDC but are asymptomatic, please self-monitor over the next few days. If you become symptomatic, self-isolate, and call 811.

The Pacific Dental Conference (PDC) has confirmed that a dentist has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the PDC. The ADA&C has been gathering factual information on this situation. The person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended the conference on March 6 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

As a precaution only, we are advising participants who attended the Pacific Dental Conference during those hours to monitor themselves for the following symptoms for up to 14 days and call HealthLink at 811 for advice if they develop any of the symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath

If you attended PDC but are asymptomatic, please self-monitor over the next few days. If you become symptomatic, self-isolate, and call 811.

For reference, Vancouver Coastal has just released this statement: vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/covid-19-notification-for-attendees-of-pacific-dental-conference-2020

We will continue to update the members’ website and send out e-advisories in a timely manner, as the information is constantly evolving.