Federal COVID-19 Benefits Program Portal Opens
Posted April 6, 2020
Today, April 6, 2020, the government of Canada began accepting applications for its Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Further information about applying for this benefit and links to other benefits, business supports, and general COVID-19 information can be found on the Dental Technicians Association of BC website through the following link: DTABC Website
You can also contact the DTABC office directly during regular business hours at 604-789-4077.
Urgent Update: Dr. Henry's Letter to all Health Professionals
Posted March 25, 2020
To all CDTBC Registrants:
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer has issued a letter to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act regarding the provision of health care in community settings outside the hospital and public health facilities. Please take the time to read this very important letter. The link to the letter can be found here: Letter from Dr. Henry – March 23, 2020
The College of Dental Technicians expects all registrants to comply with Dr. Henry’s direction to immediately suspend all non-essential [dental technology] services until further notice. Dr. Henry's letter should provide additional clarity regarding the exception from this directive for the provision of emergency and urgent care.
The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has provided communication to its registrants as well regarding the provision of care during this time, and I encourage our registrants to be familiar with that information. The most current information from CDSBC can be found by clicking here.
The College of Dental Surgeons has provided the following definition and guidance to their registrants, and it is the position of this College that these definitions apply to dental technology services as well.
NON-ESSENTIAL (ELECTIVE) CARE
Non-essential care is routine or non-urgent procedures and would include (but not limited to):
CDTBC also recommends that dental laboratories be available to their clients (dentists) that may need to request emergency dental technology services to treat a patient’s urgent situation as defined by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.
Should an emergency situation arise, we recommend fully assessing your ability to provide the requested services in a safe and ethical manner that will minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus for the patient, yourself, and/ or your staff. Complete adherence to the College’s Infection Control Guidelines when providing dental technology services is expected at all times, and this is especially important during this pandemic outbreak. When providing dental technology services, social distancing must be observed between yourself, your staff members, and others in the dental team.
As you have likely heard through news reports, COVID-19 has significantly affected the dental community. There have been a number of positive tests among dental professionals with some developing severe symptoms. You may have also heard that a dentist has sadly passed away from complications associated with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.
There is no question that it is more important than ever that all dental professionals heed the advice and recommendations of both Dr. Henry and their regulatory body. If we each do what is necessary, we will make a difference. A difference that will save lives.
This is a rapidly changing situation, so we ask that all registrants make a regular habit of checking the CDTBC website for the most up to date information, as this is where updates will be posted as they become available.
I thank you for your attention to our communications and your continued professionalism in these extraordinary times. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the College. While the College office remains closed, staff will be working remotely to respond to this unprecedented situation to the best of our ability. Please email us or leave us a phone message if you have a question and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Please note that it may take a day or two to hear from us as we will be responding to the most urgent matters first.
Ronald Revell, RDT
Registrar / CEO
Urgent Message about COVID-19
Posted on March 16, 2020
Attendees of 2020 Pacific Dental Conference asked to self-isolate
To all registrants of the College of Dental Technicians of BC (CDTBC):
In the words of our Prime Minister today, exceptional circumstances are calling for exceptional measures, and it is time to take every precaution to keep people safe.
In alignment with today’s direction from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the College is providing the following information and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is a link to the joint statement from the Minister of Health and BC’s Provincial Health Officer:
They note that a significant number of new cases of COVID-19 are related to the Pacific Dental Conference held on March 5, 6, and 7, 2020.
CDTBC supports the Ministry’s direction that anyone who attended the 2020 Pacific Dental Conference must immediately self-isolate until March 22, 2020.
Registrants should consider their own safety, the health and safety of their staff, and the recommendations of the Provincial Health Authority and BC Centre for Disease Control in determining what measures to take to reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Limiting close contact with others and ensuring that all registrants are following the College's Infection Control Guidelines and using Personal Protective Equipment when providing dental technology services is particularly critical at this time.
The Ministry has also issued a new order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people.
These measures are in place until further notice and CDTBC will be monitoring the situation closely and updating our website with information as it becomes available, knowing that this situation is rapidly changing.
CDTBC is also changing our business practices in response to this emerging situation.
As a result of the new direction from the Ministry, staff will not be working in the office for at least the next two weeks, and all in-person meetings and activities of the College are suspended until further notice.
Some staff will have limited access to email and voice messages during this period and will respond to urgent calls and emails as quickly as possible.
Access to the office is restricted and no walk-in visitors will be received.
Please be patient as all the staff of the College attended the Pacific Dental Conference and we are being asked to self-isolate for the next two weeks.
To view the provincial health officer's order on mass gatherings, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
For more information on B.C.’s updated testing strategy and self-isolation, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation
For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza.
For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the centre’s website: http://www.bccdc.ca/
For the latest audio clips of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov
Notification for Attendees of Pacific Dental Conference 2020
Posted on March 12, 2020
Vancouver Coastal Health and the Pacific Dental Conference have confirmed that an attendee who visited the Exhibit Hall at the PDC in the afternoon of March 6th has tested positive for COVID-19.
A link to the Vancouver Coastal Health Media Release can be found below.
Registrants are reminded that they are required at all times to comply with the infection control guidelines established by the Board. Those guidelines and policies are published on our website and can be accessed through the following links:
For further information about COVID-19 please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control.