Non-essential dental services paused after COVID-19 cases linked to Vancouver dental conference

The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. has announced all elective and non-essential dental services are to be suspended immediately.

This comes as B.C.’s top doctor is asking all attendees of last week’s Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver to self-isolate after a number of COVID-19 cases were linked to the event.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday that her office has connected the conference, which occurred March 5-7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, to at least four new cases.

“We also know that cases have been identified from that conference in other provinces across the country,” Henry said, including Alberta and Ontario.

“My instructions are that anyone who was at that conference needs to self-isolate immediately. They should not be at work. They should not be at school. They should not be around others. This is the critical time where we are seeing people show up ill from that conference.”

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