December 23, 2021
To support registrants in continuing to provide oral health care safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, CDHBC, CDTBC, CDSBC, and CDBC have worked collaboratively to update the joint COVID-19 guidance document for oral health care providers.
Please click the link below to read the updated document:Infection Prevention and Control & Oral Health Care During the COVID‑19 Pandemic(December 23, 2021) >>As always, this COVID-19-specific guidance is to be considered in conjunction with existing oral health care regulatory standards and guidance for infection prevention and control (IPAC) and aligned with provincial governmental authorities including the Ministry of Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNeT) and WorkSafeBC.
We anticipate that COVID-specific guidance for oral health care providers in BC will remain in effect until the pandemic is over. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities, you will note that the guidance remains largely unchanged. This set of revisions was designed to minimize the need for further updates by referring to other relevant authorities wherever possible.
Key updates in this version relate to:
The document linked above replaces the August 18, 2020 version, titled Oral Health Care During Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 Response. A comparison document showing the markup of changes between the August 2020 and December 2021 guidance documents is available here.