On Wednesday, Premier Horgan announced that British Columbia will be moving into Phase 2 of its restart plan on May 19, 2020.
This next phase of B.C.’s COVID-19 response anticipates more access to dental and other healthcare services under enhanced protocols. This means patients should be able to look forward to increased access to in-person elective care in a safe environment.
The guidance and recommendations provided to registrants so far during the COVID-19 pandemic remains available at www.cdsbc.org/about-cdsbc/news/covid-19/covid-19-for-registrants. In the coming days, CDSBC will communicate to our registrants on how care will continue through phase 2 of the restart. Our guidance and recommendations will, as always, be supported by evidence as it is available, and we will take our lead from the Provincial Health Officer and other public health experts as we develop expectations for our registrants in anticipation of the expansion of dental services.
Dentists in particular have been expected to attend to the needs of their patients throughout the current pandemic, and so in that regard, this next phase can be understood as a continuation of care. Existing CDSBC standards and guidance (such as our Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control) continue to apply to the provision of oral healthcare by our registrants, in tandem with any additional controls that have been implemented by government throughout the pandemic.
There is detailed information about the new normal for employers and workplaces on the government webpage B.C.’s Restart Plan. Dental offices, like all workplaces, must demonstrate that they can operate safely. Please refer to the specific measures and policies that are recommended for all employers in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep everyone safe.
WorkSafe BC’s industry-specific resources for health care and COVID-19 safety are available here: www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-industry-information/health-care
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The CDSBC office remains temporarily closed to the public in compliance with the direction of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix. As B.C. prepares to move into the next phase of its COVID-19 response, CDSBC will continue to take our lead from the Provincial Health Officer and other public health experts.
Our staff continue to work off-site to provide CDSBC services. The most effective way to contact us at this time is via email using the web form on our Contact Us page. If you need to send information and documents to the College, we ask that you do so electronically. Sending material on paper will result in delayed response and processing times.
Please know that we are tracking all your questions. Due to the volume of inquiries coming in, we won't be able to respond to each communication individually, but will be monitoring and responding to all stakeholders through other means (such as emails to all registrants and public website postings).
On January 29, 2020, the CDSBC Board approved amendments to Parts 2 and 4 of the CDSBC bylaws dealing with the College Board and College committees and panels. The deadline to submit comments on these amendments is approaching.
The proposed bylaw amendments will allow the College to deliver on its Action Plan to the Minister of Health. Comments on the proposed bylaw amendments are welcome before Monday, May 11, 2020.
CDSBC’s Annual General Meeting is being rescheduled and will be conducted virtually rather than in person. Details about the new date and format will be shared in the coming weeks.
The office will be closed on Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day. Staff will be back online on Tuesday, May 19.