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COVID-19 (July31)

With the exception of Windsor-Essex public health regions, Ontario is now in phase 3 of re-opening.  Public health officials and the government are monitoring the progress of infection rates watching for hot spots and a potential second wave.

On July 7th, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Dr. David Williams, sent a memorandum regarding aerosol generating dental procedures to the four oral health regulatory colleges.  The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) subsequently provided an explanation of the “precautionary principle” referenced in the CMOH’s memo. On July 30th, CDHO released supplemental guidance on the extended use of N95 masks/respirators during a supply shortage  and isolation gowns.  

Public Health Ontario has also released a paper on COVID-19 in Dental Care Settings (July 30, 2020).

ODHA continues to encourage the regulatory bodies to find common ground on work guidelines and for employers and employees to engage in discussions to facilitate a healthy and safe workplace – for all staff and patients/clients.  ODHA understands this is an incredibly stressful and anxious time for many.  ODHA is also engaged in discussions with government.

Each and every dental hygienist has different personal circumstances to consider when navigating a return to work.  It is not possible to cover all the potential scenarios in one dissertation – this is why we continue to encourage you to use your member benefit Legal-Line for FREE legal advice.

ODHA understands the anxieties you may be experiencing, and we are committed to do what is in our capacity to help Ontario dental hygienists work in a safe environment and reconnect with clients and colleagues.


 

ODHA – We’re Here for You

Service to our members is of paramount importance.  ODHA has been providing ongoing e-mail broadcasts on the coronavirus situation and through this dedicated COVID-19 page on the ODHA website.

ODHA will continue to keep members updated through e-mail broadcasts (which will also be posted) and current information added to the ODHA website.  In August, ODHA will move to bi-weekly COVID-19 updates. At a time when many will take advantage of the uncertainty, ODHA will continue to provide evidence-informed and balanced advice and information.

 

COVID-19 E-mail Updates

COVID-19 Additional Resources