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COVID-19 (November 12)

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups of high-risk individuals starting November 6, 2021. This includes dental hygienists and other regulated health-care professionals outlined in the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations. View the full press release here.

Vaccination rate status and improvements in key public health and health care indicators continue to guide the reopening of the province and lifting of public health measures.

A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term was introduced outlining how and when to lift more public health measures. The plan will involve applying any new restrictions in tailored and localized ways, with the aim of avoiding further lockdowns. Read the full media release here.

For the most current provincial updates, click here. 

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table released an update on COVID-19 projections, published November 12, 2021. You can view the full slide deck here.

The College of Dental Hygienist of Ontario revised guidance regarding IPAC related to COVID-19 on July 29, 2021. The revisions to this guidance reflect current best-practices. Dental hygienists are encouraged to monitor the College’s COVID-19 FAQ page for any updates. View the updated guidance here.

Updates from Public Health Ontario

  • COVID-19 Delta: Risk Assessment and Implications for Practice, published October 8, 2021
  • Public Health Ontario has released revised Interim Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern for Health Care Settings (August 2021). You can access the document here.
  • Public Health Ontario published a summary to compliment the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice. Access the document here.

COVID-19 Vaccination
You can continue to stay informed on Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-covid-19-vaccine-ontario#phase-2. CDHO has also posted information for dental hygienists by public health unit here: https://www.cdho.org/my-cdho/practice-advice/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.

Workplace safety
Staying safe in practice takes more than following infection prevention and control guidelines when treating clients. Follow Public Health Ontario guidance in the workplace, including maintaining social distance and using face coverings when social distancing is a challenge. It’s equally important to remain vigilant in times before and in-between clients, when interacting with colleagues, and during break periods. It’s during these times, when not focusing on client care, an individual may potentially let their guard down and become vulnerable. ODHA wants you and your workplace to remain safe and healthy.

The following programs are available:

NEW Canadian Worker Lockdown Benefit will provide $300 a week to workers should they be unable to work due to a local lockdown anytime between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit provides employees with up to three days of paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit providing $500 per week for up to two weeks for Canadians who are sick or in self-isolation due to COVID-19

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit providing $500 per week for no more than 26 weeks when someone is forced to remain at home to care for:

  • a child or family member who is ill or in quarantine, or
  • a child under 12 or family member normally at school, daycare or a care home that is closed due to COVID-19.

 

ODHA – We’re Here for You

Service to our members is of paramount importance.  ODHA has been providing ongoing email broadcasts on the pandemic and through this dedicated COVID-19 page on the ODHA website. The frequency of page updates is determined by changes in the progress of the pandemic.  Resources will be added as information is provided to the ODHA office.

ODHA will continue to keep members updated through email broadcasts (which will also be posted) and current information added to the ODHA website. We encourage you to check the added resources link for new and emerging information. At a time when many will take advantage of the uncertainty, ODHA will continue to provide evidence-informed and balanced advice and information.

We continue to encourage you to use your member benefit Legal-Line for FREE legal advice.

 

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