Attendees of 2020 Pacific Dental Conference asked to immediately self-isolate

Mar 16 2020, 3:59 pm

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) is asking anyone who attended the 2020 Pacific Dental Conference to immediately self-isolate, as a number of COVID-19 cases in the province have been linked to the event.

Last week, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed that a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 had attended the conference.

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced that a “significant number” of new cases in BC “are related to the Pacific Dental Conference 2020 held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6 and 7 2020.”

According to its website, this year’s PDC saw over 14,000 attendees.

Pacific Dental Conference coronavirus

Pacific Dental Conference

“A joint statement​ from the BC Ministry of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry asks that anyone who attended self-isolate until March 22, 2020,” reads the announcement from Dr. Chris Hacker, registrar and CEO of the CDSBC.

Hacker also “strongly recommends that all elective and non-essential dental services be suspended immediately,” adding that “management of emergent concerns by registrants must continue.”

CDSBC says these recommendations are in place until further notice.

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.