Possible COVID-19 exposure at huge Vancouver dental conference, warns health authority

Mar 12 2020, 10:36 am

Vancouver Coastal Health says possible exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred at the Pacific Dental Conference 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6.

VCH confirmed that a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended the conference between 2 pm and 4 pm.

The individual is recovering at home and the health authority says, “There is no ongoing risk to the community, nor is there any further risk posed at the Vancouver Convention Centre.”

As a precaution, VCH is advising participants who attended the Pacific Dental Conference during those hours to monitor themselves for fever, cough, headache, and shortness of breath for up to 14 days and call HealthLink BC at 811 for advice if they develop symptoms.

“As long as participants of the conference remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and they should continue with their usual daily activities,” said VCH.

On Monday, BC health officials confirmed seven more cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 46. Another provincial update is scheduled for this afternoon.