With record numbers of COVID-19 cases being recorded daily in Alberta, the College would like to remind you of the resources at your disposal to keep yourselves, colleagues and clients safe while continuing to provide appropriate oral healthcare services.
Back in March when Alberta was in the first wave, very little was known about the COVID-19 virus, how it transmitted, or the amount of risk to clients in dental settings. The CRDHA Council made the decision to follow its legislative authority and strongly recommended the suspension of oral health services for the safety of clients and practitioners. This decision was also made by every dental hygiene regulatory college across Canada.
During this second wave, the number of COVID-positive patients are much higher in Alberta, but we are also more educated about how to reduce the risk of transmission. The College has been working very closely with Alberta Health throughout this pandemic, monitoring transmission rates in dental practices, and following the guidance from our government. If additional restrictions of healthcare services are required, Alberta Health will be providing that direction to all regulatory colleges.
Yesterday, Premier Jason Kenney declared a state of public health emergency and put into effect new mandatory measures to stop the spike in cases.
All regulated health professionals, including dental hygienists, can continue to care for their clients, but by appointment only.
Registered dental hygienists must also follow the Joint Guidelines, Dental Practice Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which came into effect August 1.