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e-Alert     August 26th, 2020

Update from the President                                                               August 26th, 2020

Good morning,

Hoping that all Manitobans had an opportunity to enjoy a bit of warmer weather and relaxation this summer. For many of us, our ‘new normal’ does mark a change in how we spent our summer, maybe allowing us to focus on our more local environments and outdoor activities with close family and friends.

Being essential health care providers, the dental team play a critical role in delivering oral health services in the public interest.

In direct consultation with Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Provincial Health Officer, The Manitoba Dental Association released today an update to our guidance for patient care during the COVID-19 response. Our Return to Practise Task Force has put in many long hours over the past months including collaborations with Manitoba Health, Shared Health, the Canadian Dental Association, among others.

As this pandemic rolls on, we will have to adapt to an ever changing environment. Outbreaks will occur and COVID-19 will affect different communities in different ways. Please continue to be leaders in upholding the vigilant infection control protocols that dentists have always employed to minimize risk to the public, ourselves and our hard-working teams.

The Province of Manitoba Pandemic Response System has been introduced to share the current level of risk, provide public health guidance to Manitobans and explain the range of measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba. The province will update the provincial response level in response to the spread of the virus and other public health indicators. This system will also allow for a more area specific approach where there are more isolated outbreaks. Please make yourselves familiar with this response system.

There is increasing information to suggest that one of the more likely risks of COVID-19 entering any workplace is through a team member exposure outside an office setting. Keeping our teams healthy requires open communication with team members about measures taken by the greater team inside and outside of an office setting. MDA/CDA have made some resources available on the MDA website to help with that communications task.

You will notice in our guidance that to further reduce the risk in our workplaces that all those present in the dental healthcare setting will be required to wear a mask unless medically or physically contraindicated. Although this guidance uses slightly stronger wording than our previous document, this measure was already largely implemented by Manitoba dentists. Wearing a mask offers an extra layer of protection from droplets, especially for indoor spaces. Please read our guidance carefully for details.
The many activities of the MDA continue. Our committees are very active and our staff continue to go the extra mile to help us regulate dentistry in Manitoba in the public interest. The MDA office is open; however, most activities and committee work are being managed by digital means and in person meetings have been limited. Physical distance protocols are being employed and masks are now mandatory for staff/visitors/volunteers coming into the MDA office.

We are in constant communication with our colleagues and other dental regulators across the country and that although it has not been easy for any of us to navigate COVID-19, we must consider ourselves fortunate to be largely able to provide much needed access to care for all Manitobans. Our communications to the public have been clear and had good uptake. Our dental community has pulled together showing the strength of our greater team - I have never doubted we would.

Please continue to subscribe to the eAlert system as it is an invaluable communications tool. As changes in our landscape occur, we will continue to use this tool to stay connected.

Kindest Regards,

Marc Mollot, B.Sc, DMD
President & Chairman of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association


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