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What's New

  • Sep 11 101st Council Meeting The 101st meeting of Council will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (online). Read More
  • Sep 11 Request for Applications Chief Examiner The College is currently seeking applicants for the position of Chief Examiner to serve a three-year term (2021-2023) that will cover approximately 6 administrations of the College’s Qualifying Examination. Read More

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.  Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Updates

October 6, 2020 - Updated Directive #5 - Required Precautions for Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued an updated version of Directive #5 that enhances the required health and safety precautions in long-term care homes, retirement homes and public hospitals.
 
This Directive may impact Registered Denturists who provide denturism care and service in long-term care facilities or retirement homes. Specifically,

  • A point-of-care risk assessment (PCRA) must be performed by every regulated health professional before every patient or resident interaction in a public hospital or long-term care home.
  • At a minimum, for regulated health professionals and other health care workers in a hospital or a long-term care home, Droplet and Contact Precautions must be used by regulated health professionals and other health care workers for all interactions with probable or confirmed COVID-19 patients or residents. Droplet and Contact Precautions include gloves, face shields or goggles, gowns, and surgical/procedure masks.
  • If a regulated health professional determines, based on the PCRA, and based on their professional and clinical judgement and proximity to the patient or resident, that an N-95 respirator may be required in the delivery of care or services (including interactions), then the public hospital or long-term care home must provide that regulated health professional and other health care workers present for that patient or resident interaction with a fit-tested N95 respirator or approved equivalent or better protection.

Registered Denturists who provide care and service in long-term care facilities or retirement homes can familiarize themselves with the amended Directive #5 here


July 31, 2020 –  COVID-19 Exposure Mobile App Now Available

The Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This app, which is available beginning today, lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Click for the full provincial news release.
 

July 23, 2020 – Provincial Emergency Declaration Extended Until July 24, 2020

Ontario has extended emergency orders currently in force until July 29. This will ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work. The government has also extended the provincial declaration of emergency until July 24.

Starting July 17, parts of Ontario will be able to move into Stage 3 of recovery, while other communities will remain in Stage 2. In Stage 3, nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place. High-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.


July 9, 2020 – Provincial Emergency Declaration Extended Until July 15

On June 24, 2020, the Government of Ontario extended the Declaration of Emergency until July 15. The associated emergency orders have now been extended until July 22, 2020 in an annoucement made by the provincial government today.

For more information on the emergency declaration, please visit the Government of Ontario's webpage found here.


June 5, 2020 – Return to Practice FAQs

The College has compiled a list of commonly asked questions that have been received by the Practice Advisory team. You may find some of the answers to your questions here, but please feel free to contact the College if you require further information.

Click here to view the FAQs.


May 26, 2020 – Chief Medical Officer of Health Annouces Restart of Health Care Practices

The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, Dr. David Williams, has revised Directive 2 effective today, May 26, 2020. Directive 2 previously limited care to essential services only. The revised Directive 2 provides for the gradual restart of health care services, including ALL (non-essential and essential) denturism care and services. 

Click here for the College's News Release regarding the restarting of health care practices.
 

May 22, 2020 – Infection Prevention and Control Guide for Return to Practice

The College’s Guide for Return to Practice for Denturists as well as the College’s newly adopted general Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines are now available.


May 16, 2020 – College Update 

The College provided an update to all Registered Denturists regarding the following items:

  • Phase 1 of Reopening Our Province, Guide for Return to Practice for Denturists, Practice Principles.

Please click here to view the full update.


May 13, 2020 – College Update 

The College provided an update to all Registered Denturists regarding the following items:

  • Registration fee refunds, online invoice payment, election reminder, Non-Council Committee memberships, and return to practice.

Please click here to view the full update.


May 7, 2020 – Provincial Emergency Orders Extended Until May 19

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it would be extending, until at least May 19, all existing emergency orders that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. These orders include the closure of all non-essential workplaces and, in conjunction with the March 19, 2020 Directive from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, limit Registered Denturists to the provision of essential, urgent care only.

Click here for the College's full News Release.

May 5, 2020 – College Update - One-Time Reduction of Annual Renewal Fees

The College provided an update to all Registered Denturists regarding a one-time 50% reduction of the annual renewal fees, as well as spring webinars and council member elections. Please click here to view.


April 30, 2020 – College Update - Return to Practice

The College provided an update to all Registered Denturists regarding return to practice and the Government of Ontario's framework for reopening the province, please click here to view.

April 14, 2020 – Provincial Emergency Declaration Extended Until May 12

On April 14, 2020, the Government of Ontario extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces, until May 12. This is an extension of the Declaration ordering closure of non-essential workplaces, last extended on April 11. With the extension of this Declaration, Registered Denturists are reminded that they may only provide urgent care to patients.

Click here for the College's News Release.

April 13, 2020 - Available Mental Health Resources

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is providing access to mental health supports for health care workers who might be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their dedicated COVID-19 webpage has important and useful resources for maintaining mental wellness with guidance on coping with stress and anxiety, managing self-isolation and quarantine, and other relevant topics. CAMH is also facilitating the support of health care workers by providing access to psychotherapy and psychiatric services.

In these stressful times, these resources may be of use to you or someone you know.  They can be found here.

April 13, 2020 - Extension of Emergency Declaration

The Government of Ontario has further extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces, restrictions on social gatherings and prohibition of price gouging until April 23. This extension also applies to the restriction of the activities of health care professionals, including Registered Denturists, to urgent care only.

Additionally, the Government of Ontario will be recalling legislature on April 14, 2020 to seek an additional extension of 28 days pending the passing of legislation. The College will provide timely updates once it receives further information.

Click here to view the full news release.

April 8, 2020 - Ontario Government Launches Workforce Matching Portal - PPE Donations

  • The Government of Ontario has launched an online portal to match available health care providers like you with organizations across Ontario looking for assistance in the response against COVID-19. Click here to visit the Ontario Government’s online portal.
  • Request for PPE donations - should you have any additional personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical/procedure masks, N95 masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection that you are able to spare, please consider donating some. For more information on donating PPE, please click here.

April 2, 2020 - College Update

The College provided an update to all Registered Denturists regarding the extension of emergency declaration, please click here to view.

March 31, 2020 - Government Extends Emergency Declaration

The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings until April 13. This is an extension to the closure of non-essential workplaces initially put in place on March 24.  This extension applies to the list of essential businesses, including Denture clinics for the provision of emergency care.  Click here to view the full news release. 

March 24, 2020 - Ontario Government Recruiting Health Care Providers

The Government of Ontario is seeking additional experienced health care providers who may want to assist with provincial efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. The College is providing this request to active or retired Denturists, Denturism students, and applicants, in the event that you are interested in lending your support. The Government may be seeking support in areas that do not involve the practice of Denturism. 

If you are interested, please visit the Health Force Ontario website found here for more information and to complete the recruitment application.

March 23, 2020 - Ontario Government Orders Closure of Non-Essential Work Places

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extension as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open can be found here. In the Ontario Government’s list of essential businesses, item 58 identifies “Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physio-therapists”.  The care provided by denturists to patients in emergent situations will fall in this category.


The Chief Medical Officer has issued the following recommendation for Health Care Workers returning to work after travelling: CMOH Recommendations Re: Health Worker Illness and Returning to Work

March 20, 2020​ - Directive to Health Care Providers - Important Changes to Renewal

  • The Chief Medical Officer has issued a directive to all Regulated Health Care Providers, including Registered Denturists, to immediately cease or reduce all non-essential and elective services until further notice. This requirement has been updated from a recommendation. You can view the directive here. You can view the College’s e-newsletter regarding this directive sent to all Registered Denturists here.
  • The College has announced important changes to the 2020-2021 Certificate of Registration and Health Profession Corporation Certificate of Authorization Renewal. To learn more about these important changes, please click here.

March 17, 2020 - CDO Office Closure Notice

Office Closure Notice: In order to reduce the likelihood of community transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the College’s staff members, the CDO will be temporarily shifting most of its office functions to a virtual space as of March 17, 2020. We are unsure of the duration of this shift but will communicate developments to our stakeholders as they arise.

March 16, 2020 - College Update

The College published an update regarding measures instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. The CDO strongly recommending that all non-essential denturism care and service be suspended immediately
  2. Ongoing information access
  3. College functions and business activities including physical office closure and college meetings
  4. Quality assurance
  5. Registration renewal

Please read the full update here.

March 13, 2020 

Public Health Ontario has posted a technical brief Updated IPAC Recommendations for Use of PPE for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19

March 12, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a revised directive for health care providers and health care entities to employ required precautions when interacting with patients suspected or confirmed with COVID-19. Click here to view the directive (revised March 30, 2020).

Public Health Ontario developed guidance in English and French for environmental cleaning for non-heath care settings. 

March 11, 2020

Public Health Agency of Canada has provided the following guidance document:

March 4, 2020

Public Health Ontario has provided the following documents: 

February 13, 2020

Updated guidance documents for Acute Care, Paramedics, Primary Care, Home & Community Care and Long Term Care settings have been added to the ministry website

The Ministry of Health has created a FAQs document to answer common questions that have been received by health care professionals.

February 6, 2020

The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages and can be found here.

February 5, 2020

Health care providers (in particular acute care settings and paramedic services) facing immediate challenges with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry at EOCLogistics.MOH@ontario.ca.

February 1, 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided the following patient signs for you to use in your practices:

January 31, 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided the following guidance document for primary care providers:

The Ministry of Health has set up a hotline for healthcare providers: 1-866-212-2272

Important Resources

The College strongly recommends you visit the following websites to stay updated on the latest information:

Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 webpage – Updated daily at 10:30 am EST, this website contains the latest information on the status of cases in Ontario, information about the Coronavirus and how Ontario is preparing.

Ministry of Health’s dedicated webpage for Health Care Professionals – This website contains specific guidance for healthcare workers and health sector employers about occupational health and safety, infection prevention and control, and screening procedures.

Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage – updates from the Government of Canada including travel advisories

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) dedicated COVID-19 webpage – CAMH is providing access to mental health supports for health care workers who might be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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