A number of dental offices in Kamloops are expected to close on Monday for an extended period following word from provincial health officials that all attendees of an industry conference in Vancouver should self-isolate.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said on Monday there were likely a number of people at the Pacific Dental Conference infected with COVID-19.
The conference ran from March 5 to March 7 and had about 14,000 attendees.
Dr. David Ciriani, president of the Kamloops and District Dental Society, said most Kamloops dental offices had staff attend the conference, his included.
“I think there were a couple in town that did not attend, but across the province about 90 per cent of dentists attend,” he told KTW.
“There was record attendance this year.”
Last week, conference attendees were sent a letter, indicating one person at the conference has since tested positive for COVID-19. The letter urged those showing symptoms to self-isolate.
On Monday, Henry said that message now extends to all attendees regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.
Ciriani said he began closing his office on Monday after receiving news of Henry’s announcement.
“We’re in the process of shutting everything down,” he said. “I’d say 50 per cent of our office was there.”