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COVID-19 Highlights Need for Improved Dental Care in Remote Communities, Hygienist Says

August 12, 2020
by CBC

When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, all of Haida Gwaii’s three dentists were away at a dental conference, leaving one hygienist to deal with any dental emergencies.

The situation forced Natasha Kellett, the only dental hygienist still working on the chain of islands off B.C.’s North Coast, to brainstorm with other health-care professionals to come up with a plan for treating people in need of acute dental care.

“I did what anybody would have done in that situation — everybody at the health centre that I work at … we all just sort of jumped in and did what we could to help our patients,” Kellett told Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk.

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