A B.C. dentist who attended a Vancouver conference at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak has died of suspected COVID-19 complications, according to friends and family.
Dr. Denis Vincent, who was in his 60s, died this past weekend at his Vancouver home, according to a longtime friend, who said he had been in his dentist’s chair for an appointment little more than a week previously.
Vincent’s death is raising questions over why all patients at his practice were not alerted about his illness.
He had attended the Pacific Dental Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre March 5-7.
The nearly 15,000 people at that conference were told on March 16 to self-isolate by the provincial health officer, who confirmed that several cases of COVID-19 had been traced to the event, one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Vincent’s friend Fardad Moayeri said Vincent had not gone to hospital