COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources
Answers to member questions and the latest dentistry updates.
What do I do if I run out of face masks, gloves, or other PPE?
If you do not have adequate supplies to protect you and your staff while treating an emergency patient, reach out to your local dental society, colleagues, other healthcare professionals or facilities to request them. Supplies can also be request through your local Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC). Please know that there may be a long waiting period. Access the MHOAC Contact List.
What do I do if I suspect exposure to COVID-19 in the practice? Do my staff and I need to self-quarantine?
That is a decision that can only be made at the time of the event and certain factors would have to be considered and assessed. For example, an employee or a patient whose partner has a co-worker exhibiting symptoms is a low-risk situation compared to a situation where an employee or patient has a partner who has symptoms consistent with COVID. Individuals who have reported possible exposures to their medical care providers should follow the provider’s instructions. Consult with your local public health department if exposure risk is high, for example, when a patient was seen in the office and then reports within a couple weeks that they have tested positive for COVID.
Which disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19 can I use in my dental practice?
The EPA recently released a list of disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19. You will need to use a disinfectant that also meets the requirements of the state dental board's infection control regulations. Reference list of EPA- and state-approved disinfectants.
How can my COVID-positive patient get emergency dental treatment if I cannot provide it at my office?
Work with the patient’s medical provider to locate an appropriate facility for care.
As long as there isn’t a direct or imminent threat of harm to the employee and the office is complying with all OSHA and CDC guidelines for infection control, it should not be necessary to have an employee sign any documentation for continued work. You should continue to encourage sick employees and patients to stay home and you should send home anyone who arrives at the office and is exhibiting symptoms of illness.
Get more info and COVID-19 guidance for employers from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).