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The surge in COVID-19 cases is quickly accelerating, and restrictions are tightening in most counties throughout the state. The California Department of Public Health shared Monday that California’s case positivity has doubled in 10 days. As a result, the state moved 28 additional counties into the most restrictive (purple) tier — for a total of 41 counties in this tier — which accounts for nearly 95% of the state’s population. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom and CDPH also announced a limited Stay at Home Order that prohibits non-essential work, movement and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in purple-tier counties. The order does not impact dental care.
In short, the pandemic is expected to get worse before it gets better.
We know you have been steadily and safely treating patients through the pandemic and are concerned about what restrictions may mean for your practice. We have all made significant adjustments since the onset of the pandemic in March and have responded effectively to the changes and new rules accordingly. CDA continues to help you be prepared in service to your patients.
What CDA is doing
CDA is actively tracking updates from public health and regulatory authorities including CDC, CDPH and OSHA, as well as county/local-level advisories for any developments or changes. CDA is also:
What dentists should do
It is imperative that dentists continue to be vigilant on all safety measures and protocols. This includes:
Stay vigilant and be prepared
Staying the course on protocols will mitigate risk for you, your staff and your patients. CDA is here to support you in your practice efforts with your teams and your patients. Please visit our or contact us with any questions.
CDA will continue to keep you updated as information develops. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to your patients, your practice and the public’s health.
Richard Nagy, DDS
President, California Dental Association
Judee Tippett-Whyte, DDS
President-elect, California Dental Association