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California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of patients during this pandemic, with active COVID-19 cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to the health care worker surge capacity necessary to meet this need.
The California Dental Association is working to adapt its recommendations to dentists in the most timely and accurate manner possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA's goals are to reflect the intent and purpose of guidance or directions from public health authorities to effectively "flatten the curve" and to navigate what that guidance means for dentists' care delivery and practice issues.
Summary The following statement reflects the deep concern of the California Dental Association's 27,000 members and all 36,000 licensed dentists in California for the health and safety of their patients, staff, families and communities:
Due to the increasing concerns and latest public health guidance related to the new coronavirus, CDA today made the difficult decision to cancel its continuing education convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, which was scheduled to take place May 14-16 in Anaheim. CDAâ€™s dentist-led board approved the decision.
As the facts and situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue to evolve, and in step with Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent declaration of a state of emergency in California, including the call for all seniors over the age of 65 and residents with chronic conditions to self-isolate at home, the California Dental Association is requesting the cooperation of all California dentists and issuing the following guidance.
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