Masking requirement continues in California health care settings.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 15 issued an emergency use authorization for the first over-the counter at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19. It's first test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, that can be used completely at home without a prescription.
Dental professionals will be included in the state’s first-phase distribution of COVID-19 vaccine shots. CDPH expects that all essential health care workers identified in Phase 1a will receive their first dose of the vaccine by the end of January 2021.
The manufacturer of a decontamination system used to decontaminate certain N95 respirators for health care personnel received a warning notice last week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “failure to comply with regulatory requirements for medical device reporting.”
The American Dental Association has released a COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit to aid dentists who are interested in incorporating rapid point-of-care testing in their practice. To assist members with California-specific requirements, CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup will release additional POC testing guidance next month.
Three California dentists discuss how HHS' Provider Relief Fund payments have helped them cover COVID-19-related expenses and revenue loss. Two of the dentists applied for Phase-3 add-on payments.
Dental assistants and dental hygienists in California who have not been able to complete their RDA and RDH programs and therefore take the required examinations and obtain their licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions now have additional time to satisfy the exam requirements.
New legislation now requires all California employers to provide emergency paid sick leave to qualified employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Plus, the U.S. Department of Labor has revised the FFCRA paid sick leave regulations.
Individuals and small-business owners should watch for suspicious or unexpected emails that appear to be from the Small Business Administration or that direct the recipient to the SBA’s website for COVID-19 relief.
CDA this week took a support position on legislation that would help to protect public health officers in California from threats and attacks by requiring that their personal information be kept confidential.
Sen. Richard Pan, who is also a practicing pediatrician, introduced Senate Bill 483 in response to the escalating personal threats made against public health officers throughout the state.