New mask guidance takes effect April 3, 2023.
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Patients, visitors and workers not performing clinical procedures will no longer be required to wear face masks in dental offices and other indoor health care settings in California beginning April 3 per new guidance from the state Department of Public Health.
New training specifically for California dentists focuses on COVID-19 vaccine administration, patient preparation and documentation and satisfies the 1 unit of C.E. dentists must complete to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.
The new year always brings new laws for employers in California, and 2023 is no exception for dental practices. The laws run the gamut of employment concerns. Many took effect Jan. 1, while others allow a grace period to fully comply. Many affect employers of every size.
Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations took effect Feb. 3, replacing the most recent version of the emergency temporary standards that California dentists have been complying with since May 2022.
Counties in California have strongly recommended masking for the general public in recent weeks, and more counties may follow suit as COVID-19 cases surge in communities this winter. Dentists should stay informed of ordinances and guidance from their local health department.
Workers in California dental offices are no longer required to quarantine after a close-contact exposure with someone who has COVID-19 if the exposed worker is asymptomatic and does not test positive, according to updated state guidance.
“Sad or Mad: Fear and Loss of Control in the Pandemic,” an editorial by Kerry K. Carney, DDS, CDE, that appeared in the April 2021 Journal of the California Dental Association, is the first-place recipient of the 2021 William J. Gies Editorial Award.
The California Department of Public Health on Sept. 17 ended the COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated health care workers and other individuals in high-risk settings, which include dental offices.
CDA announces new COVID-19 prevention and vaccine-confidence resources for use in the dental office, including infographics, flyers, vaccination scheduling language and discussion points.
Two significant updates on COVID-19 quarantining and at-home testing have occurred in the last week with potential impact on dental practices and staff.
Masks are still required in health care settings, including dental offices. But what is the cost to your business if you fail to impose masking in your practice?
The CDPH now recommends that vaccinated workers in high-risk settings be tested for COVID-19 immediately following a “close-contact” exposure and again three to five days after the exposure. The final version of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS will take effect May 7 and end Dec. 31, 2022.