Masking requirement continues in California health care settings.
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The California Dental Association is distributing approximately 25,000 personal protective equipment kits to licensed dentists in California. The critical supply of masks, face shields and gowns is from California’s pandemic response stockpile and was made available to CDA by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The state of California procured large supplies of surgical masks and other PPE, which are in short supply through traditional, commercial distribution channels, by contracting directly with manufacturers and is now making this supply available to health care providers statewide.
The following is a statement from Richard Nagy, DDS, president of the California Dental Association.
Given the fiscal situation of California, CDA stands ready to work with the governor’s administration and the state Legislature to find sustainable ways to continue supporting critical oral health access programs such as the Medi-Cal Dental Program and the CalHealthCares Student Loan Repayment Program. One of the significant lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is to not overlook and underfund public health programs, as we know the cost of doing so is tremendous.
The Dentists Insurance Company has announced premium refunds to policyholders in 15 states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely impacted the practice of dentistry. Shelter-in-place mandates have limited dentistry in many states to the treatment of urgent and emergency patients only.
The California Dental Association applauds the California Department of Public Health's directive calling for all dental practices in California to suspend dental care with the exception of emergencies. CDA strongly advocated for the state to provide clear and specific guidance for dental professionals and the public regarding protocols that align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The April 2020 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the dentist's role in identifying possible sleep-related breathing disorders in their patients.
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