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Guidance, resources and tools to help dental teams practice safely during the pandemic.
In July, California-licensed dental professionals whose licenses expire in July and August were given through Dec. 1 to complete their required C.E. according to a waiver issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The DCA on Aug. 27 issued a new waiver giving licensed dentists, RDHs and RDAs through Feb. 27, 2021, to complete the required C.E. and testing for license renewal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends that dental care personnel “wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces.”
After reviewing tests showing that authorized respirators manufactured in China can “vary in their design and performance,” the FDA chose to remove certain products from its list of respirators that can be decontaminated for reuse during the current public health emergency.
Hygienists are considered employees of the practice and should be eligible for any of the above leaves of absence if they meet the eligibility requirements of the policy.
Use this COVID-19 Addendum to the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan to ensure you're in compliance.
Employers may use this form to request an employee document recovery from COVID-19 and their ability to return to work.
Guidance on employment concerns related to rehiring laid off or terminated employees, wages.
Additional COVID-19 resources on employment and paid sick leave.
Answers to common questions about unemployment insurance benefits.
With various forms of COVID-19 tests available, it is important to understand how each type works, what results can tell (or not tell) a provider and how reliable test results can be. It is important to note that testing can be a valuable tool to assist dentists to determine the COVID-19 status of patients, but due to current availability and reliability rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that test results be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation and screening protocols to assess patient health.
How to support employees who must miss work to take care of their children due to school or daycare closures, including options for paid and unpaid leave.
How to handle employees who are reluctant or unwilling to return to work.
The information provided on this site is based on the most current information and data available to CDA. The contents of the site will be updated as new information and data emerges. The site provides sample written plans and forms to assist a dental practice in compliance with COVID-19 return to care protocols. It is designed to provide practical information in a summarized manner in regard to the subject matter covered. These guidelines are intended to help dental practices lower (but not eliminate) the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the current pandemic. Dental practices should not presume that following the guidelines will insulate them from liability in the case of infection.
The material provided is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. Neither the California Dental Association (CDA) nor any of its subsidiaries or its attorneys assume liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. Neither CDA nor its subsidiaries shall be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from your use of the information contained in this site.
Reproduction, distribution, republication, and/or retransmission of material contained within this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from CDA is obtained. May 2020.