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Guidance & Regulations

Learn about employee leave, county-specific ordinances and treating symptomatic or COVID-positive patients.

Reporting Symptoms/Positive Test for COVID-19 Flowchart

Updated flowchart to guide through process of reporting symptoms/positive test for COVID-19.

COVID Addendum to the IIPP

Customize this sample plan to demonstrate compliance with Cal/OSHA regulations. It is an addendum to the dental Practice’s injury and Illness protection program. Updated Jun 2021.

How to Pay Staff During COVID-19 Related Absence

Covers how dentist employers must pay staff during a COVID-related illness, exposure or quarantine, time off to receive the vaccine or recover from complications of the COVID-19 vaccine, or to seek a diagnosis.

Reporting Symptoms or Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Information for implementing a mandatory vaccine policy and tools for managing and documenting information when a patient or employee reports symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19.

Required Notice of Potential Exposure to COVID-19

California employers must notify employees of potential exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite. This resource details the legal requirements and provides a template for the notice.

COVID-19 Employee Self-Certification to Return to Work

Employers may use this form to request an employee document recovery from COVID-19 and their ability to return to work. 

Face Coverings and Disability Accommodations

In an effort to help halt the spread of COVID-19, California Public Health Officials announced June 18th guidance for the use of facemask, and that mask or face coverings will be mandatory statewide in most public settings. 

Employers prohibited from requiring COVID-19 antibody testing in the workplace

The EEOC has prohibited employers from requiring employees to take a COVID-19 antibody test before returning to work. 

COVID-19 Testing Resources

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.