Important COVID-19 resources
Support and key resources to manage COVID-19 cases, exposure in the dental office.
California Public Health officials issued guidance on June 18 that mandates the use of masks or face coverings in most public settings statewide to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The guidance was amended on June 29 to clarify that children under two years old are exempt from wearing face coverings.
Guidance exemptions include individuals:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance regarding individuals who could be exempt from wearing a face covering, including people who have:
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not have any rules that specifically address face coverings in public; however, under Title III of the act, businesses must still consider reasonable modifications for people with disabilities.
Dental practices can provide reasonable accommodations by:
If a patient requests an accommodation for a disability that is not obvious, providers are permitted to request medical documentation. If the patient’s disability is apparent, additional information should only be requested if necessary.
Practice owners should ensure that staff are trained on assisting patients who request reasonable accommodations based on what the practice is able to provide.