As CDA explained in an email sent to members on Jan. 7, the guidance being issued by multiple federal, state and local agencies remains confusing and complicated, and the confusion and disruptions are expected over the next several weeks until the current omicron surge wanes.
CDA is committed to providing members the most up-to-date and accurate information as it becomes available. Here is what we know right now:
What that means for dentistry is that we do not yet have updated or specific return-to-work guidance from CDPH for dental practices. However, CDA is working with the state dental director, Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH, to obtain the needed guidance, which is currently under review, though no release date has been announced.
In anticipation of guidance being released, dental practices are advised to continue utilizing existing return-to-work protocols for COVID infection and exposures. CDA offers several resources to assist with navigating the current environment, including the Reporting Symptoms/Positive Test for COVID-19 Flowchart. Please note that we anticipate the new CDPH guidance in the coming days and resources will be modified accordingly.
We also know that other elements of the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards that go into effect Jan. 14 do still apply. Practice owners are advised to document all changes they are making to attempt to comply with these standards as soon as practicable. Please continue reading for additional information on what you can do now to comply with these ETS requirements.
As noted above, CDA is working closely with the state dental director to understand CDPH’s process for issuing return-to-work guidance for dentistry and to ensure members have clear direction on what they must do to practice safely and in compliance in California.
However, we also anticipate additional shifts in regulatory guidance as governmental entities respond to new information and mounting questions from the public and health care providers. CDA will continue to keep members up to date as information becomes available.
CDA members are encouraged to review the following information and implement policies and procedures as appropriate:
Specifically, employers should be aware of the following changes in the Cal/OSHA ETS, which are unlikely to be affected by upcoming CDPH guidance:
CDA will ensure that all information shared is as accurate and useful as possible. We are working to reduce the confusion in the government guidelines and create tools to help practices manage workplace infection, staffing questions and patient management.
We will provide updated tools and resources to assist compliance with the Cal/OSHA ETS and CDPH guidance once the dental-relevant guidance is issued. Please watch for additional information in the CDA newsroom and through CDA’s social media channels.
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