COVID-19/Respiratory Illness

Flu season begins: In California, dentists can provide flu, COVID vaccines

The CDC recommends that individuals receive their flu vaccination in September or October. Some cities and counties in California mandate that certain health care workers, including workers in dental offices, receive the flu vaccine. 

August 31, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

California court rules employer did not discriminate against worker in COVID-vaccination termination case

California employers still can choose to mandate COVID-19 and flu vaccination for their workers with some potential exemptions. A recent California appeals court decision provides guidance for employers who choose to do so.

August 2, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California small businesses can apply now for state grant to reimburse costs related to COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Qualified California small businesses and nonprofit organizations that incurred costs for providing COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022, can apply now for up to $50,000 through the state's relief grant program. 

June 14, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Practice Management

Mask mandate ends for workers, patients and visitors in California’s health care settings

Patients, visitors and workers not performing clinical procedures are no longer be required to wear face masks in dental offices and other indoor health care settings in California as of April 3 per new guidance from the state Department of Public Health.

March 7, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Vaccination administration C.E. course for California dentists satisfies training requirement

New training specifically for California dentists focuses on COVID-19 vaccine administration, patient preparation and documentation and satisfies the 1 unit of C.E. dentists must complete to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

February 20, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Education and Events, News Articles, Online Learning, Practice Management

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations in effect: What dentists need to know

Cal/OSHA on Jan. 9, 2024, updated its COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations to include changes to definitions and testing recommendations, particularly related to isolation of cases and testing of close contacts.

January 5, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

CDA Journal editorial about emotional understanding in the dental office receives William J. Gies Editorial Award

“Sad or Mad: Fear and Loss of Control in the Pandemic,” an editorial by Kerry K. Carney, DDS, CDE, that appeared in the April 2021 Journal of the California Dental Association, is the first-place recipient of the 2021 William J. Gies Editorial Award.

October 17, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Patient Management

Weekly COVID testing mandate ends for unvaccinated health care workers in California

The California Department of Public Health on Sept. 17 ended the COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated health care workers and other individuals in high-risk settings, which include dental offices.

September 21, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

New COVID vaccination flyers and infographics for dental offices made possible through state grant

CDA announces new COVID-19 prevention and vaccine-confidence resources for use in the dental office, including infographics, flyers, vaccination scheduling language and discussion points. 

September 14, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Patient Care

Provider Relief Fund payments exceeding $10K and received in period 3 must be reported by Sept. 30, 2022

Dentists who received Provider Relief Fund payments during period 3 are required to use those funds on eligible pandemic-related expenses by June 30 and report the use of those funds July 1-Sept. 30 if the payments exceeded $10,000. 

June 8, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Practice Management

Dental personnel must continue to wear N95-equivalent or higher-level respirators during aerosol-generating procedures

When performing or involved with aerosol-generating procedures (open suctioning of airways, sputum induction and others), dental health care personnel should continue to wear NIOSH-approved N95, N95-equivalent or higher-level respirators. 

February 17, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Local dental society, community clinics successfully advocate to protect oral health care access

The Oakland City Council passed an ordinance that requires individuals ages 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter certain indoor places. Dental offices were included in the initial proposal, but the Alameda County Dental Society and local community clinics successfully advocated to have dental offices removed to protect everyone's access to essential dental care.

January 11, 2022 |Access to Care, Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles