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 |2023, COVID-19, 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 |2023, COVID-19, 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 |2023, COVID-19, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Practice Management

Mask mandate ends April 3 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 |2023, COVID-19, 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 |2023, COVID-19, Education, News Articles, Practice Management

California dentists will comply with a dozen new employment laws beginning in 2023

The new year always brings new laws for employers in California, and 2023 is no exception for dental practices. The laws run the gamut of employment concerns. Many took effect Jan. 1, while others allow a grace period to fully comply. Many affect employers of every size.

January 10, 2023 |2023, COVID-19, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

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 |2023, COVID-19, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Requirement to quarantine after close-contact COVID exposure ends for asymptomatic workers in high-risk settings

Workers in California dental offices are no longer required to quarantine after a close-contact exposure with someone who has COVID-19 if the exposed worker is asymptomatic and does not test positive, according to updated state guidance.

December 12, 2022 |2022, COVID-19, 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 |2022, COVID-19, 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 |2022, COVID-19, 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 |2022, COVID-19, News Articles, Patient Care

Repeat testing now recommended for negative at-home COVID-19 antigen test results

Two significant updates on COVID-19 quarantining and at-home testing have occurred in the last week with potential impact on dental practices and staff.  

August 18, 2022 |2022, COVID-19, Infection Control, News Articles