COVID-19/Respiratory Illness


Provider Relief Fund payments exceeding $10K and received in period 3 must be reported July 1-Sept. 30

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

Gov. Newsom signs CDA-supported bills that help dentists respond to COVID-19 pandemic and protect dentists in future public health emergencies

Dental practices that have been harmed or disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic will find support through CDA-sponsored or supported bills signed into law in recent weeks by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Altogether, the governor signed 14 bills that help dentists practice better and expand access to oral health care.

October 22, 2021 |Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Legislation, News Articles

Governor signs legislation permitting California dentists to apply for licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the office

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. The new law also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

October 14, 2021 |Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Dental Practice & Licensing, Legislation, News Articles

California dentists can obtain required registration to conduct in-office rapid COVID-19 tests with signing of CDA-sponsored bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed CDA-sponsored legislation that gives California dentists permanent authority to provide influenza and COVID-19 vaccines and obtain the required state registration to process rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office.

September 16, 2021 |Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Legislation, News Articles

94% of California dentists vaccinated against COVID-19, CDA survey shows

A recent survey of practicing dentists in California shows that 94% of surveyed dentists are vaccinated against COVID-19, due in part to trustworthy COVID-19 vaccine resources published by CDA. The survey indicates that confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines is much higher among practicing dentists than it is among adults nationwide.

July 6, 2021 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Public Health

Historic annual state budget secures Prop 56 wins for oral health

The California Legislature approved a state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year that upholds the will of the voters when they passed the Proposition 56 tobacco tax in 2016. The budget makes significant investments in Medi-Cal Dental improvements, workforce development and coronavirus relief. 

July 1, 2021 |Access to Care, Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

CDA Journal earns award for issue focusing on dentistry and COVID-19

The October 2020 issue of the CDA Journal, which explores COVID-19 connections in oral health care and dentistry, has been awarded a Maggie Award in the category of Best Digital Edition or ePublication/Consumer, Trade, Association.

April 29, 2021 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Patient Care

Dentists in California, nationwide increasingly join COVID-19 vaccination efforts

CDA advocacy placed California ahead of the curve for enabling dentists to vaccinate individuals against COVID-19 when the Department of Consumer Affairs granted a public health emergency waiver on Jan. 4. Other states soon followed, passing legislation or issuing waivers and governors’ executive orders that allow dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

March 25, 2021 |Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles

Dental practice stability, vaccine scope expansion head CDA’s legislative priorities in 2021

COVID-19’s impact on dentistry remains a top advocacy priority for CDA, and a new bill that CDA is co-sponsoring with the California Medical Association would help to safeguard health care providers’ financial stability during future state emergencies like the current pandemic.

February 25, 2021 |Access to Care, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Legislation, News Articles

Partnerships, volunteerism shaping dentistry’s contribution to COVID-19 response

Organized dentistry is making it easier for dentists across California to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Local dental societies have been working with local health departments to get dentists and their staff members vaccinated, and dentists are volunteering their time and skills at vaccination clinics in their communities. 

February 17, 2021 |Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, News Articles, Public Health