4 recent COVID-19 updates in the dental industry

Rising cases of the delta coronavirus variant have led to new health mandates and changes in how dental practitioners operate.

Here are four recent COVID-19 updates to know:

  1. A July 26 California public health order will require all healthcare workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested regularly if unvaccinated starting Aug. 9.
  2. The Department of Veterans Affairs mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for 115,000 of its front-line healthcare workers, including dentists, beginning July 28. Workers must be vaccinated within eight weeks or face penalties.
  3. The CDC updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Settings to recommend that dental care providers only avoid aerosol-generating procedures for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If these procedures must be performed, the CDC recommended the procedure be performed in an airborne infection isolation room under certain safety precautions.
  4. The American Dental Association also updated its pandemic procedures for dental offices to mitigate risks of COVID-19. These include implementing safety plans for exposure control, conducting required Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazard assessments, and screenings for patients, staff and non-employees entering dental offices.

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