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Updated CDC Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

On May 21, 2020 the CDC posted updates to its Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Recommendations are provided for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New information is included regarding facility and equipment considerations, sterilization and disinfection, and considerations for the use of test-based strategies to inform patient care.
  • Expanded recommendations for provision of dental care to both patients with COVID-19 and patients without COVID-19.

To view a more comprehensive summary of the updated guidance prepared by GDA staff, please click here

In addition to their updated guidance, the CDC hosted a Guidance for Dental Settings During COVID-19 Response webinar on Wednesday, June 3 where presenters provided an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters also discussed strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE).

Once again, please note that the CDC's updates serve as clinical guidance/recommendations and do not carry the weight of law like an Executive Order from the Governor. However, as with all such previous guidance, GDA member dentists should continue to exercise their best clinical judgment when providing their full scope of dental treatment, taking into account their individual circumstances and supply of PPE so as to ensure the safety of their patients and staff.  

ADA Interim Return to Work Toolkit

As dentists consider reopening practices, ADA offers a Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit to help practices take measures before, during and after patient appointments to protect dentists, patients and staff.

ADA Toolkit

Georgia Department of Public Health Implements Contact Tracing Program to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The Georgia Department of Public Health is implementing a contact tracing program called Healthy Georgia Collaborative to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of the program is to manage the amount of people who have been exposed to the disease and to limit further exposure. The process starts when a confirmed COVID-19 case is reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH then identifies and reaches out via call or text to those individuals who have come into close contact with the confirmed case to assess and manage any symptoms due to exposure. Exposed individuals are recommended to isolate themselves for fourteen (14) days while DPH monitors their symptoms. All information collected is provided voluntarily and will be kept confidential according to HIPPA standards. For more information, please view the resources below.

DPH Contact Tracing Video

COVID-19 Contact Tracing FAQ

DPH Website

CDC’s Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Use an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19.
 
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