NEW 3-10-22 CDC Update on Masking
to determine the level of transmission in your county. In substantial to high transmission areas, there have been no changes to source control measures. Per CDC, in areas with "low to moderate" transmission levels:
Healthcare workers who are up to date with all COVID-19 vaccine doses may choose to not wear a mask when in non-patient contact areas. In situations where there is patient contact, all healthcare workers need to mask.
MDH has indicated there are no changes currently planned regarding CDC guidance on masking by healthcare workers in patient contact situations, regardless of vaccination status. Some patients may refuse to mask in your facility due to recent changes in requirements in other facilities, airports, schools, etc. If a patient refuses to mask, use your best judgment on how to remedy the situation based on your patient-doctor relationship. Board of Dentistry rule
indicates that CDC infection control guidance needs to be utilized in dental clinics.
This is a statewide requirement for all healthcare facilities. Dental clinics should remain aligned with medical facilities until further notice.
- Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings
- Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings (Call Slides)
On December 27, 2021, CDC updated isolation and quarantine guidance for the community.
These updates are not intended to apply to healthcare settings. CDC’s recommendations for healthcare personnel remain what are posted in the following guidance document, which were updated on December 23, 2021. An infographic included on these pages summarizes the key recommendations for work restriction for healthcare personnel with SARS-CoV-2 infection or with exposure to someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
The CDC document from December 2020 stated that dental personnel should avoid aerosol-generating procedures for all patients, regardless of known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection status. Now the document states that dental healthcare personnel should avoid aerosol-generating procedures for patients with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, if possible.
Update on Temperature Screening 3/11/21
Since many of the healthcare systems are no longer taking temperatures, the Board is no longer requiring the taking of temperatures on patients and employees. The Board still requires screening your patients and staff members with questions regarding symptoms of COVID infection and exposure. You may use your own form or there are many template forms online. You may also do an oral screening as long as it is documented.