COVID-19 General Information
May 8, 2020: COVID-19 Update: Dental Offices Allowed to Return to Practice
Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency that allows dental offices to resume elective dental care statewide, at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020. The proclamation states the following:
A. A dentist and his or her dental staff may resume providing any dental services if the dentist complies with the following requirements:
(1) All dental services are provided in compliance with the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020.
(2) The dentist has adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles to comply with the Guidance for Returning to Work During COVID-19.
(3) The dentist has a plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.
B. The performance of any dental procedures except in compliance with paragraph A continue to be prohibited.
C. This order shall be enforced by Iowa Dental Board investigators or their designees who, pursuant to Iowa Code § 153.33(1)(b), shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this order. Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice, adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020 can be found here.
April 27, 2020: COVID-19 Update: Non-Essential Dental Services Mandate Extended
Governor Reynolds issued a new Proclamation of Disaster Emergency. Section 11 extends the prohibition on nonessential dental services until 11:59 pm on May 15, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated by Governor Reynolds.
To view the press release in it's entirety, please visit https://dentalboard.iowa.gov/press-release/2020-04-27/covid-19-update-non-essential-dental-services-mandate-extended.
March 27, 2020: Clarification on Mandate to Cease Nonessential Dental Services
The proclamation for nonessential medical and dental services starts on March 27th at 5:00 p.m. and expires on April 16th at 11:59 p.m. If the proclamation expires as scheduled, this means routine patient care can resume on April 17th. There are some business closures in the proclamation that extend through April 7, 2020. Please note this is separate from the timeline for nonessential medical and dental services. A copy of our press release from yesterday, with the corrected expiry date of the proclamation, is available here.
March 27, 2020: Joint Board Statement regarding Hydroxychloroquine/ Chloroquine/ Azithromycin
The Iowa Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Physician Assistants, Dentistry and Pharmacy have recently received increased reports of prescriptions being issued for hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, and azithromycin for prophylactic purposes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Concerns have been raised that this activity may lead to stockpiling of medication, inappropriate use and potential drug shortages for patients with a legitimate need.
You may read the full press release here.
March 26, 2020: New Proclamation Continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration
Today, Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. As part of this proclamation, there is now a mandate for all dentists and their staff to refrain from performing elective dental procedures and nonessential or elective surgeries, effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020. Emergency dental services are still permitted. The Dental Board will issue additional guidance as needed in the coming days. The relevant provisions of the proclamation are copied below. A copy of the full proclamation can be found here.
The full press release from the Iowa Dental Board is available here.
March 24, 2020: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a list of disinfectants that may be used against SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus). The website indicates that the list will be updated as additional disinfectants meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. The list is available at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2. Additional EPA COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources are available at https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus.
Update on Correspondence
When possible, the Iowa Dental Board recommends that correspondence to the Board be submitted electronically. Email: IDB@iowa.gov.