Board Update Week of June 15, 2020
CDC Interim Guidance
This week, the CDC updated its Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings during the COVID-19 Response. Key changes include:
- The recommendation to wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces has been removed.
- The time period recommended for patients to inform the dental clinic if they develop symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19 following a dental appointment has been changed to 2 days to align with CDC’s Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure Guidance.
- Clarifying language has been added to Engineering Controls.
* Please note that these changes are recommendations only. Dental offices in Iowa are currently required to adhere to the Board's Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice (see below).
Infection Control Resource
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has released a guide titled Best Practices for Infection Control in Dental Clinics During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice
The Board's Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice, required by Governor Reynolds' Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, are still in effect for dental offices in Iowa. The proclamation is currently set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 25, 2020. An update will be provided on the status of this requirement next week. The guidelines and all FAQ documents related to these guidelines can be found here: https://dentalboard.iowa.gov/covid-19-updates/boards-guidelines-safe-transition-back-practice-faqs
Renewal for dentists starts on July 1, 2020. More information will be sent next week.