CDC Updates Dental Settings Guidance During COVID-19, Again

On Aug. 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again updated its Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. This updated guidance helps give clarifies the previous interim guidance and offers the following:

  • Provides a section for routine delivery of care during the pandemic and a second section for delivery of care recommendations for patients with suspected or known COVID-19
  • Offers a reminder for dental health care professionals of transmission risks outside of patient care areas
  • Offers clarification on engineering controls for open bay operatories, reprocessing treatment areas between patients and alternative disinfection methods

The last dental update for Pennsylvania was the August 13, 2020 PA Health Alert Network (PAHAN) regarding Exposure to COVID-19 in the Dental Care Settings.