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COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

State Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Health Care Workers, Including Dental Offices

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a requirement for workers in private health care (including dental offices) and long-term care settings, in addition to most state workers, contractors, and volunteers, to be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021.

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See Proclamation 21-14
Sample Accommodation Forms

June 30 Reopening Update for Dental Offices

On June 30, Washington state entered the “Washington Ready” phase of COVID-19 reopening, which allows many sectors of public and private life to return to usual capacity and operations with some exceptions. Updated statewide facial covering requirements from the Secretary of Health also took effect.

As health care settings — which are exempted from many of the new reopening and masking guidelines — dental offices are still required to follow enhanced COVID-19 safety and masking requirements.

Masks are Still Required in All Health Care Settings, Regardless of Vaccination Status

Under the Secretary of Health’s updated mask order, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear masks in certain places, such as schools and health care settings. Read a press release from the Secretary of Health here and the full text of the updated mask order here.

The Department of Health has released this "When do you need your mask?" flyer, which you may find helpful to share with patients who ask about the continued masking requirements in your office.

Dental Offices Must Still Follow Proclamation 20-24.2

Health care settings, including dental offices, must continue to follow guidelines as outlined in Proclamation 20-24.2 “Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures,” which remains in effect as of June 30.

A detailed summary of Proclamation 20-24.2 is available for all WSDA members hereWashington Dentists: Not a member? Join WSDA today.

Proclamation Summary & Resources

ADA Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19

The ADA's new “Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19” toolkit walks dentists through necessary safety procedures including staff and patient screening, hazard assessments and cleaning protocols. This is an exclusive resource for ADA members and requires member login to access.

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​Recent COVID-19 Communications from WSDA

Please Note: As this is a rapidly evolving situation, information/links in these posts may become out of date. Please ​reference our business impacts and clinical guidance pages, and check your email frequently for the most current information.
  • Oct 28, 2021

    New PPE Group Purchase Order

    WSDA has partnered with bttn to host a new Washington State group order. Submit your order by Friday, Nov. 5.
  • Oct 26, 2021

    DOH Launches Power of Providers COVID-19 Initiative

    The Department of Health (DOH) launched the Power of Providers (POP) Initiative in July, with the goal of empowering health professionals across Washington to recommend the COVID-19 vaccination to their patients and clients. WSDA, along with over twenty other health care organizations and associations, signed on to the initiative.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    Dentists Should Apply for Provider Relief Fund ASAP

    The ADA is encouraging dentists to apply for the fourth phase of the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund as soon as possible ahead of the Oct. 26 deadline, according to ADA News.
  • Oct 7, 2021

    Workers’ Compensation For COVID-19

    As a result of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5190, it is now presumed that if a health care worker contracts an infectious disease that is the subject of a public health emergency, such as COVID-19, this transmission is the result of workplace activities.
  • Oct 1, 2021

    HHS Announces Availability of $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply now.
  • Sep 28, 2021

    PPE Stockpile Ends Oct. 25: Order Your No-Cost PPE Now

    All healthcare and long-term care facilities are encourage to order gloves, gowns, masks, respirators and other supplies from the PPE Stockpile as soon as possible. Access to this resource will end on Oct. 25.