There was another change to Directive 2020-09b overnight!
You will be able to provide “emergency” dental treatment to patients without need for COVID-19 testing. Instead, you are asked to follow the regular screening protocol for COVID-19.
This change came overnight without notification. They did not change the number of the directive. They only changed the date on the directive and modified section 6.1, on page 9. They eliminated the word “surgical” and added the last line. (Please see red print):
- DIRECTIVE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020-09b DIRECTIVE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO REGARDING REQUIRED BEST PRACTICES FOR DENTAL HEALTH CARE (PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTIVE) DATE OF DIRECTIVE: May 17, 2020 (updated May 18, 2020)
- 6.1. For patients or clients undergoing any aerosol generating procedure, the patient or client must be tested for a current SARS-CoV-2 infection between 0-7 days before the scheduled aerosol generating procedure (which can be a rapid test, if available, the day of the procedure), with the results being reported to or shared with the Dental Care Service before the procedure if the test is not performed by the Dental Care Service. The test should be performed as close to the day of the procedure as possible. This test is in addition to the screening requirements on the day of the scheduled procedure. A test is not required for other pre- or post-procedure care that does not include an aerosol generating procedure. A test is not required for emergency care so long as other precautions are taken to protect against the risk of transmission (such as patient screening and use of appropriate PPE).
- 6.2. Nothing in this Directive prohibits a Dental Care Service from requiring additional diagnostic or serology testing of a patient or client.
The city has also provided templates for Health and Safety Plans for all other businesses except dentistry.
We will continue to inform you of any changes we become aware of.
Thank you for your continued support,