Dental Health Provider Compliance

October 2020 Updates to the DEPG Assessment of a DEPG Provider/Employee with a COVID19 Exposure and Return to Work Analysis

CDC’s Revised Definition of Prolonged Contact

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the guidelines on what is considered a “close contact” exposure to a person infected with COVID-19. Previous CDC guidance stated that a close contact existed if a person was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 consecutive minutes. The CDC’s revised guidance now indicates that a close contact is considered to have occurred if a person was within six feet of an infected individual “for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.” According to the CDC , the time period for determining whether a close contact occurred is the period starting from two days before the infected person developed symptoms, and for asymptomatic persons, two days prior to test specimen collection, until the time the infected person is isolated.

What does this change mean to us at DEPG? Rather than simply determining if an employee was within six feet of an infected person for 15 or more consecutive minutes, under the CDC guidelines, Practice Leadership will work with Compliance to engage in a more detailed analysis to determine  if an employee was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

As we have been since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to keeping our Policies and Procedures aligned with the most updated CDC guidance. Attached is our additionally Revised Assessment of a DEPG Provider w potential exposure and Return to Work Analysis, revised on October 29,2020to reflect the latest CDC October update.

 


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