Routine Oral and Dental Care

Revised Interim Guidance: Provision of Routine Oral and Dental Care

On May 11, 2020, Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) guidance to limit oral and dental care to emergency and urgent oral and dental care needs was revised. IDPH recommends oral health providers resume the provision of routine oral and dental care consistent with this guidance for minimizing risk of transmission of COVID-19 in an oral health care setting.

Elective Surgeries and Procedures FAQ's

(clarifies and supersedes previous guidance related to elective surgeries)

Q: When may elective procedures begin?

A: May 11, 2020

Q: What is “operational capacity”?

A: It is the number of beds (medical/surgical or intensive care) the organization can staff.

Q: How do you define patients requiring testing for the purposes of this guidance?

A: Anyone admitted for a procedure in the operating room or a procedure requiring anesthesia, including, but not limited to, procedures of the upper respiratory/GI tracts with potential for aerosol generation

and

Anyone planned for an outpatient procedure in the operating room with the potential to involve general anesthesia or other aerosol generating procedures, such as procedures of the upper respiratory or GI tracts.

Local Health Departments with Open Oral and Dental Care Programs

Bond County Health Department

City: Greensville
Phone: (618)664-1442
Contact: Sean Eifert
Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes
Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted

Cass County Health Department

City: Virginia
Phone: (217)452-3057
Contact: Teresa Armstrong
Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes
Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted  7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; closed each day 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch.

Oral and Dental Care Guidance

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Your Oral Health

Be sure to make time for healthy activities like exercising, eating well, relaxing, connecting with family and friends on the phone or computer, and maintaining your oral health. These actions keep you and your immune system healthy.

Are dental offices allowed to be open?

Yes.  As of May 11, oral health providers were permitted to resume routine oral and dental care consistent with guidance to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Will I need to be screened for COVID-19 before visiting the dentist?

Dentists are encouraged to do a screening for symptoms by telephone 24 to 48 hours before your appointment.  The screening should be repeated upon your arrival at the office and your temperature checked by a non-contact thermometer.  If you are displaying symptoms or your temperature is over 100.0 F, your appointment should be rescheduled.

Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses

Practice Social Distancing

Pursuant to Executive Order, your employer must comply to the greatest extent feasible with social distancing requirements. This means that your employer should:

Considerations for Healthcare Providers in ANY Healthcare Setting

How to leave COVID-19 behind when you come home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states COVID-19 is typically transmitted through respiratory droplets. Providing patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic means you and your family are at risk for exposure. The ideas or recommendations below, are compiled from CDC guidance and describe how to limit the risk to your family as you return home at the end of your workday.

Guidelines on Hospital Emergency Preparedness During COVID-19

As Illinois and the country face the unprecedented public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are confronted with an extraordinarily high demand for health care services and must quickly implement actions to address the COVID-19 crisis. When health care providers are forced to operate at increased or full capacity, they must meet the needs of their individual patients and the collective needs of the community.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) mission includes preventing disease and injury, developing population-based strategies to address public health issues, and advocating for equitable health care treatment during a pandemic such as COVID-19. This guidance provides a description of the state’s emergency operation framework, an overview of standards of care during COVID-19, and an ethical framework for administering health care during a pandemic.

Notice of Privacy Practices for COVID-19 Testing

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Review it carefully.

This notice gives you information, as required by law, about the duties and practices of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to protect the privacy of your personal health information. Because IDPH provides you COVID-19 testing, IDPH receives and maintains personal health information about you. IDPH may contract with companies, other government agencies, or individuals to help provide these services to you; therefore, contractors also may receive and maintain your personal health information.

The Effective Date of This Notice is April 15, 2020. IDPH is required to follow the terms of this notice until it is replaced. IDPH reserves the right to change the terms of the notice at any time and will provide an updated notice of any such changes.

Releasing COVID-19 Cases from Isolation and Quarantine

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Cases

Must be isolated for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset (or specimen collection date if asymptomatic) and can be released when the following criteria are met:

  • Case is afebrile (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and with improvement of COVID-19 symptoms.

OR

  • Case Has 2 Negative COVID-19 PCR tests in a row, with specimens collected and testing done at least 24 hours apart

A test-based strategy is no longer recommended in the majority of cases. Consult with infectious disease physician.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness or who are severely immunosuppressed may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days; this may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset or first positive test (if no symptoms). Consult with the infectious disease physician.

COVID-19 - Elective Surgical Procedure Guidance

Current Status

During the COVID-19 pandemic, surgeries and procedures (collectively referred to as “procedures”) for life-threatening conditions or those with a potential to cause permanent disability have been and continue to be allowed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers (ASTCs) have deferred nonessential procedures to conserve resources for the care of COVID-19 patients. Some procedures that could reasonably be delayed for a time have now been postponed to the extent that potential harm could result from further delay. It is important to be flexible and allow facilities to provide care for patients needing non-emergent, non-COVID-19 health care.1

New Guidance

Beginning May 11, 2020, hospitals and ASTCs can begin to perform procedures, provided specific criteria have been met.

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