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Source: https://covid19.sccgov.org/news-releases/pr-07-16-2021-bay-area-counties-recommend-masking-indoors-for-everyone?fbclid=IwAR310rPDq6TRmbjg67EEYXxLFtLQpMQxOIchhvywZLBM0cjFOU-bgpN8V5Q

Excerpt: With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.

“The Delta variant is spreading quickly, and everyone should take action to protect themselves and others against this potentially deadly virus,” said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose.

Bay Area Health Officers will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates throughout the region. Data can be monitored here: https://covid19.sccgov.org/dashboards

Visit www.sccfreevax.org to learn where you can find a vaccination site near you. If you missed your second dose, please find a vaccination clinic near you.

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  • Dr. Anna Yi

CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated people does not apply to health care settings

Please read the following article from the California Dental Association (CDA):



Masks and social distancing are still required in the dental office

Cal/OSHA has not yet updated its COVID-19 prevention regulations for fully vaccinated dental team members. As for now, dental practices should continue complying with Cal/OSHA regulations that require all dental team members to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when in the dental office. Additionally, respirators are still required in areas where aerosol-generating procedures are being performed.

Cal/OSHA is considering updating its regulations to align with CDC guidance, which allows fully vaccinated dental team members to socialize in breakrooms and conduct in-person meetings without wearing face coverings or social distancing. As for now, protocols for face coverings and social distancing should remain in place when in the breakroom except while an employee is eating and physically distant from others.

Dental practices should inform patients and visitors that the CDC’s recent mask guidance for fully vaccinated people does not apply to health care settings and that face coverings and social distancing are required while in the dental office. Social distancing protocols should be implemented in the waiting room with patients from different households.

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