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Urgent Announcement!



Dear Patients,

I hope this letter finds you and your families all doing well, as we continue to cope and manage through the COVID-19 pandemic.
My office staff has recently received many questions from patients inquiring about the new CDC mask guidelines and also the new State of Florida mask mandates. The main question asked is: “Do patients still need to wear a mask when visiting a dental office?” I’d like to take a moment to clarify how these new guidelines and mandates apply to a dental office setting. The State of Florida mandate is an easy one to address since it does not apply to private businesses. A dental practice is a private business and therefore, the mandate does not apply. Meanwhile, the CDC’s updated Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, issued May 13, 2021, does not apply to healthcare settings (like a dental or medical office, a hospital or a nursing home). The CDC’s latest recommendations are intended to be guidance for the general public, but are not intended to be healthcare guidance. So, while people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks in most places, they still need to wear a mask in healthcare settings and especially in a dental office. These environments require additional precautions in order to protect vulnerable patient populations and staff members.
In our office, my staff and I have always been meticulous with our sterilization and cleaning protocols. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we incorporated additional measures, backed by science, and recommended by the American Dental Association, the CDC and OSHA. We value our family of patients and our staff members and we want to be sure we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for everyone. So at this time, we will continue to ask screening questions prior to your visits, ask you to wait in your car to limit patients in the reception area, take your temperature upon your arrival and escort you directly to your operatory for your appointment. And yes, we ask that you wear your facemask while in our office, even if you are fully vaccinated. We hope that these measures will soon be phased out as more and more people are vaccinated and the COVID-19 pandemic fades. We urge those that are eligible, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and hopefully we can return to a better sense of normalcy in the near future.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you may have with regards to these office policies and protocols.

Best regards,

Dr. Ed de la Paz and Staff