Coronavirus Resources

For resources regarding Personal Protective Equipment, please visit our PPE Resource page here.

For more information about dentists administering vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our Vaccine Resource page here

For a full list of past communications, please visit our Coronavirus Updates page here.

Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate

As of October 18, 2021, all healthcare providers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or must have a qualifying exemption, per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) rule. The rules define fully vaccinated as having received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The rules can be read here. View OHA’s FAQ on the rules here.

A few highlights of the rules:

  • Requires two doses of a two-dose vaccine, or one dose of a single dose vaccine—but states that employers can add additional requirements, such as a booster. compliance by Oct. 18, 2021 (but allows employers to require vaccination sooner than that)
  • Exemptions must be documented on an OHA form, or a similar form. OHA-created d documents are available on OHA's website here
  • The rules apply to all healthcare professionals in a healthcare setting, including office and administrative staff
Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate Resources

What are the latest requirements and recommendations for Oregon dental practices operating within the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many regulatory authorities have recently changed or updated their guidance and rules related to dental office requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the latest information, current as of April 1, 2022.

Oregon OSHA recently revised their COVID-19 rules. Previous requirements tying N95 respirator usage during Aerosol Generating Procedures to CDC COVID Community Transmission Levels have been eliminated. Providers are now directed to utilize CDC PPE optimization strategies, which take into account PPE availability, and provider discretion to determine appropriate PPE level for non-COVID positive patients. N95 respirators are no longer blanket-required for AGPs unless the patient is known or expected to be COVID-19 positive. Providers should always use N95 respirators when treating COVID-19 positive patients. Additionally, masks for all individuals in the dental office are still required.

Employers are required by OR-OSHA to screen and triage all individuals entering its healthcare setting for symptoms of COVID-19.

Providers should follow best practices, take due diligence to evaluate risk, and make good faith efforts to provide adequate protection to your employees. Document, document, document your decisions!
Please note: There are additional requirements of dental offices not included here, such as infection control plans and respirator programs. This summary is intended to provide a high-level overview of recent changes and frequently asked questions. Please review the full guidance for additional details. 

ADA and ODA Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

OHA and OR-OSHA Resources

Wellness Resources