The Prime Minister has announced that:
During this time, the guidelines for oral health services at COVID-19 alert level 4 remain in place.
The Ministry of Health has recently updated its risk assessment questions for patients with an unknown COVID-19 status, and the criteria for a higher index of suspicion. The updates are to strengthen those areas where people may have a higher potential risk of being infectious due to their nature of work or recent movements.
We have incorporated these changes into the guidelines for oral health services for alert level 4.
The updated patient risk assessment now includes new questions relating to the following risk factors -
Has the patient:
These changes are reflected in the guidelines across pages 5-16, which includes a new overview diagram and table in Appendix 1 - summarising the patient risk groups and associated PPE and room requirements.
We trust that these updates will alleviate the recent concern expressed about some of the potential increased risk areas in this forever-changing environment.
We know that this continues to be a difficult time for practitioners, your whānau and staff. Please take care of yourself and those close to you.
Kia noho haumaru, stay safe!
Andrew Gray(Chair) & Marie Warner(CE)