Amended guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health directs hospitals and healthcare facilities to test patients for COVID-19 five days prior to an elective surgery.
A New York State Department of Health advisory says it is critical for medical providers to continue delivering services, specifically routine preventive and follow-up care, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When resuming elective outpatient surgeries and non-urgent procedures, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic and treatment centers must follow guidance issued by NYSDOH.
When dental practices return to more standard care, they’ll have to do so while mitigating the spread of the virus. The ADA’s Interim Mask and Face Shield Guidelines are available to help them prioritize the safety of patients, dentists and staff as long as COVID-19 infection remains a risk.