May 6, 2020: Governor Reynolds Issues Proclamation Allowing Dental Offices to Provide Non-Essential Services Beginning May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency that allows dental offices to resume elective dental care statewide, at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020.  The proclamation states the following:

A. A dentist and his or her dental staff may resume providing any dental services if the dentist complies with the following requirements:

(1)  All dental services are provided in compliance with the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020.

(2)  The dentist has adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles to comply with the Guidance for Returning to Work During COVID-19.

(3)  The dentist has a plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.

B. The performance of any dental procedures except in compliance with paragraph A continue to be prohibited.

C. This order shall be enforced by Iowa Dental Board investigators or their designees who, pursuant to Iowa Code § 153.33(1)(b), shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this order.

Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice, adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020 can be found here.