The announcement made from the Prime Minister earlier this afternoon is that:
The key measures for COVID-19 alert level 2 in Auckland relate to limits to social gatherings of Aucklanders and the wearing of masks in public. Specifically:
Practitioners and their staff should follow the rules on social gatherings and wearing of masks, as per the government’s instructions. As these changes relate to public measures, no changes are considered necessary to the alert level 2 guidelines for oral health care provision.
If you practise in the Auckland region (Auckland Council Area), the COVID-19 alert level 2 guidelines for oral health services, dated 24 August 2020, will apply from 11:59pm 30th August.
This means for low risk patients all routine oral health treatment can proceed following assessment of the patient’s COVID-19 risks. You can provide only urgent or emergency care for patients who fall into the high risk category as defined in the guidelines.
Robust patient assessment to determine the risk for COVID-19 will be key, and practitioners are encouraged to confirm that these processes are up-to-date, followed and any potential risks managed effectively.
If a low risk patient has respiratory symptoms, consider whether treatment can be deferred until the patient has recovered. If treatment cannot be deferred:
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep New Zealand safe!
Andrew Gray & Marie Warner
Chair & Chief Executive