Alaska dentists say state testing mandate will hurt field

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Dentists in Alaska said their business may be hurt by a state mandate requiring patients to have a negative test result for the coronavirus within 48 hours of an elective procedure.

    Alaska Public Media reported the testing requirements cover non-emergency procedures generating aerosols, floating airborne particles that can carry the virus, and are produced through the use of many dental tools.

    State health officials point to federal guidelines that state dentists are at high risk of virus exposure.

    Dentists said they are already taking steps to practice safely and could start taking more patients without the testing mandate. 

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