CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

 

This page is to assist Seventh District Members with current information from ADA and NYSDA Guidance, the Center for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 / 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

 

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

Last updated: June 3, 2020

 

Digital Events | Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. CT: How to Handle Employee Issues As You Reopen – Ask Me Anything. Register for Thursday’s webinar.

Digital Events | Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. CT: Caries Management Using Non-Restorative Procedures in Times of COVID-19. Register for the June 11 webinar.


Update | NEW Watch: HPI polling identifies positive signs for dentists in third week of “reopening” (Video)

Update | NEW Watch the “COVID-19 Response: CDC Guidance for Dental Settings” webinar on demand

Update | NEW When a Patient Tests Positive for COVID-19

Update | NEW Contact Tracing: Stemming the Spread of COVID-19

Update | NEW Contact Tracing and HIPAA Disclosures

Update | COVID-19 Hazard Assessment & Checklist

Update | OSHA Guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers

 


ADA News | NEW CDC guidance for dental settings echoes ADA guidance (06/02/2020)

ADA News | NEW House passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (05/28/2020)

ADA News | NEW HPI polling shows dental practices recovering as states reopen (05/26/2020)

ADA News | Crest + Oral-B provide $250,000 grant to support ADA new dentists and their teams (05/15/2020)

 Handling Stress During a Pandemic:

NYSDOH guidance

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued the attached COVID-19 guidance for dental offices.  This guidance further explains Governor Cuomo's executive order 202.8 that limited dental offices to providing emergency dental services. NYSDOH has explained the parameters of what are considered emergency services in New York.  Please refer to this NYSDOH guidance document as your primary reference source on what dentists can do through April 19, 2020.

The American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association have also recommended that dentists postpone elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist in “flattening the curve” of the spread of the disease.

At this time, we do not know what the statewide spread of the virus will be in April or what the availability of personal protective equipment will be, which will impact the Governor’s decision to extend or lift executive order 202.8.  NYSDA will be working with the Governor and NYSDOH to recommend a course of action that will protect you, your staff, and your patients.  The NYSDOH guidance was shared and reviewed with NYSDA, and represents the considered public health expert recommendations in New York as to how to define currently allowable procedures in dental offices under executive order 202.8.  Dentists should use their professional clinical judgment in evaluating those cases they consider urgent.  If there is any clinical uncertainty as to the NYSDOH guidance on urgent dental care, both NYSDA and the ADA have clinical experts available to provide assistance to members. Also attached is an ADA guidance on urgent care..

 

 The N​ew York State Dental Association ​is following all developments as they arise in regards to COVID-19. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information is changing frequently. Find important links, resources, and guidance regarding COVID-19 below. You may also access information from the New York State Department of Health or call their novel coronavirus hotline for advice at: 1-888-364-3065.

The emergence of a new infectious disease reemphasizes the importance of vigilance relative to all aspects of infection control for Dental Healthcare Workers. Dental specific infection control during COVID-19 information may be referenced on the CDC website. 

Most Recent Practice Guidance

Governor Cuomo's most recent executive order extends his existing mandate directing schools and nonessential businesses stay closed through May 15. He will re-evaluate this at the end of that period. Please note -- the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health continue to remain in effect during this period.

View Practice Guidance

Available Resources

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Something not covered in the topics above? Still have a question? We've got you covered. Reach out to us at  or 1.800.255.2100​.

 The Coronavirus and Employment Law: What does this mean for your dental office?

NYSDA has partnered with Feldman Kieffer law firm to bring you ​this on-demand webina​r.

This webinar is available on-demand -- the content has been pre-recorded and is available to view at your convenience.

Matthew S. Feldman, Esq. from Feldman Kieffer will cover:
    -- Protecting employees from COVID-19 exposure.
    -- Addressing a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.
    -- Managing employee-leave during the pandemic.  (Families First Coronavirus Act)
    -- Cost-saving strategies to mitigate the loss of workforce.
    -- Resources to recover financial losses caused by the pandemic.

This webinar is only available to NYSDA members. Log in is required for viewing.

VIEW WEBINAR

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER:

Governor Cuomo's most recent executive order changes the recommendation that dental offices only respond to emergency services to a NYS mandate. This executive order is in effect through April 19, 2020. This date is subject to change based on further direction from governmental agencies.

As of Sunday, March 22, you will be in violation if you are treating anything other than emergencies in your office, and can be subject to a fine. 

Governor Cuomo's Executive Order