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COVID-19 Information
 
May 27, 2020

Dear Members,

We hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend. It means a short work week for all, but we wanted to pass along some information and resources both new this week and worth repeating from last.

Take care and be well,


Vicki Wilbers
MDA Executive Director

NEW COVID-19 Hazard Assessment & Checklist

Just released last night as a companion to the Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit, ADA members can now access the COVID-19 Hazard Assessment. This guide and checklist are modeled after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Identification and Assessment, one of the elements of the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. It walks dentists through the evaluation of COVID-19 transmission risks in their practices, including factors such as local disease transmission rates, patient-and treatment-specific issues and facility considerations. These resources are designed for the specific needs of the dental profession and are available exclusively as a benefit of membership.
 

NEW Legal Answers To Your Employment Questions

Since reopening of practices, we’ve continued to receive questions related to employment laws and unemployment, such as: Do I need to let my malpractice carrier know we are returning? Do I need to have my employees sign that they won’t sue the dentist if they contract COVID? What do I say to an employee who is still concerned about returning? We’ve asked MDA legal counsel, Husch Blackwell, to tackle these and others and the result is this set of Legal Answers to Your Employment Questions, available to members only.
 

NEW Reopening Ingenuity Idea

Former MDA Editor, Dr. Robert Brunker, has shared an “Reopening Ingenuity” idea—a DIY UV light box to extend the safe usefulness of PPE. It joins other ideas on a webpage for this purpose. If you have something you’d like to share, send it to Melissa Albertson.
 

NEW CE: COVID-19 Response, CDC Guidance for Dental Settings

New webinar, Thursday, May 28 at 11am—Register Now! On May 19, the CDC released an updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. This guidance provides details for dental health care personnel as they begin to resume non-emergency care for patients. Considerations for prioritizing the most critical dental services and providing care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel from potential exposure to COVID-19 will be discussed. Panelists are Dr. Pamela Porembski, director of the ADA’s Center for Dental Practice, and OSAP experts Kathy Eklund and Eve Cuny. The live webinar can accommodate a maximum of 10,000 simultaneous attendees, but is being recorded. If you cannot attend the webinar live, please do not register, but instead wait for the recording to be posted on ADACEonline.org.
 

NEW CE: Rubber Dam 101

New webinar, Wednesday, June 3 at 1pm—Register Now! During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists have had to adjust their safety protocols. With the goal of minimizing transmission of the virus at the forefront, the use of rubber dams is an option. Review the advantages and basic armamentarium of using a rubber dam with Kathy Shafer, Assistant Clinical Dean at Southern Illinois University.
 

Virtual Connect4Success & Connect4Cash Happy Hour

Last week we announced this year’s Connect4Cash is going virtual on three consecutive Thursday evenings: June 11, 18 and 25 … and we’re excited to already have 30 members registered! Go online to see the full lineup of speakers/topics and to register. While it’s a completely free event, registration is required. A special event is planned for the last night, June 25, when right after the close of CE we take the ultra-fun Connect4Cash Raffle and turn it into a Boom-Zoom Happy Hour! Get your ticket here (just over half of the 100 we’ll sell remain, so hurry) and then tune in to see who wins as Paul Roberts counts us down to the $1,500 winner!
 

Paycheck Protection Program Updates

On May 15, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application, along with detailed instructions. The SBA also issued a statement indicating that it “will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.” In the meantime, and subject to that additional guidance, there are several important, immediate takeaways to highlight provided by MDA legal counsel, Husch Blackwell. In a May 20 letter, the ADA and more than 100 stakeholders urged Congress to overhaul the PPP to help align the program with states’ reopening and ensure more small businesses remain in operation.
 

California Offers Free Back to Practice Staff Training

The CDA COVID-19 Clinical Care Workgroup developed this complete Back to Practice Staff Training program to support dentists and teams to navigate the changed processes and protocols when returning to practice. While we realize many Missouri dentists already have reopened, we’re sharing this in case components of it—a CE course and downloadable resources—can be helpful to you. Learn more here.
 

ADA Offers Continued Guidance as Practices Resume Operations

The ADA has issued a new statement with the following key updates:
  • The ADA’s recommendation to postpone all except urgent and emergency procedures expired April 30 and was not renewed;
  • Dentistry has been elevated to #4 on FEMA’s priority list for PPE;
  • ADA continues to provide guidance to dentists via the ADA’s interim guidance issued in April
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an interim guidance for dental settings in May; and,
  • The ADA has been cited in many news stories related to COVID-19—most recent stories appeared on ABCNews.com and CBSNews.com. To date information from the ADA has appeared in more than 2,762 news stories with an audience reach of 3.08 billion. 
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