Friday, Mar 27, 2020
Nine counties in California, including San Mateo County, have issued a legal order to shelter in place effective March 17 at 12:01am until April 7. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Please see the attached order.
March 27, 2020
CDA Webinar: Covid-19 & Your Practice – Recent Updates and HR Guidance
This webinar will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practices, including the implications of the federal relief bill, H.R. 6201.
Small Business Interruption Loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
HR for Health Webinar: Vital Updates from the Department of Labor about H.R. 6201
TDIC Webinar: Dental Practice Financial Management During COVID-19
EPA releases expanded list of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
CARES Act Small Business Interruption Loans
March 26, 2020
CARES Act passes Senate, will provide targeted relief for dentists, dental teams once signed
ADA COVID-19 Coding and Billing Interim Guidance
The ADA had previously disseminated guidance on use of the teledentistry codes. (D9995 and D9996 – ADA Guide to Understanding and Documenting Teledentistry Events). The following guide is intended to help dental offices navigate issues related to coding and billing for virtual appointments during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
March 25, 2020
Message from CDA President to the Dental Community
ADA Financial Resources
Resources to help you with:
March 23, 2020
Coronavirus response act takes effect April 2, expands FMLA and paid sick leave requirements
CDA clarifies recommendations around ‘life-threatening’ dental emergencies
San Mateo County - Is seeking the following supplies below. Contact email@example.com with information about what you're offering and they'll arrange to pick supplies up from your home. All materials are for county hospitals and facilities that are handling Covid-19 related health issues.
♦ N95 masks
♦ Surgical masks
♦ Face shields
♦ Hand sanitizer
The ADA News (3/20, Burger) reported that on March 20, the ADA posted an on-demand webinar, which offers “answers to frequently asked questions about infection control in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The webinar, COVID-19 Infection Control Protocols & Procedures, is in partnership with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention.
OSHA Guidance Summary: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
March 20, 2020
CDA Recorded Webinar
This webinar addresses some of the most frequently asked questions posed by CDA members related to managing their dental team as the result of COVID-19 practice interruptions. The presenter, Ali Oromchian, Esq, is one of the nation’s leading dental lawyers.
ADA Lobbies Congress on Third Coronavirus Bill
Small Business Assistance
♦The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing
♦Dentists need to contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the loans, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
This blog is updated daily as new information comes in. It also includes information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
March 19, 2020
CDA is asking state officials for clear COVID-19 guidance
Senate passes coronavirus legislative package
ADA develops guidance on dental emergency, nonemergency care
Read the publication
March 18, 2020
Shelter-in-place: What does it mean for dentists?
Residents of nine counties in California are now under orders to shelter-in-place for three weeks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The orders took effect the morning of March 17 in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, which currently have the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
Late afternoon Tuesday, Monterey and Sonoma counties became the latest counties to issue shelter-in-place orders. Sacramento and Yolo counties plus the city of Davis stopped short of issuing legal orders Tuesday but asked residents to "only leave their homes for essential purposes."
What do the orders, which are enforceable by law, mean for dentists who practice in one of those counties?
• Dentists and other health care providers are considered essential personnel and are exempt from the order to shelter-in-place.
• Likewise, individuals who require essential health care services are exempt from the order to shelter-in-place and may leave their work or residence to obtain care. According to the order, that exemption is "applied broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare."
Although dentists who reside in the nine counties are exempt from the order to self-isolate in their place of residence and are allowed by law to continue the practice of dentistry during the order's enforcement, the California Dental Association urges California dentists to voluntarily suspend non-urgent or non-emergency dental care until at least March 29 per guidance the association issued March 15.
CDA's guidance is intended to help "flatten the curve" of new coronavirus infections and is aligned with the most recent state and federal guidance, including Gov. Gavin Newsom's recommendation that seniors age 65 and older and individuals with heart or lung disease self-isolate at home for 14 days. The governor on March 15 also strengthened social-distancing practices, asking night clubs in the state to close and restaurants and breweries to limit their service to delivery and take-out.
The ADA on March 16 issued guidance similar to CDA's, calling on dentists nationwide to "postpone elective procedures in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, across the country."
Determining urgent or emergency care
Dentists throughout California, including the current nine counties under the shelter-in-place order, should proceed with providing dental treatment if:
• A patient is in pain.
• Infection is present.
• Nontreatment would severely inhibit normal operation of a patient's teeth and mouth or negatively impact their health in the next three to six months. Dentists have the jurisdiction to use their professional judgment on treatments that meet the latter requirement.
Patients who have received recent treatment requiring the removal of sutures would also be considered appropriate for treatment.
CDA asks dentists to delay all other treatments until the COVID-19 crisis has eased.
Returning to work
If the current shelter-in-place order ends April 7, dentists in the nine counties will still want to assess the risks of returning to work and consider continued local, state and federal guidance. If public health officials see positive indications of slow disease spread and possible containment, the recommendations for social distancing may ease, as might the demand for face masks and other personal protective equipment needed for health care personnel who are responding to and treating COVID-19 patients.
Find CDA Practice Support FAQ on dental office closures, employee and sick leave and more at CDA's regularly updated COVID-19 information center for dentists.
March 16, 2020
Six counties in the Bay Area, including San Mateo County, have issued a legal order to shelter in place effective March 17 at 12:01am until April 7. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Please see the attached order.
Please utilize these links for San Mateo County Public Health, California Public Health and CDC updates.
San Mateo County Public Health
California Department of Public Health
If your staff has questions about not working, please utilize the California Labor Law and Employment Development Department links. Your staff may file for unemployment benefits due to reduced hours, office closures, or caring for a child due to school closures. This refers to hourly and salaried employees.
California Labor Law FAQs
Employment Development Department/Unemployment inquires for reduced hours or caregiving for school closures. Please provide your staff with a letter of reduced hours or shut down verification to submit to EDD when they file for unemployment.
Please continue to visit the CDA website for frequent updates.
If you have opted out of CDA emails in the past - you can opt back in to emails using the link below.
The dental society office staff will be working remotely until the order has been lifted. We will have access to the office phone lines (650) 637-1121 & (650) 637-1131 and our email boxes.
Nakia Brandt, Executive Director – email@example.com –
Jim Aicardi, Operations Specialist & CPR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Aicardi, Membership Specialist & Event Coordinator email@example.com
We will continue to send resources and updates as we receive them