A Message from David Downs, DDS, 2020 WLADS President
Hello WLADS,

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to all of you. I sincerely hope you are all surviving in this very strained, very uncomfortable environment caused by the coronavirus. After personally having a very productive 2019, I, like you, could never have envisioned that I would find myself in this position of not knowing when I can return to work. My wife and I have stayed at home and have “finished” Netflix.

If you know me, it’s clear that I enjoy the profession of dentistry. Most of us miss our office environments and the daily experience of leading our staffs through a usually smooth, sometimes turbulent day and we miss our patients. I appreciate and admire all of the first responders and essential workers, like yourselves, who must often leave the safe confines of home and wade into emergency situations for the betterment of others.

I would encourage all of you to make sure you reach out to friends, family, and loved ones to check in and share your concerns. You’ll feel better. Start a phone chat with peers, check on staff, check on the well-being of others, get some exercise. Keep in contact with your patients. Maybe take an online CE. Let’s use this forced time away from our offices to better ourselves.

Know that your WLADS board and staff are doing their best to provide you with information via e-blasts and social media posts as well as links to pertinent sites and webinars to help you during this period. The latest resources can be found below.

If there is anything I can do, or you feel there is something that WLADS can do better, please reply to this e-mail or contact execdir@westernlads.org.

Flatten the curve and just know that we will all get through this.

David Downs, DDS

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Small Business Guidance and Loans
– The new SBA EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) application page is here. Keep in mind the SBA EIDL is separate from the SBA 7a loan, which is applied for through an SBA certified bank. More information can be found here.
– The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
– The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

– CDA Communications

– CDA COVID-19 Webinar Series including Communicating with Patients During COVID-19

– The CDA successfully advocated for license renewal C.E. requirement extension. California dentists with license renewals between March – June 2020 have been granted an extension until September 30. 2020.

– Coronavirus Response Act takes effect April 2, expands FMLA and paid sick leave requirements. Additional information can be found here.

– Cares Act webinar: Click here to view the webinar.

– ADA Offers Free E-Books On Management, Regulatory Issues. To access the free e-books, visit the e-bookshelf and log in with your username and password.

– ADA On-Demand Webinar: Teledentistry in the Era of COVID-19

Emergency Dental Service Availability & Supply Donations

– If you haven’t already done so, we kindly ask that you fill out this survey to let us know if you are open and which procedures (if any) you are doing. This information is for WLADS office staff only and will be used as a resource only.

– Los Angeles County created a website for vendors who are interested in providing supplies and PPEs

CDA Practice Support is available at 800.232.7645 but is experiencing a significant increase in calls, so wait times may be longer than usual. CDA can also be contacted via e-mail at contactcda@cda.org. CDA Practice Support analysts and TDIC Risk Management analysts continue to field thousands of calls from members who are concerned about their practices, employees and patients’ care.
You can also see WLADS updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our Web site.

We encourage you to continue to check reliable sources for the latest information:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Dashboard
– The site includes the latest county information as well as dashboards for Case Count, Emergency Proclamations, Parks and Recreation Closures and School Closures.

Mental Health & Wellness Resources
– Department of Mental Health
– ADA Health and Wellness Program Directory
– ADA: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Stress Webinar
– ADA: Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress  Videos
– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Managing Stress and Anxiety
– National Alliance on Mental Illness: COVID-19 Information and Resources

WLADS Upcoming Events – please continue to check our Web site for the latest information on dates and locations.

If you have any questions, please contact WLADS at (310) 349-2199.