CDPH Releases Specific Guidance on Resuming Dental Practice – May 8, 2020
Hello WLADS,

We are excited to share breaking news from the California Department of Public Health about our industry resuming regular practice. Even though they our reducing the restrictions on us returning to dentistry, there is still a huge shortage of PPE. Please TAKE ACTION NOW by sending a letter to the governor and your state legislators. You may edit the letter to add your personal story, if you wish.

Thanks to  everyone who joined our webinar on Wednesday answering your PPP, EIDL and Employer Questions. The two-hour online event answered many questions from accounting, legal and HR experts. If you were unable to join us, we plan to release materials and a recording early next week.

With CDA Presents being canceled this year, CDA is announcing CDA Webinar Week where members have access to free online courses between May 11-15. We encourage you to check out the website and sign-up to participate.

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. If you have questions or need anything, please let us know.

Flatten the curve, stay hydrated and just know that we will all get through this together.

David Downs, DDS
WLADS Board President

The California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance on resuming dental practice. CDA member dentists and staff have been deeply engaged with the state dental director to ensure this guide is clear, accurate and easy to follow.

The state guidance provides specific criteria regarding local infection rates, PPE requirements, COVID-19 screenings for patients and infection control clarifications from the CDC, among other topics. While restarting dental practices will be slow at first, particularly because of the lack of sufficient PPE in the entire international manufacturing and supply system, a solid, clear foundation has been established to work from.

Please remember that depending on the conditions in a community, a local health officer may issue or update current “stay-at-home” orders; orders that are more stringent than the state’s public health orders must be followed.

CDA worked closely with the state dental director to develop guidance and FAQs for screening, infection control and PPE use consistent with the updated state guidance.

– Take Action: Tell Gov. Newsom and county health departments dentists need PPE, relief now. Please TAKE ACTION NOW by sending a letter to the governor and your state legislators. You may edit the letter to add your personal story, if you wish.

– CDA Webinar Week is May 11-15. Sign up here for free courses all week.

– TDIC provides premium refunds for policyholders during COVID-19 pandemic: TDIC has notified policyholders in 15 states that they will be receiving premium refunds because the pandemic has severely impacted the practice of dentistry. Shelter-in-place and stay-at-home mandates have limited dentistry in many states to the treatment of urgent and emergency care only. In addition to premium refunds, TDIC is reducing estimated Workers’ Compensation premiums for California policyholders. See details.

– TDSC Marketing Toolkit streamlines the information flow and some of the most requested resources developed can be found in the COVID-19 resource center.

– Power of Three recording from May 5

– The COVID-19 situation varies greatly across the country, and some practices will be opening before others. To assist practices through this transition, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery has developed a toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to protect the patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing routine care.

– See The Latest Data from HPI’s Economic Impact Polling: Last week, the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) hosted a webinar about what the future holds for dentistry, including new data from expert panelists from across the industry.

– Understanding mask types and tips to avoid counterfeit masks

– ADA’s Council on Membership and New Dentist Committee have collaborated to develop a grassroots volunteer program designed to help your volunteers at the state and local level keep the dental community connected during COVID-19.  Attached you will find the ADA Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Outreach Program toolkit. This toolkit provides simple tactics that you can use to mobilize your leadership and volunteers to engage with both current and potential members.

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 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:
– CDA’s news page
– ADA’s COVID-19 information page
– CDC Web site
– Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
– California Department of Public Health
– World Health Organization

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.

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

California Recovery Roadmap Survey
– Give your input to the state

Mental Health & Wellness Resources
– California Department of Mental Health
– ADA: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
– ADA: Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress  Videos
– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Managing Stress and Anxiety