The situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our community and the ADA, MDA, and Detroit district are continuing to share information to dental professional to promote public information. We applaud all in the dental community is working together for patient and staff safety. There is a variety of information to health care professionals, small business owners, and the public (patients) coming across as we all work together for the best path to protect public health. The Detroit District Dental Society will feature information to help the dental community. Below our links to dental resources and information.
Government Orders Public Safety Covid 19
On Friday, Oct. 2 the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacked the constitutional authority to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency or issue executive orders related to the state of emergency without approval by the Michigan Legislature. The immediate effect is no Executive Order after April 30th is enforceable.
- Wayne County Health Department, October 8, 2020 - https://www.waynecounty.com/covid19/ The order essentially requires the county to follow measures outlined in the MDHHS' statewide emergency order, which includes the requirement of face masks in public, gathering size limitations, employee health screenings and more.
- City of Detroit, October 9, 2020 - https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/2020-10/Executed%20Public%20Health%20Order%20DZF%2010-09-2020%20FINAL.PDF The order was announced by a press conference by Mayor Duggan and Detroit City Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair and is 25 pages that enforce all the previous health orders by the Governor.
- Ingham County - http://hd.ingham.org/About/ArticlesPublications/tabid/3378/ctl/ArticleView/mid/4286/articleId/9205/Four-emergency-orders-issued-to-keep-several-COVID-19-precautions-in-place-in-Ingham-Co.aspx
issued four new emergency orders on Oct. 4 to “keep several COVID-19 protections in place." Under the new orders, Ingham County residents are still required to wear face coverings, indoor and outdoor gathering sizes are still limited, restaurants must continue to operate at a 50% (or 125 person) capacity limit and businesses must continue to carry out employee health screenings.
- To see links to neighboring counties, Oakland, Jackson, etc visit https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2020/10/04/list-michigan-counties-issue-emergency-coronavirus-orders-after-state-supreme-court-ruling/
- MDA update on Michigan Supreme Court Ruling on Oct. 2nd Overtune Governor's Emergency Powers https://www.detroitdentalsociety.org/home/2020/10/06/mda-update-on-michigan-supreme-court-ruling-on-oct.-2nd-overtune-governor's-emergency-powers MDA
There should be no change in the way you practice as a result of this ruling. You and your staff should continue to follow all applicable CDC and OSHA guidelines as well as the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and the MDA Addendum to the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit. These tools may require ADA/MDA log-in please contact MDA or DDDS office if you need assitance to log-in to reach information.
We encourage all dental professionals to continue to practice as you have since dental offices reopened in May, and continue to keep your patients and staff safe.
Michigan Dental Association
– MDA recognizes that today, March 20, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released Executive Order 2020-17. This order bans all nonessential or elective dental procedures. This means every dentist in Michigan must not perform any nonessential or elective procedures. If you do, consequences could include an ethics violation, loss of your license and/or criminal charges. Please click the Executive Order 2020-17 (COVID-19) to read the text of the Executive Order.
Dental Office returned to work May 29, 2020.
MDA has organized a task force to develop guidance to assist members in reopening their offices when restrictions are lifted. This is a challenging situation that changes almost hourly. The MDA is committed to keeping you updated as information becomes available. The MDA’s COVID-19 landing page has been developed to keep members informed. If you have questions or concerns, please email email@example.com or call the MDA at 800-589-2632.
American Dental Association
- the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures and to follow all state laws and regulations. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
The ADA is putting up new information and resources daily, if not hourly, please check back for more information. The most recent webinars are being posted to be available on-demand in the “Digital Events and Webinars” area. To view go to https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/coronavirus-resource-toolkit-for-ada-members and scroll to the bottom of the page to view.
Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit
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As some states move to reopen, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force for Dental Practice Recovery has developed this free toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care. The toolkit includes: sample letter to patients, guidance on pre-appointment screening, in-office patient registration procedures, reception area preparation strategies, chairside checklist, and more. Order the ADA Free Took Kit
Emergency or Non Emergency? ADA Offers Guidance for Determining Dental Procedures
In a statement issued on March 16, the American Dental Association (ADA) called upon dentists nationwide to postpone elective dental procedures for three weeks in order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. … The ADA recognizes that state governments and state dental associations may be best positioned to recommend to the dentists in their regions the amount of time to keep their offices closed to all but emergency care. This is a fluid situation, and those closest to the issue may best understand the local challenges being faced. …The ADA sent an email, on March 18, 2020 to members, with information that should be helpful in determining what is considered “emergency” versus “non emergency.” This guidance may change as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, and dentists should use their professional judgment in determining a patient’s need for urgent or emergency care.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – information on the virus and resources for preparing for your staff, patients, and the community. The CDC has published a Dental Setting: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response the URL is
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services -- . Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency on March 11, and subsequently has taken many steps to limit the transmission of the disease. Check daily for updates.
State of Michigan - coronavirus announcements from the State of Michigan, resources for Health Care Professionals, information for public and communities
- ADA: Catch up on the latest COVID-19 webinars and on-demand video learning opportunities on your schedule. From managing your practice during this crisis to caring for your staff or your own mental health, new events are added regularly. CE credit may be available for some courses. ADA Digital Events Covid-19
Webinars on Coronavirus Information
Non-members please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive alerts for free webinars for staff and patient safety, running your practice, etc. and information updates on COVID-19.