Coronavirus COVID-19

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. 

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To Dental Professionals in the Detroit District Dental Society Area: 

The State of Michigan and all Public County Health Departments are updating information daily as they receive the vaccine for Covid-19. We are finding at this time all dental professionals who wish to receive the vaccine are having great success in scheduling and receiving the vaccine.  Do be persistencent and signup with your location health department area per their instructions.  They ask for patience as all parties work together to distribute this vaccine to health professionals and the public as soon as possible.  Information may change and we are working to update you as quickly as possible.

Sign-up for the vaccine with the registration instructions below – this is to expediate the process. Contacting the general information number for your local health department will delay the process. Questions contact Detroit District Dental Society Office.
~ Marcy Dwyer, DDDS Executive Director, MBA, CAE, CMP

The following information is as current as what has been received by the Detroit District Dental Society office - we are in communication with key organizations and recognize information is changing frequently. 

 

Monroe County – update January 9, 2021

The Monroe County Public Health Department has already distributed Covid Vaccines to dental professionals in Monroe County. Currently about 50% of all offices have been scheduled or receivd the vaccine. There is an internal list of all dental professionals to alert them when vaccine distribution is available. They are schedulilng new vaccine appointments as vaccine doses are available.  Dental offices will sign up for appointments with the Monroe County Health Department for themselves and their staff. 

The sign-up list for Monroe County Public Health Department is now available at Online Vaccine Sign-up Form Monroe Dental Professionals

This sign-up will ask each dental location to identify a point person, dentist or office manager, to sign up their team for appointments. The actual distribution date depends on the amount of vaccine they are receiving in the upcoming weeks.

The key questions on the sign-up form:

  • Dentist name, the city where the State of Michigan Dental License is registered and current.
  • A point person for your dental team can be the dentist or an office manager with full email, address, and phone contact for this person. This person will receive the notification for appointment sign-up for the vaccine and can not share the sign-up information with any other person or organization. The point person will sign-up your dental team.
  • An estimate or approximation of the number of dental professionals your office anticipates to receive the vaccine at this time. Note if this number changes, that is okay – an estimate is all that is needed at this time.

The online form is being hosted by the Detroit District Dental Society, working cooperatively with the Monroe County Public Health Department to get information to dental teams as soon as possible. Those using the form do not have to be a member of the Michigan Dental Association to use the form.

Online Vaccine Sign-up Form Monroe Dental Professionals

Wayne County – updated January 9, 2021

Wayne County – is covered by two health departments.  The Detroit Public Health Department / City of Detroit and Wayne County Health Department.  We are working to communicate with both organizations.  The two organizations have different immunization plans.

Wayne County

COVID Vaccine Request Wayne County at https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/hhvs/wellness/covid-vaccine-request.aspx

PHASE 1A - Healthcare Practice Vaccination Request

  • A "Phase 1A Healthcare Practice" is defined as a professionally managed setting that is engaged in the delivery of healthcare services by paid and/or unpaid persons who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This form is not intended for Long-Term Care facilities. This form is for dental professionals.
  • This request is for practices located in Wayne County, not including Detroit. Practices located in the city of Detroit should contact the Detroit Health Department.
  • Before submitting this form, please poll all employees to determine how many are actually being vaccinated. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a health department representative for scheduling. We have been told this contact will be by email. Due to request volume, please allow up to three (3) business days to be contacted. If you did not receive an email in three days we encourage you to complete the online sign-up again and in the comment section identify you are a high priority dental professional who has not received an email about scheduling.
  • Once scheduled, download and print a copy of this registration form for each person getting vaccinated and have them bring the completed form with them: Vaccine Registration Form is at the webpage https://www.waynecounty.com/documents/hvcw/record_for_covid_vaccine_admin_ins.pdf

Again the sign-up form is at: https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/hhvs/wellness/covid-vaccine-request.aspx

COVID Vaccine Request | Health, Human & Veterans Services (waynecounty.com)

Notes:

•             Have one person from your team register your group.  If the contact person is not a licensed dentist, please identify the dentist's name in the comments section.

•             Important: On the first page of the online form, the practice's address is a city in Wayne County that is not in Detroit. Detroit facilities should go to the Detroit Public Health Department, and we will be sending out that information as soon as it is available.

•             The form asks for facility address, the contact person with all information for name, phone, email, total staff, and how many of the staff are willing to be vaccinated. 

Detroit Health Department

The Detroit Health Department (DHD) has created a survey that will allow you to express your interest or disinterest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Your responses will go directly to the Detroit Health Department. If you are interested, it extremely important that you complete the survey as soon as possible. You will receive a link from Lauren Payton, a Detroit Health Department staff member, to schedule your appointment at 100 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, within 48 hours of completing the survey.

Survey Link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4b7a72f410364007a2f071f6bb7bc558

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/modernatx.html

 

Announcement from: Lauren D. Payton, MPH 

Public Health Project Coordinator
Program Planning and Development
City of Detroit | Detroit Health Department

Notes:

  • Detroit Health Department is having each person sign-up for the vaccine individually.Each person must complete the online form to register for the vaccine.
  • Important: On the online form, the practice's address is the zip code you should enter. Detroit facilities should go to the Detroit Public Health Department. If your facility is in another city in Wayne County, use the Wayne County Public Health Department for the vaccine.
  • The form asks which "Which of these organizations do you have an affiliation with?" Please select "Other" if you do not see your organization listed.* Select Other
  • The end of the form has space for comments.Type in that box that you are a dentist or hygienist or your role in the dental profession. This is to identify your role as a dental professional and a high priority person.

 

Oakland County – update January 9, 2021 (information from Oakland County Dental Society, Karen Lawson, OCDS Business Manager / Dr. John Kamar, OCDS Executive Director)

Oakland County has updated their website and now has online sign-up and cell phone text sign-up to receive updates on setting vaccine appointments.  The vaccine appointment setting is still a phone call registration.  They are currently registering those in priority Group 1A, this does include dental professionals.

To sign-up for vaccine appointment updates visit the above webpage.

Website page https://www.oakgov.com/covid/best-practices/prepare/Pages/vaccine.aspx

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment InformationTo register for updates on COVID-19 vaccine appointment information register your email address or text OAKGOV to 28748.

  1. The link to register your email address is https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIOAKL/subscriber/new?qsp=MIOAKL_3011

    Note this link may be blocked if your internet or phone has security settings.

  2. Text OAKGOV to number 28748

 

The Oakland County Public Health Department has identified that appointments are being made for Covid-19 vaccinations for dental professionals. We have been told by dentists who have been successful – it may take many phone calls to connect to a person who can set your appointment.

  1. Call 1-800-848-5533, Nurse on-call line, and register your staff for receiving the vaccine.
  2. Dental hygienists, Dentists, and any office personal that interface with patients.
  3. Each person will need proof of dental licensure or paystubs to prove employment in the county.
  4. There may be lengthy waits on the phone, at least initially.
  5. As of this morning it was announced that Oakland County is out of vaccine and not setting new appointments.This can change hourly so you are encouraged to sign up for the announcement alerts and call frequently.
  6. Each staff member will need to speak to the schedule by phone directly. We have been told one person can schedule for their team.

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Macomb County updated January 6, 2021
https://www.macombgov.org/
Information from Dr. Chris Gorecki, DDS, Executive Director, Macomb Dental Society
This information is provided by the Macomb County Health Department.  All details for the vaccination process are being handled by the health department.

APPOINTMENTS can be made by calling 586-463-8777.   Appointments begin can be made Monday - Friday (hours vary).  Be advised - THERE WILL BE NO WALK IN VACCINATIONS AFTER WEDNESDAY JANUARY 6TH NO EXCEPTIONS!

Vaccinations will take place at the following location:

Verkuilen Center, 21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Township Michigan 48036, Entrance C

Thank you for your patience with the role out of the vaccine.

 More information at https://health.macombgov.org/covid19-COVID19VaccineCentral

Washtenaw County updated January 5, 2021
 
https://www.washtenaw.org/1129/Health-Department, 734-544-6700, updated January 5, 2021

https://www.washtenaw.org/3269/COVID-19-Vaccination

Washtenaw County Public Health Department is vaccinating health professionals in group 1A, and have now started priority groups 2 and 3 within 1A. Dental professionals are receiving the vaccine this week.  If you are a 1A provider or group completed their survey. Washtenaw will use the information to contact you when you can be scheduled. Please do not complete the survey more than once.

Washtenaw Online Survey Form Covid Vaccine for Dental Professionals

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If you have any questions or information you would like to share, please email centraloffice@detroitdentalsociety.com

 

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.

Past News

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 membership@michigandental.org 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.   

Highlighting on the ADA.org/virusresources page 

Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit
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 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html

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 


Dental Webinars

  •        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 centraloffice@detroitdentalsociety.com 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.


To view the full webinar, visit the MDA website, Coronavirus FACTS, What Dentist Should Know
To view the full webinar, visit the MDA website, Coronavirus FACTS, What Dentist Should Know
To view the full webinar, visit the MDA website, Coronavirus FACTS, What Dentist Should Know
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