Coronavirus COVID-19

The situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our community and we are all trackiing the number of cases in Michigan. 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. 

Michigan Safety Grant Available to Michigan Dentists for PPE Supplies and Office Improvements

The State of Michigan has announced today a grant program that small business (dental practices with less than 250 employees) can receive up to $10,000.00 for money spent on PPE supplies and expense to upgrading your office to improve health and safety.  The application will only be open from July 27 - August 7, 2020.   

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Grant application at


LANSING, MICH. - The State of Michigan has launched Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program to keep employers, employees and customers safe during the pandemic.

These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of – up to $10,000 – to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment purchased and training in response to COVID-19.

The initial grant application window will be open from Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 7, 2020, with awards given shortly thereafter. Grants received after August 7, 2020 will be held pending a potential second phase, if funds remain available.

“Employers continue to do their part to ensure workers, customers and communities are safe from COVID-19,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “These grants will help make that job a bit easier, ensuring every Michigander returns home safe at the end of the day.”

Dental Offices interested in applying must:

  • have fewer than 250 employees
  • Provide a copy of their COVID-19 safety plan - If you need to create a COVID-19 safety plan that is now required by law the MDA and Detroit District have templates. Contact Marcy Dwyer if you need help 313.337.4900 or
  • Describe of how funds will help improve workplace safety for employees, customers and their communities

Examples of how grant funding may be utilized:

  • Purchasing engineering controls and other supplies/materials such as sneeze guards, physical barriers, face coverings and hand washing/hygiene stations.
  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gowns, gloves and eye protection.
  • Training to educate employees about the spread and dangers of COVID-19.

To apply, businesses may complete the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant application.

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Grant application at

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 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 and scroll to the bottom of the page to view.   

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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

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 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