Coronavirus COVID-19

The situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving and the number of cases in Michigan is growing rapidly. 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. 


Executive Order 2020-17 (COVID-19) -- Orders Temporary Restrictions on Non-Essential Medical and Dental Procedures  

Beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm, ... must implement a plan to temporarily postpone, until the termination of the state of emergency under section 3 of Executive Order 2020-4, all non-essential procedures (“non-essential procedure postponement plan” or “plan”). Click link to read more​,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522451--,00.html

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. 

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 for the next three weeks. 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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March 27, 2020 Webinar on the CARES Acts now available on-demand.

Click here to view the webinar on the CARES Act.


What’s in the CARES Act and How It Can Immediately Impact My Dental Practice

Senior Vice President of ADA Government and Public Affairs Mike Graham will walk you through the provisions in the recently enacted CARES Act and its impact on dentists and their practices. Allen Schiff, CPA, will then explain how a provision in the Act allows those who apply for small business loans to access grant money on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be sure to check out the new additions within the last few days that may assist members’ practice or safety questions. The following documents are purposely not hyperlinked to ensure you're always viewing the most current version found on the resources web page. 

  • Dentists Guide to Emergency Procedures
  • Patients Guide to Emergency Procedures
  • Sample letter to patients
  • Employment Agreements
  • OSHA Guidance Summary: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Coding and Billing Guidance
  • The ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19
  • ADA and OSAP Webinar
  • JADA Infection Control Resource

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

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