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Nov 19 2020
For Immediate Release Nov. 19, 2020 In addition to the statewide curfew recently announced by Governor Mike DeWine restricting activity between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., certain Ohio localities, including Franklin County (Columbus), Montgomery County (Dayton) and Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), recently issued stay at home advisories. These stay at ... [continue reading]
Nov 11 2020
In the world that we are currently living in there are very few people, if any, that can say they do not know someone who has COVID-19 or has had COVID-19. The virus has spread throughout the country and likely has had an impact on each of us. Having said that, and with the current spread of the virus, we have been receiving phone calls about ... [continue reading]
Aug 14 2020
The World Health Organization recently released guidance advising “routine non-essential oral health care — which usually includes oral health checkups, dental cleanings and preventive care — be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates.” In direct response to this, the American Dental ... [continue reading]
Aug 4 2020
As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief to health care providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program ... [continue reading]
Jul 30 2020
The American Dental Association has updated its Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and released a new flowchart with guidance to follow if a staff member or someone in a staff member's household tests positive for COVID-19. The flowchart is available exclusively to ADA members as a benefit of membership, and includes information about ... [continue reading]
Jul 30 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is distributing financial assistance to health care providers impacted by COVID-19, through the Provider Relief Fund. Assistance for dental providers is currently available, but the deadline to submit applications is Aug. 3. The Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal is open to eligible ... [continue reading]
Jul 30 2020
If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or must self-quarantine because of a COVID-19 exposure, employers are required to pay those staff members while they are out. The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA) requires employers to pay up to 80 hours (or prorated equivalent for part-time workers) of time off at full pay (up to ... [continue reading]
Jul 17 2020
Dentists who were previously ineligible for relief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund can now apply to receive funding. HHS has announced $175 billion in relief funds, including to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response as part of the Coronavirus Aid, ... [continue reading]
Jul 17 2020
Currently the state of Ohio does not require people who travel out of state to quarantine upon their return. Dentists should consider their office policy and professional judgment when determining whether they or their staff members should quarantine after travel. It's also important to be aware that the requirements in Ohio could change ... [continue reading]
Jul 17 2020
Ohio's Interim Director of Public Health Lance Himes recently signed an order that requires people to wear a mask in counties designated as a Level 3 or 4 public health emergency. This requirement applies to any indoor location that is not a residence. There are some exceptions, including when an individual is alone in an enclosed ... [continue reading]
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