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Jan 18 2021
As I write this column in the middle of December, Ohio has experienced another spike in COVID cases and the Christmas holiday is just a few days away. Like the Thanksgiving spike, experts are expecting another spike in cases due to Christmas and New Year celebrations despite pleas to limit such celebrations to immediate family. While the COVID ... [continue reading]
Dec 18 2020
2020 has been a challenging year. From the restrictions on dental procedures and the stay at home order, to determining how to safely reopen dental offices and secure PPE, to handling COVID-positive cases, the profession of dentistry has shown it can stand strong in the face of adversity. While we all look forward to 2021 and the hope that a ... [continue reading]
Dec 18 2020
As with dental offices throughout Ohio, the ODA has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions. While 2020 was like no other year we’ve experienced, the ODA remains active and valuable for its membership as we continue to traverse all of the issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Pandemic impacts ODA ... [continue reading]
Dec 16 2020
For Immediate Release December 16, 2020 In light of the recent guidance that Governor Mike DeWine provided to the local health departments recommending COVID-19 vaccine priority for health care providers, including dental providers, Ohio Dental Association President Dr. David Kimberly, an Akron-area oral and maxillofacial surgeon, issued the ... [continue reading]
Dec 15 2020
Next week, local health departments in Ohio that registered as vaccine providers are expected to begin receiving vaccines. Today, Governor DeWine outlined guidance on individuals who should be prioritized by health departments during Phase 1A. Local health departments should coordinate the vaccinations of congregate care residents and staff, ... [continue reading]
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]
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