Governor’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Elective Procedures May Resume on May 4
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his plan for Florida’s recovery, which will allow for elective procedures to resume in a hospital ambulatory surgical center, office surgery center, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office or other health care practitioners’ office on Monday, May 4 statewide.
The governor issued Executive Order 20-112, which outlines protocols that need to be met in order to restart elective procedures. This executive order supersedes the conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-72.
As indicated in the Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response, dentists are identified as “essential” critical infrastructure workers (see page 5).
Please find a list of FAQs for Executive Order 20-112.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has released new guidance on reopening dental practices in the form of a toolkit that was developed based on the work of the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery co-chaired by FDA President Dr. Rudy Liddell. This toolkit is focused on the short-term management of dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic as providers return to non-emergent care and includes resources such as staff protection strategies, a chairside checklist for working in the operatory, a customizable letter to patients, guidance for pre-appointment screening, in-office patient registration, post-procedure patient exit and much more.
*NEW!* The ADA has issued guidance for implementing COVID-19 hazard assessments in dental settings that can be used to mitigate risk. The ADA also released a hazard assessment checklist as a supplementary tool (both require an ADA member login). These are complementary pieces to the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and will enable dentists to provide dental care in a safe and healthy work environment for employees while reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread for all.
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FDA Staff During COVID-19
At the Florida Dental Association, we have been preparing for several weeks to take action due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to make sure you know we are taking all the necessary steps to do our part to limit the spread of the virus. We have implemented a work-from-home policy for all our employees and are well-equipped technologically and operationally to serve our members with minimal disruption. As we continue to monitor this evolving situation, we will maintain our focus on delivering the exceptional service our members have come to expect. Have questions? Contact us at 850.681.3629 or email@example.com