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List of Oral Surgeons Providing Urgent or Emergency Care
List of Endodontists Providing Urgent or Emergency Care
ADA Interim Postponement Recommendation Statement
Summary of ADA COVID-19 Interim Guidance
ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission
Flowcharts for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission
COVID-19 Coding and Billing Interim Guidance
CO Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Updates
CDC Optimizing Supply of PPE Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC COVID-19 Updates
OSHA Control and Prevention Resources
OSHA Guide: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
American Dental Association COVID-19 Resources
Recommended Protocol for Office Closing


Colorado Governor Extends Non-Essential Procedure Suspension 

April 7, 2020
Last night, Gov. Polis signed an executive order extending the state’s stay at home mandate. Gov. Polis also extended the temporary suspension of elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve PPE. These executive orders are in effect through April 26 at the earliest.* 

This order continues to restrict all voluntary or elective surgeries or  procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary. A voluntary or elective surgery or procedure means that the surgery can be delayed for a minimum of three months without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient as determined by the guidelines developed by the hospital, surgical center or other treating medical facility. Rural and critical access hospitals are strongly advised to follow this guidance but are not mandated to do so under this executive order. 

The Colorado Dental Association aligns its recommendation to temporarily suspend elective/non-essential surgeries with the governor’s order.

Read Gov. Polis’ Executive Order

* Residents in Denver are ordered by Mayor Hancock to stay at home through April 30. This order also mandates the temporary suspension of elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures through April  30. 
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ADA Issues New Interim Recommendation and Treatment Decision Resources

April 2, 2020

Last night, the American Dental Association issued a new interim recommendation that “dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.” With new cases of the coronavirus still on the rise, the ADA is urging dentists to comply with recent CDC guidance to continue only providing emergency or urgent dental care until this date. The ADA also released Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission and corresponding flowcharts to help guide dentists in making informed treatment decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The CDA continues to work with the governor’s office, CDPHE and DORA to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Colorado. We know that you want to get back to work, to provide for your team members and to care for your patients. Our efforts are focused on helping that happen as soon as possible, but we must acknowledge that your safety and that of your staff, family and community are the top priority. Coronavirus cases in Colorado are still expected to peak in the coming weeks, and it would not be surprising to see additional mandates from the state level emerge in the near future. The CDA will keep dentists informed as more information is available. 


CDA COVID-19 Letter to Gov. Polis 

March 30, 2020
Good afternoon Governor Polis,

On behalf of more than 3,500 members of the Colorado Dental Association (CDA), we commend you on your decision to postpone all elective surgeries and issue a Stay at Home order to slow further spread of COVID-19. At this uncertain and troubling time in our history it is paramount that we have strong and decisive leadership like yours. We support your actions for taking the necessary steps to protect our community members’ health.

With an increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the associated strain on the broader healthcare system, the CDA strongly believes it is critical to continue to see dental emergencies in our dental clinics and offices. Our goal is to keep patients suffering from dental emergencies away from our Colorado emergency rooms and hospitals to preserve capacity there. Safely treating their dental emergencies within our offices will maintain their health and safety as well as the health of the community as a whole. 
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What is a Dental Emergency? Guidance and Best Practices

March 20, 2020
This guidance may change as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. Dentists should use their professional judgment in determining a patient’s need for urgent or emergency care.

On March 19, Gov. Polis issued an executive order to limit all treatment to emergency care to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and conserve PPE. An executive order has the force of law and is subject to criminal charges or legal action if not followed. In his order, he listed permitted surgeries or procedures.

Surgeries or procedures are permitted when there is:

  • A threat to the patient’s life
  • A threat of permanent dysfunction to an extremity or organ system
  • A risk of metastasis or progression of staging of a disease or condition or
  • A risk that the patient’s condition will rapidly deteriorate if the procedure or surgery is not performed.

The executive order recommends delaying any procedure that can be postponed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s current or future health, but also leaves some room for interpretation in the dental profession. The ADA has created a list of what are considered dental emergencies as well as dental urgent care situations.
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Gov. Polis Signs Executive Order:
Elective/Non-Essential Procedures Suspended

This afternoon, Gov. Polis signed an executive order temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators, needed to combat COVID-19. The executive order is in effect from March 23 to April 14, with the exception of rural and critical access hospitals. This includes all voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary. 

Permitted surgeries or procedures are permitted when there is:

  1. A threat to the patient’s life
  2. A threat of permanent dysfunction to an extremity or organ system
  3. A risk of metastasis or progression of staging of a disease or condition or 
  4. A risk that the patient’s condition will rapidly deteriorate if the procedure or surgery is not performed.  

Read the full press statement
Read the full executive order

The state of Colorado is requiring any healthcare provider, not part of a hospital facility or business, who has PPE, ventilators, respirators and anesthesia machines to inventory supplies no later than March 26. More details will be forthcoming on how to submit the inventory to the state including potential exemptions for supplies that are required for the provision of critical healthcare services. The CDA will let you know as soon as more information is available. 


Cybercriminals Leveraging National Crisis to Target Businesses

March 17, 2020
Cybercriminals are now leveraging our national crisis to target businesses of all sizes by launching cyberattacks and phishing campaigns in order to exploit us at a potential time of weakness. There have been warnings issued by government agencies related to cybercriminals targeting businesses that are turning on remote access to their systems in order to help with business continuity.

Remote access is a very powerful tool but, if not implemented correctly, may result in a cyber or ransomware attack against the business. As businesses rush to close their physical operations and move to a remote workforce, the improper configuration of these remote access systems can be an easy way for cybercriminals to attack.
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CDA/ADA Issues Recommendation to Postpone Non-Essential Treatment

March 16, 2020
As the information and science around COVID-19 continues to evolve, the CDA has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the American Dental Association (ADA), Colorado governor’s office and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). We want to ensure that we are making the best decisions with the information and science available in a well-coordinated manor with other health agencies. After assessing the available information here in Colorado and in coordination with the ADA we are issuing the following guidance.

The CDA and ADA recommend that all dentists close their offices for three weeks to patients seeking elective and non-urgent care. During that time dentists should provide only emergency dental care and medically necessary care. This will allow us to care for our most critical patients, while also alleviating the burden that emergency dental care would put on hospitals.
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COVID-19 Guidance for Your Practice

March 16, 2020
The CDA has ongoing communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), as well as the governor’s office to be sure that our response to this rapidly changing pandemic is consistent with the best science available and public health protocols. The continued spread of COVID-19 pressures all of us to crisis plan and react to a rapidly changing situation.

At this time there is not a state or national requirement for dentists to cease practicing, however, this decision is ultimately up to each dental practice and we encourage practice owners to assess all risks associated with dental staff and patient safety.
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CDPHE Strongly Advises Mountain Residents and Visitors to Minimize Contact

March 15, 2020
Due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people to reduce the spread of the virus.

Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.
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ADA Answers Coronavirus FAQs

March 12, 2020
The ADA is constantly updating this webpage with credible information that will protect both patients and dental healthcare personnel. Members are encouraged to email any questions relating to COVID-19 to dentalpractice@ada.org. This email address is closely monitored.
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World Health Organization Declares Pandemic

March 11, 2020
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19: “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time.”
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Gov. Polis Declares State of Emergency

March 10, 2020
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10 in response to recent cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The new strain of coronavirus began popping up in the United States in February. On March 5, the first case was announced in Colorado. As of Tuesday morning, Polis said three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, bringing the total number to 15.
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CDA Implements CDC Guidelines

March 10, 2020
The CDA has implemented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers and will continue to update its policy based on CDC recommendations.

The CDA is taking COVID-19 seriously and will follow the CDC’s protocols for appropriately managing sick employees, routine cleaning of the office, and employee business and personal travel. Additionally, the CDA has implemented its Business Continuity Plan, which outlines protocols for long-term work-from-home arrangements should the need arise.


ADA Releases Coronavirus Guidelines for Dentists

March 2, 2020
Originally published on ADANews

The American Dental Association has released an informational handout for dentists on the coronavirus disease, now named COVID-19.

The handout covers strategies for helping prevent the transmission of suspected respiratory disease in the dental health care setting and answers frequently asked questions related to the virus, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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