covid-19
The COVID-19 ​pandemic and its impact on our daily lives is rapidly evolving. ​Below are some resources and guidance to help dentists navigate this unprecedented time for their practices, staff, and patients. 

Latest Rhode Island COVID-19 Numbers
Last Updated: 3/28/2020

​RI COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases: 239
Number of people with negative test results: 2,541
​People who are currently instructed to self-quarantine in ​RI: 2,500
COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in RI: ​29


https://health.ri.gov/data/covid-19/
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases: 124
Number of people who had negative test results at RIDOH's State Health Laboratories: 1,143
Number of people for whom tests are pending at RIDOH's State Health Laboratories: 196
Approximate number of people who are currently instructed to self-quarantine in Rhode Island.  3,000
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 positive (including presumptive positive) cases: 124
Number of people who had negative test results at RIDOH's State Health Laboratories: 1,143
Number of people for whom tests are pending at RIDOH's State Health Laboratories: 196
Approximate number of people who are currently instructed to self-quarantine in Rhode Island.  3,000

Centers for Disease Control
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the
COVID-19 Response

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html

​Practice Management Resources

Summary of ADA SARS-CoV-2 Guidance
An overview document about how this virus impacts dentistry and the resources available from the ADA.
Download the guidance summary

Emergency Procedures — Dentists
A guide to which procedures are considered emergencies and non-emergencies.
Download the dentist's guide

Emergency Procedures — Patients
Help patients understand when they should — or shouldn’t — make a dental appointment.
Download the patient’s guide

Employment Agreements
This is an uncertain time for many employees, including dentists. Here’s a breakdown of the common terms in dentists’ employment agreements that may apply now.
Letter to Patients
This template is designed to help you communicate changes to your practice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Coding and Billing Guidance
You may see some patients via teledentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak. This quick guide outlines different billing codes your practice may need to use.
The ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19
As a result of the pandemic, ethical principles may require different steps than dentists are used to taking. Here’s how the ADA Code of Ethics applies during these extreme circumstances.
Handling Vendor Payment Disputes
This guide helps dentists understand how to handle payment disputes with vendors and difficulties accessing patient data.
Renegotiating Existing Contracts
The COVID-19 pandemic may impact your obligations under existing contracts. This guide will help you when renegotiating payment terms.
Contract Obligations during COVID-19
Understand “force majeure” contractual provisions and how events related to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply to your contract obligations.

Safety Resources

Rapid Guidance for Treating Dental Emergencies
Get recommendations on how to proceed before, during and after treating dental emergencies.
Download the clinical guidance

Pathway for Triaging and Treating Patients
Three flowcharts detailing the steps offices should take to treat patients with dental emergencies.
ADA and OSAP Webinar

Infection control experts answer dentists’ questions on protocol and procedures in light of COVID-19
Watch OSAP webinar

JADA Infection Control Resources

The Journal of the American Dental Association has compiled a collection of relevant articles on infection control and opened them to the public.
Read JADA articles

OSHA Guidance Summary: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

As employers, practice owners have a responsibility to ensure safe working conditions for staff. Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic affects that responsibility.
Download the OSHA summary

Hand Hygiene for the Dental Team

An overview of effective hand hygiene practices that help reduce the risk of infection transmission.
Read the hygiene guide

Tucson Medical Center’s Donning and Doffing Instructions

Learn the correct sequence for donning and doffing gowns, masks, respirators, goggles, face shields and gloves.
Download PPE instructions

Tucson Medical Center’s Guide to Putting On and Taking Off Respirators

Respirators play an important role in keeping you safe. Here’s how to properly put them on and take them off.
Download respirator guide


CDC COVID-19

C​oronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
For updated information directly from the CDC please visit their website

CDC Website

Rhode Island Specific Information

RI Department of Labor and Training
A guide for yourself and your employees regarding assistance available through state programs

Download guide
RI Department of Health
For the latest Rhode Island specific COVID-19 Information visit the Department of Health's disease website

RI DOH Disease Website
​Instructions for Filing Unemployment
If you are closed your employees and perhaps yourself can collect unemployment insurance from the state of RI.

Instructions for filing due to COVID-19
RIDOH Provider Advisory
COVID-19 Update for Dental Health Care Professionals

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RI Division of Taxation
This page is intended to provide information and updates related to COVID-19's effects on taxation.

View here

Mental Health Resources

We understand that the unknowns surrounding the coronavirus can cause additional stress and mental fatigue for dental professionals who already experience a high amount of stress and fatigue on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on managing stress and anxiety, which can be found here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

The National Institute of Mental Health is another helpful resource during this rapidly evolving situation.
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml

Prevent Overdose RI has resources to help you, your family, and your loved ones to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak: https://preventoverdoseri.org/covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1Iw1cMBoMjWTM-QPge74CT2uAcjpxJ58W0ehrV4rkDJ6eCHcGZJQy8Hv4

RI Physicians Health Program
Physician Health Committee is a standing peer review committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society. The Committee provides ongoing oversight to program staff responding to physician health issues, such as medical illnesses (for example, neurological disorders), substance use and psychiatric disorders, as well as coping with stress and burnout. https://www.rimedicalsociety.org/physician-health-program.html

ADA Mental Health Resources for Dentists

  1. Under Stress? We’re Here to Help: refers to the well-being directory, the handbook, and a resource sheet on identifying stress.
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Webinar] An on-demand webinar that addresses how to identify stress, recognize the physical and mental impacts of stress, and how to manage the negative types of stress.
  3. Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Your Stress [video series]
  4. Keeping Calm in the Coronavirus: You’ve Got This! 
  5. Got Grief? Four tasks to help you recover from the coronavirus blues
  6. How to Reduce Stress: https://success.ada.org/en/wellness/how-to-reduce-stress
  7. Mindfulness Techniques: https://success.ada.org/en/wellness/mindfulness-techniques-may-help-you-reduce-stress-videos

RIDA COVID-19 E-Blasts

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