Important Information Regarding COVID-19

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is extremely fluid. Following are links to the latest notices, guidances, regulations, and other important information you need in order to maintain your OMS practice and protect the health and safety of your patients.

PPE Vendor Supply List (The TSOMS makes this vendor list available to its members who are seeking PPE supplies during the current COVID-19 pandemic. These vendors have advised us that they have the listed supplies available for purchase. The TSOMS neither endorses, certifies, nor recommends the companies or the products they offer. TSOMS members are urged to exercise due diligence before purchasing supplies from any vendor. This list will be updated as the TSOMS is advised of additional vendors and suppliers with available PPE products for the oral and maxillofacial surgery community.)

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

August 24, 2020 – Emergency Rule 108.7 Updated

April 30, 2020 – Emergency Rule 108.7

April 23, 2020 –  REVISED TSBDE FAQs Regarding EO GA-15

April 21, 2020 – Amended Emergency Rule 108.9 Dishonorable Conduct

April 20, 2020 TSBDE FAQs Regarding EO GA-15

March 20, 2020 – TSBDE Newsletter Discusses Guidance from Governor Abbott

March 16, 2020 – TSBDE Emergency Meeting Considers COVID-19 Measures 

Texas State News

July 9, 2020 – Executive Order GA-27 Amended – Relating to Increased Hospital Capacity Posed by COVID-19

April 27, 2020 – Executive Order GA-19

April 27, 2020 – Governor’s Report to Open Texas Report 

April 17, 2020 – Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders
Executive Order No. GA-l5 relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster

Executive Order No. GA- 16 relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Executive Order No. GA-17 relating to the establishment of the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

March 23, 2020 – AG Ken Paxton News Release – Health Care Professionals and Facilities Must Immediately Stop All Medically
Unnecessary Surgeries and Procedures. 

March 22, 2020 – Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Allowing Only Emergency Medical Procedures

March 19, 2020 –  Governor Abbott’s Executive Order

March 19, 2020 –  Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas 

Federal News

CARES Act – Summary of third stimulus package – HR 748

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

CARES Act – What Small Businesses Need to Know – US Chamber of Commerce Summary

Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

CDC & OSHA Guidances

CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals

CDC Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities

CDC Guidance – What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection 

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Other Items of Interest

August 6, 2020 – Coding and Billing for COVID-19 Testing and PPE

August 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Contact Tracing Infographic

June 26, 2020 – AHA Interim Guidance on Interim Card Extensions during COVID19 Outbreak 

May 27, 2020 – Guidelines for Addressing a COVID-19 Contact in the OMS Office

April 26, 2020 – ADA Return to Work Toolkit

April 23, 2020 – Guidelines for Safely Reopening the OMS Practice in the Post-COVID-19 Environment

April 18, 2020 – ADA Postponement and reopening statement 

ADA Guidelines – What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Medical Board – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Telemedicine During Texas Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Pandemic

Consider the following for your OMS practice:

  • As a precaution, you may wish to limit your staff’s interactions by having two separate teams work on different days to help prevent a COVID-19 shutdown of your practice. Additionally, consider checking both staff and doctors’ temperature on a daily basis prior to interacting with patients.
  • To maintain social distancing within your facility, require that patients sit at least six feet apart. Ask patients to wait in their cars, if that option is available. Remove magazines from the waiting room. Routinely disinfect the waiting room throughout the day.
  • Consider having a daily check-in with staff. Do not allow any staff member to come to work if an immediate family member is sick or has traveled internationally or to a United States hot-zone within the last 14-days.
  • Several pharmacies are able to compound hand sanitizer. Check with your local pharmacies to learn if this service is available in your area.

Please view and share our latest COVID-19 Symptom Comparison Chart with your friends and family.

For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links: