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.

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
March 20, 2020 –  TSBDE Newsletter Discusses Guidance from Governor Abbott

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

Texas State News

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

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: