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 19, 2020 – Governor Abbott’s Executive Order
March 19, 2020 – Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas
CDC & OSHA Guidances
CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals
Other Items of Interest
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.
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links: