COVID-19 Information & Resources

Last Updated: ​Friday, March 27 — ​5pm

ADA COVID-19 Resources

Make sure you are checking the ADA Coronavirus Resource Center for Dentists site for frequent updates. You also can find news updates at ​ADA News online.

 


MDA Guidance/Recommendations

The MDA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and supports the guidance by the ADA and CDC. In the interest of protecting public health, we urge members to comply with the recommendations outlined by the ADA and CDC. 

As this situation is evolving rapidly, we will continue to provide updates as we have them. We encourage you to access the resources provided below.

Missouri Dental Board & Department of Health

A statement was jointly issued March 23, by the Missouri Dental Board and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and has been sent to all dental licensees in the state (view email version). The statement supports CDC and ADA recommendation​s. Prior to this (March 17), DHSS issued some recommendations for dental practices in Missouri.

Webinars

  • Dental Practice Financial Issues Surrounding COVID-19 (March 27, 2pm)
  • What's in the CARES Act & How It Can Immediately Impact My Dental Practice (March 27, 4pm)
  • ADA & OSAP COVID-19 (On Demand)
  • Protect the Health of Your Practice During the Economic Downturn (On Demand)
  • 19 Ways to Survive the Pandemic (On Demand)
  • Show-Me ECHO COVID-19 (Weekly)

Recent News 

MDA eNews Updates
March 27 (Making Sense of CARES, FFCRA Impacts & Benefits)
March 27March 26March 24 | March 23 (Donating PPE Supplies) | March 23
March 20 | March 19 | March 18 | March 17

Resources

CDC & OSHA 
CDC Dental Settings (Interim Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Dental Settings)
CDC Recommendation: Postpone Non-Urgent Dental Procedures, Surgeries, Visits 
OSHA COVID-19 OSHA Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)
Dentists are classified as high-risk and that information begins on page 23 of the PDF

State of Missouri
Governor Mike Parsons' Office
COVID-19 Outbreak (Dept of Health & Senior Services)
Health Care Professionals Resources (Dept of Health & Senior Services)
Unemployment Information, Workers' Compensation, Discrimination (Dept of Labor)

Teledentistry Resources

(On-Demand) Teledentistry in Missouri During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar — Facilitated by the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. Panel discussion on the use of teledentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic to include varied uses of teledentistry to provide consultation, care coordination and triage, among other topics. Access Webinar Recording Note: Additional resources related to this webinar will be forthcoming from MDA member dentist, webinar panelist and teledentistry expert, Dr. Nathan Suter.  

(April 6, 12pm) Teledentistry: Providing Alternative Care During a Public Health Crisis Webinar— This webinar will explore the ability of using Teledentistry to address limited access to care during a public health crisis, and discuss policy issues and solutions. Provided by DentaQuest. Participants are eligible for 1 CEU (ADA CERP) Credit. Info & Registration

Additional Teledentistry Resources

Small Business/Financial Resources

Tax Resources
Federal Extension​ | State Extension

Apply for SBA Loans
​The ADA strongly encourages to you to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). There are a number of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans available to dentist owners. One loan, in particular, is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which establishes an emergency grant to allow a dental practice that applies for an EIDL to receive an advance on that loan of no more than $10,000, which the SBA must distribute within three days. The money may be used to pay for employee sick leave (COVID-19-related), mortgage or rent, and other overhead expenses. The grants would be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the $10 billion fund is exhausted, and applicants would not have to repay the $10,000 grant even if they are denied the loan. Click here to visit the SBA site and learn more about the EIDL loan and other SBA loans. There is a lookback provision in the bill that would allow you to be qualified for the $10,000 grant, so apply today!

DOL Posters
The Department of Labor has released the mandatory employee rights poster for the FFCRA. Employers must post this notice in a conspicuous location in the workplace (or each work location, if employees report to different buildings). Employees who are working from home must receive the notice as well; employers can get it to them by email, postal mail or posting to an internal or external website intended to provide information to employees. Click here for the poster and here for related FAQ.

Miscellaneous Questions

The following are questions the MDA has received that are not grouped under any major topic. We will continue to update these as presented.

  • I would like to donate some extra PPE supplies to places in need. What can I do?
  • Does the Missouri Dental Board have any provisions in place if people cannot get all of their CE or CPR for this recording year?

MDIS Insurance & Employee Benefits Information 

The C​OVID-19 situation is a top priority of the carriers that MDIS works with. In the event coverage becomes available that will help our clients/members, MDIS will make them aware as soon as possible. Following are most common questions MDIS is responding, updated as frequently as as possible. If you have additional questions, please email or call 800-944-7550.

Unemployment Questions

The following information was assembled by the MDA team based upon questions we’ve received, and reviewed by MDA legal counsel for accuracy. Because things are rapidly changing in this environment, we will work to keep this as current as possible. Please be advised this is not to be considered legal advice. We recommend you contact your legal counsel for any specific questions you have regarding your unemployment decisions.​

  • What is the federal legislation “Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201?”
  • When will the DOL be issuing exemptions for small businesses under HR 6201? How can I get an exemption?
  • If I close my office, do I have to pay my employees?
  • If I close my office, does my staff qualify for unemployment benefits?
  • When should an individual file for unemployment benefits?
  • Can an employer participate in a mass claims filing?
  • If I run my payroll as normal, will it interrupt any waivers I may qualify for through HR 6201?
  • What do I do if an employee is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?
  • If an asymptomatic individual imposes a self-quarantine because of the coronavirus, will they be eligible for unemployment benefits?
  • Will an employee be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are mandatory quarantine because of suspicion of having the coronavirus?
  • Will an individual be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are ill because of the coronavirus and unable to work?
  • Will my group short-term disability income (STD) policy provide benefits if one of my employees contracts the coronavirus?
  • Can an employer participate in Missouri’s shared work program whose business has temporarily declined due to COVID-19?
  • Will an employer’s unemployment taxes increase if an employee receives unemployment benefits because of a coronavirus-related business shutdown?
  • Can an individual receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance due to the coronavirus?
  • What if claimant is required to participate in the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program?

Well Being Resources

Uncertain and rapidly changing times naturally can create anxiety for you, your staff and your family. This is especially true amid the COVID pandemic—while dentists are largely closing their doors (except for emergency care)—and the strain on your mental health. Yes, while healthy routines like nourishing your physical self through diet, exercise and adequate sleep can help, we realize heightened stress can escalate unhealthy responses that require professional assistance. The MDA’s Dental Well Being Foundation connects you with experienced and trusted providers in mental health. Call 314-435-1101 for a confidential consultation.

Staff Resources

MDA and MDIS staff are working from home offices until further notice. Both teams have taken significant steps to ensure this does not affect our availability and support to members/clients. Please call or email and be assured we will respond as soon as possible if you have to leave a message! Email MDA or call 800-688-1907. Email MDIS or call 800-944-7550. As well, you can easily find staff contacts from The MDA App. Thank you for your patience and support.

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