COVID-19 Latest Updates: August 13, 2020

Below are the latest COVID-19 resources and links from MDHA, ADHA and more. We want to thank you all for your ongoing dedication to the dental hygiene profession and the delivery of safe and effective oral health care. We will get through this, because we are better together. If you have questions or concerns you can share them with MDHA at [email protected].

Stay healthy and be safe, everyone!

ADHA wants you to know that they are here to support you  – ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. Yet they are actively raising our collective professional concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of dental hygienists and their patients, while addressing critical oral health needs. 


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August 13, 2020

ADHA Response to World Health Organization Recommendations.

In response to yesterday’s World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine non-essential oral health care” in certain situations due to COVID-19, we wish to highlight a couple of key points. The WHO indicates delay of non-essential procedures until there is “sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates…according to official recommendations at national, sub-national or local level.” This is consistent with current ADHA recommendations and aligned with CDC guidance, both which direct the dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) to stay informed and regularly consult with state or local health department for region-specific information and the monitoring of trends in local case counts to determine how and when to resume non-emergency dental care.

As outlined in the latest ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work, ADHA continues to support the recommendations from the CDC that “balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and DHCP. Consider if elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent outpatient visits should be postponed in certain circumstances.

Read on the ADHA website HERE.


August 4, 2020

UPDATED CDC GUIDANCE FOR DENTAL SETTINGS Read the latest CDC guidelines HERE.

These updates provide new recommendations for eye protection and aerosol-generating procedures. It replaces the CDC’s guidance issued June 17, 2020.

Key Points:

  • Recognize dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations.
  • Prioritize the most critical dental services and provide care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel and patients from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Proactively communicate to both personnel and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know the steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters your facility.

Read the August 4, 2020 CDC guidelines HERE.


June 17, 2020 The CDC recently updated Guidance for Dental Settings. Read HERE.


June 7, 2020 A letter from MDHA President Pamela LaCerte. Read the June 7, 2020 letter HERE.


June 6, 2020 Governor Baker announced the opening of Phase 2 starting on Monday, June 8, 2020 with restrictions. See link HERE.


June 3, 2020 In this CDC webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters also will discuss strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE). Watch the CDC Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response webinar HERE.


May 29, 2020 ADHA’s Task Force for Return to Work provides updated guidance for dental hygienists. View the ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work report HERE.


May 19, 2020 Read the latest CDC Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.


May 19, 2020 Watch the recent MDHA Webinar: Addressing COVID-19 Concerns for Massachusetts Dental Hygienists


May 18, 2020 On May 18th, Governor Charlie Baker laid out the state’s four-phased reopening plan of Massachusetts. Understand the list of in-person services that SHOULD and SHOULD NOT start in Phase 1


May 18, 2020 Read MDHA President Pamela LaCerte’s May 18 letter HERE


May 14, 2020 Share Your Voice – Hazard Pay and Increased Worker Safety


May 1, 2020 ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work


May 1, 2020 Updates from OSHA


April 30, 2020. A MESSAGE FROM MDHA PRESIDENT PAMELA LACERTE


CDC Reopening Guidelines (last updated April 28, 2020)


April 24, 2020 MDS Board Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Office Closures


Contact Governor Baker regarding Re-opening of Dental Practices


March 27, 2020 ADHA UPDATES  COVID-19       


April 3, 2020 STUDENTS WE HEAR YOU! A message from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH:


March 24, 2020 ADHA’s Congressional Advocacy Campaign message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


March 23, 2020 Governor Baker Issues Stay-At-Home Advisory


March 23, 2020 Massachusetts Essential Services List


March 20, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


March 19, 2020 MDHA at work for YOU. Click HERE for Telegram & Gazette Article.


March 17, 2020 Message from MDHA Immediate Past President Kate Soal RDH, MEd:


March 16, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


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