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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information | Resources | Updates | What You Should Know

March 16, 2020

From NJDA's Executive Director and General Counsel

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is published on the websites of the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, the ADA and the NJDA, as well as in this email alert.A principal role of the NJDA is to provide a valuable resource to its members.Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact me or others at the Association if there are any questions on this or any other subject. For your convenience, my direct dial telephone number is (732) 422-2730. To access Recommendations for Dental Offices just published in the Journal of Dental Research,click here.
-Arthur Meisel

RESOURCES from the CDC Division of Oral Health published by the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)

As the expanding global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues, the federal government continues to work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners across the globe to respond to this public health threat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Oral Health (DOH) is diligently working with CDC’s Emergency Operations Center to develop tailored COVID-19 guidance for dental health care personnel (DHCP). Once this guidance is available online, DOH and partners will promote these resources as well as any related events (e.g., informational webinar,Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity) to the dental community.
It's unknown at this time what the full impact of COVID-19 will be in a U.S. All healthcare facilities should take steps now to prepare for the possibility of a widespread and severe COVID-19 outbreak to prepare their practices and protect both their patients and staff. CDC urges providers to be familiar with the information on CDC’sCOVID-19website. Specific information is available forHealthcare Professionals, including aHealthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist,instructions onEvaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI), and a page onWhat Healthcare Personnel Should Know. DHCP can also consider signing up for communications from CDC’sHealth Alert Network, which is CDC’s primary method of sharing cleared information about urgent public health incidents.
Standard precautions, including proper personal protective equipment, should be followed when caring for any patient. These practices are designed to both protect DHCP and prevent DHCP from spreading infections among patients.
CDC’s guidelines note that, if not clinically urgent, DHCP should consider postponing non-emergency or elective dental procedures in patients who have signs or symptoms of respiratory illness.For procedures which are considered clinically urgent, dental health care personnel and medical providers should work together to determine an appropriate facility for treatment. The urgency of a procedure is a decision based on clinical judgement and should be made on a case-by-case basis.
The Division of Oral Health will communicate through partners as soon as tailored guidance is available for the dental community. Thank you for all you are doing to keep our country safe and healthy.


As of March 11, 2020, the American Dental Association has updated itsweb page on the coronavirusto include additional resources for dentists including FAQs on topics such as personal protective equipment and patient communications. For additional information

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW From the Department of Labor & Workforce

New Jersey has among the most comprehensiveEarned Sick Leave,Temporary DisabilityandFamily Leave Insurancelaws in the country, which cover all employees – full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.For NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus, please click here.