Updated May 8, 2020
DCDS Requests Support from Mayor Bowser/DC Emergency Mgmt. Agency for Assistance with PPE
In a letter dated May 8, the DC Dental Society requested the assistance of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and director of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Chris Rodriguez, by prioritizing dentists as recipients of any personal protective equipment (PPE) the District of Columbia may receive from FEMA. The letter highlights the urgent need among DC dentists by sharing the findings of a member survey on stocks of PPE and other essential suppliers conducted earlier this week. That survey found that 52% of DC dentists do not have a sufficient supply of N95 masks to support one day of current operations, which are reduced to emergency or urgent procedures only under guidance from DC Health. One-third of our members lack sufficient face shields to support even one day at reduced operations, and another 20% have a supply for only 1-9 days of reduced operations. In terms of disposable gowns, 18% have no supply and another 30% have a supply for only 1-9 days of reduced operations.
Read the Letter Here
Updated May 4, 2020
Beware of Offers to Supply N95/KN95 Masks and Other PPE, Test Kits from Non-traditional Suppliers
The COVID-19 pandemic and short supply of N95/KN95 masks, other PPE, and test kits combine to create increased potential for unscrupulous activity and counterfeit products. You are urged to exercise extreme caution if offered an opportunity to purchase PPE, test kits and other supplies from non-tradition suppliers or supply chains. We are aware of multiple DCDS members who have been approached about the sale of KN95 masks and other PPE. While we do not know if these offers are for counterfeit products, the validity of the products offered could not be confirmed.
Our partner, TDSC recently released two resources that provide guidance on this topic:
· Article: Ethical sourcing standards ensure safe dental supplies
· Webinar: PPE Supply Chain Update (poor audio) – includes tips on distinguishing real from counterfeit products
Recently the FDA authorized Battelle to employ its Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS). The CCDS can be used to decontaminate N95 masks (healthcare and industrial) that are not cellulose based. There is a CCDS facility in DC, and the decontamination service is being provided to healthcare personnel at no charge. Here is the form to request the Battelle CCDS service. Additional information on this program is provided below under “Additional Resources.”
The FDA Establishment Registration & Device Listing enables you to look up manufacturers who are registered to sell medical devices, including PPE, in the United States. If you search for “ORW” under product code as shown in the screenshot below, you will be provided with a list of manufacturers that registered with the FDA to sell KN95 in the United States. The presence of a manufacturer on the list is not a guarantee; searching for the manufacturer on the list should be a minimal check performed. The FDA has a toll-free information line open 24 hours a day where you can ask questions about COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests, and COVID-19 device shortages, including all Personal Protective Equipment for masks and respirators: 1-888-INFO-FDA.
The CDC National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) provides additional information about N95 masks and alternatives permitted during the pandemic (FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)). NPPTL also provides information on counterfeit respirators. The NPPTL page also includes the following statement:
NIOSH has recently received new information from Stakeholders across the United States regarding products from China claiming to meet GB2626 and EN149. Assessment results confirm that some of these products have poor filter efficiency and are of poor quality. NIOSH is working closely with the FDA to align Emergency Use Authorizations to communicate the point of use testing results.
Updated April 17, 2020
DCDS Webinar Recordings Available
These webinars were presented for informational purposes only to assist you and your business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the short time frame required to organize this program, it is not possible for this webinar to be recognized under ADA CERP. There will be no CE provided.
Updated April 17, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Now Open to Independent Contractors/Self-Employed
The Small Business Administration issued a regulation
this week that opens up the Paycheck Protection Program to independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Learn more on the PPP main web page
Due to the volume of applications, the PPP is currently unable to accept new applications. We will provide notification if Congress does appropriate additional funds, so please stand ready to apply.
Updated April 3, 2020
Information on COVID-19 Federal Programs
Additional information on these and other programs designed to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic are available at ADA.org/virus
Paycheck Protection Program Highlights
- The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
- SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
- You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.
- Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Highlights:
- Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for up to $2 million.
- Ability to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance/grant of up to $10,000 up front.
- May be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
- Interest rate of 2.75%, payable over up to 30 years. Can defer initial payments for up to a year.
- Available to an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor.
- Apply directly at the SBA. Applicants may apply online or call 1-800-659-2955.
SBA Debt Relief Highlights:
- The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis.
- The SBA will pay the principal and interest on existing SBA 7(a) loans for a period of six months.
- Contact your local SBA loan office for details.
SBA Express Bridge Loans Highlights:
- Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
Provider Lost Revenue Program
- The purpose of this fund is to provide grants to health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to coronavirus.
- This program is available to any provider who is enrolled in the Medicare or Medicaid program.
- This program is not yet operational. HHS is working on the details.
- Program details will be forwarded as soon as they are released by HHS.
Updated April 3, 2020
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