COVID-19 Information

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Updated March 25, 2020

Call for Donations of PPE and Medical Supplies

We received a request from GW Hospital for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies. The request notes that everything is backordered, so GW Hospital will accept any supplies you are able to donate (gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, n95 masks, alcohol wipes, sanitizing wipes). If you would like to make a donation, additional information is provided below for the delivery.
 
Delivery Address:
GW MFA ENT CLINIC 
2300 M Street NW 4th floor
Washington, DC 20011
Attn: Don Flemming (301) 646-7300
 
Delivery to the front entrance is fine
 
Boxes containing supplies should be labeled ENT PPE
Open/partially used containers will be accepted
 
To learn more, please contact Punam Thakkar at (718) 344-8131 or pthakkar@mfa.gwu.edu.
 

Updated March 18, 2020

 

From The D.C. Department of Health

Recommendations on Limitations of Elective and Non‐Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures The Surgeon General has advised a halt to all hospital elective procedures to ensure resources are available to treat patients with coronavirus (COVID‐19), while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations for specific health care settings to minimize risk once there is community spread. In addition to halting all hospital elective procedures, the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) is recommending that ALL elective medical procedures, non‐urgent hospital and outpatient visits, and non‐urgent dental procedures be postponed to preserve health care capacity as our community mitigation strategies work to flatten the epidemic curve.  
View the full text here.
Updated March 19, 2020

From the ADA:

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to dominate the news and there is much conflicting information circulating. A cross-divisional team of ADA staff is hard at work drawing upon information from the CDC to develop resources for members, dental societies, patients and staff.
 
This is a rapidly evolving issue, and the ADA will be in ongoing contact with the CDC to share information and resources. The ADA has developed an information page at www.ADA.org/virus with guidance on COVID-19 that includes:
 
  • Signs/symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19
  • Whether staff should report to work with acute respiratory symptoms
  • CDC recommendations for dental staff to receive the flu vaccine, given that it is much more likely that a patient with the flu may come to the office for dental treatment
  • Availability of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Prevention of Suspected Respiratory Disease Transmission in the Dental Healthcare Setting
In addition to the ADA's recommendations, OSHA has published guidance on preparing  workplaces for COVID-19. Click here to view the guidance.

If the information you seek is not posted, the ADA welcomes you to call or email the ADA Member Service Center at 800.621.8099 or msc@ada.org

Updated March 18, 2020

 A Message From Our President Dr. Steven Guttenberg:

I hope you, your family, friends and colleagues are faring as well as possible during this challenging time. During times such as these that it is easy to get caught up in the moment, act rashly and feel disconnected. For these reason, it is even more important to stay connected and maintain a positive attitude matters, now as much as ever.
 
We are all in this together and we will get through this together. Your DCDS and the ADA are as committed as ever to serve you and to support the dental community. Activity and communication is not one-directional. If you have any idea, a question or feedback you would like to share, please send them to info@dcdental.org
 
The ADA (ADA.org/virus) and DCDS websites are home to resources for you. Thank you for your support for our community, your engagement within the DC dental community, your membership.
 
Stay healthy, safe, and upbeat.
 
Dr. Steven Guttenberg
DCDS Presiden
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