The WDA will continue to keep members and other dental health professionals informed about COVID-19 on this page. Additionally, we will issue frequent updates – based on information from the local, state and federal levels – via email and on our social media channels. WDA email updates will be archived on this page.

 

Healthcare workers, including dentists and members of the dental team, are considered “essential” under the state “Safer at Home” order in place until Friday, April 24. The order is NOT a mandate to close dental offices – dental professionals remain available to provide emergency care to the public. That said, the order does supersede previously issued ADA and WDA recommended timelines for suspending non-emergency procedures. Wisconsin dental offices should continue limiting services to emergency treatment through April 24, unless the order is rescinded or changed. Read the order

 

ADA Resources

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

ADA COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission (4/1/2020)

Flowcharts – Interim Guidance for Triage, Screening and Risk Assessment of Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/1/2020)

Summary of ADA Guidance During the COVID-19 Crisis (4/1/2020)

These pages are updated daily, visit often for the latest information on:

 

WDA Resources

WDA Business Q&A – HR, Insurance and Financial Relief

WDA Dental Office Closures FAQs – Urgent vs. Non-urgent Procedures, Screening and Treatment Protocols 

WDA Service Solutions – How to Prepare Dental Equipment During Extended Absence

WDAISC and N-Tech Consulting Cybercrime Protection Guide

WDA News Release: Wisconsin Dental Association Donates 20,000 Masks, Other PPE to WI Emergency Management (3/25/2020)

WDA News Release: Wisconsin’s Dentists Remain Available for Emergency and Urgent Care; Four Signs You Should Seek Emergency Treatment (3/20/2020)

 

CDC Resources

CDC coronavirus website

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response – (3/27/2020)

CDC Recommendation: Postpone Non-Urgent Dental Procedures, Surgeries and Visits – (Updated 3/27/2020)

CDC COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals

CDC COVID-19 print resources, including fact sheets and posters

 

World Health Organization (WHO) Resources

Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – including clinical guidance

Video: Coronavirus – What is it?

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Combating the Coronavirus: Resources for Businesses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Article: Handling Coronavirus Layoffs

 

U.S. Department of Labor Resources

Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (4/1/2020)

Article: Labor department releases required poster, issues first guidance on coronavirus response act (3/27/2020)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers

COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers

Downloadable poster for placement in dental offices

 

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Updates

Telehealth Guidance – Memo from Secretary Dawn Crim (4/1/2020)

FAQs about Gov. Evers’ Emergency Order 16 (4/1/2020)

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

 

OSHA Resources

Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Information for Dental Health Care Professionals (DHCP): What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – 3/20/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

Listing of Wisconsin County Public Health Departments

 

U.S. Small Business Administration Resources

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center – SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loan Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Gov. Evers’ request to extend SBA disaster assistance to Wisconsin

 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Resources

Enforcement Policy for Gowns, Other Apparel, and Gloves During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

 

U.S. Department of Treasury Resources

Assistance for Small Businesses

Paycheck Protection Loans – Top-line overview

 

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Resources

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance news update (3/27/2020)

DWD – Coronavirus Information

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information

 

Wisconsin Department of Economic Development Corporation Resources

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency

 

IRS Resources

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief

Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know

 

Mental Health Resources Available

We’re living through a time of uncertainty and it’s normal to feel stressed and anxious. Members have asked for mental health information, and the ADA posted these new resources today:

Here are other resources that may provide helpful information.

 

WDA Coronavirus Update Email Archive (This is a fluid and ever-changing situation; update content was up-to-date at the time of distribution.)

4/2 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Thursday, April 2 – ADA releases new flowcharts for management of emergency and urgent dental care

4/1 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1 – Gov. Evers announces 2nd package of proposals providing COVID-19 relief and support

4/1 – Ethical Considerations for Dental Practices Choosing to Ignore Recommendations to Limit Elective Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis

3/31 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Tuesday, March 31 – Evers requests federal disaster declaration

3/30 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday, March 30 – Evers asks Legislature to extend emergency declaration, appropriate additional funds

3/27 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Friday, March 27 – House passes CARES Act; Trump to sign

3/26 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Thursday, March 26 – U.S. Senate passes CARES Act

3/25 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25 – State order supersedes previous ADA/WDA timeline recommendations 

3/25 – State Order Means Wisconsin Dentists Should Postpone Nonessential Procedures Until April 24 at Earliest

3/24 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24 – “Safer At Home” order exempts dental offices 

3/23 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday, March 23 – Dental workers considered ‘essential’ under Evers’ stay-at-home order

3/20 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Friday, March 20 – DHS Issues Guidelines for Dental Providers

3/19 – COVID 19 UPDATE: Thursday, March 19

3/18 – COVID 19 UPDATE: Wednesday, March 18

3/17 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Information for Affected Businesses

3/16 – WDA Supports ADA Recommendations for Dental Offices Regarding COVID-19

3/13 – Communicating with Patients about COVID-19

3/12 – Coronavirus Update – Protocol for Managing Patients

 

Additional Resources

WDAISC Coronavirus Resource Center

WPS Health Insurance COVID-19 page

Delta Dental of Wisconsin Advance Payment Support Program | Details

ThinkHR COVID-19 Crisis Response Center

ThinkHR – When Business Threats Are Contagious: 10 Answers for Employers Navigating the Coronavirus

ThinkHR – COVID-19 FAQs Webinar

ThinkHR – COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices Webinar (recording)

SoFi Student Loan Refinancing FAQs (with special section regarding COVID-19 considerations)

BMO Harris Bank – COVID-19 Update

MedPro Group’s COVID-19 FAQs and Risk Resources

COVID-19 ForwardHealth Provider News and Resources page

Husch Blackwell Coronavirus Toolkit – various resources for business and healthcare

Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg LLC – Guidance on SBA Paycheck Protection Loans

Milwaukee Business Journal: Small Business Resource Guide

The Atlantic: Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful (3/20/2020)

Academy of General Dentistry: COVID-19 Information

American Dental Hygienists Association: Coronavirus Information for Dental Hygienists

Sample Office Closure Letter to Patients

Marquette University School of Dentistry updates