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Wisconsin dental offices should continue limiting services to emergency treatment through April 24, unless the order is rescinded or changed.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
- CARES Act Small Business Interruption Loans
- The Small Business Owners’ Guide to the CARES Act (prepared by the Senate Small Business Committee)
- Fact Sheet on SBA loan options, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Loans (ADA and the Academy of Dental CPAs)
These pages are updated daily, visit often for the latest information on:
- Emergency vs. non-emergency care
- COVID-19 billing and coding guidance
- ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19
- Practice management resources, including financial, contract and third-party payer information
- Safety and clinical guidance
- On-demand links to digital events and webinars
CDC Recommendation: Postpone Non-Urgent Dental Procedures, Surgeries and Visits – (Updated 3/27/2020)
World Health Organization (WHO) Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources
U.S. Department of Labor Resources
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Updates
FAQs about Gov. Evers’ Emergency Order 16 (4/1/2020)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
U.S. Small Business Administration Resources
U.S. Food & Drug Administration Resources
U.S. Department of Treasury Resources
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Resources
Wisconsin Department of Economic Development Corporation Resources
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:
- Under Stress? We’re Here to Help: Access the ADA Health and Wellness Program Directory, with contact information for help in your state.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Webinar]: Addresses how to identify stress, recognize the physical and mental impacts of stress and how to manage the negative types of stress.
- Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Your Stress: Tackle your stress through mindfulness exercises.
Here are other resources that may provide helpful information.
- Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19: Manage Anxiety and Stress
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – COVID-19 Information and Resources
- American Psychological Association – Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
- Cleveland Clinic: 5 Ways to Manage Stress During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Wisconsin Public Radio: Feeling Anxious or Stressed About the Coronavirus? Psychologist Offers Strategies to Cope
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Managing COVID-19 Anxiety
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak
WDA Coronavirus Update Email Archive (This is a fluid and ever-changing situation; update content was up-to-date at the time of distribution.)
SoFi Student Loan Refinancing FAQs (with special section regarding COVID-19 considerations)
Husch Blackwell Coronavirus Toolkit – various resources for business and healthcare