We are here for you with COVID-19 Resources, Webinars, Alerts

Monday, Jun 1, 2020

Harbor Dental Society wants to reassure you that you are not alone and we are here to help guide you through these unprecedented times, including members who are practice owners with staff, members managing business and student loans, members who just bought a practice, joined a practice as an associate, just graduated and in job search mode, life members who want to consider selling a practice, and our retired members and yet to be members. Thank you for being our valued members! 

Here are trusted resources available to help navigate and take the next steps to move forward successfully. Please reach out to the Harbor office if you have questions, 562.595.6303, or email Harbor's Executive Director email: Kristin@HarborDentalSociety.org and Janet@HarborDentalSociety.org.  Harbor has been organizing timely Live Town Hall Webinars so please check your emails on a regular basis for the invitations.  

Please continue to visit Harbor's Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/HarborDentalSociety along with the ADA.org/virus, as COVID-19 updates are being added daily. Visit cda.org/covid19 for the most up-to-date resources to help you navigate your dental practice, dental staff, patients, and community efforts.

Upward together!


The COVID-19 Situation Summary is rapidly evolving and information will be updated on the COVID-19 Situation Summary as it becomes available.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a page on their coronavirus website that is updated every day and features the latest news they have released. Click here to visit their “What’s New” page.

CDC Dental Settings resource page 

You can view daily updates from the California Department of Public Health on their website by clicking here.


Daily updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health can be found on their main coronavirus web page by clicking here and scrolling down to the “Latest News” section.


The Orange County Health Care Agency (health department) also offers daily updates on their main coronavirus website. You can visit it by clicking here and scrolling down to the “Latest News” section.


Similarly, the Long Beach Health and Human Services department offers their latest community news and announcement on their main coronavirus web page. You can visit it by clicking here and scrolling down to the “Latest News” section.


This guidance is intended for us all, whether you own a business, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your practice and home. Reopening requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.


COVID-19 Updates from Local Sites:

COVID-19 County, State, Federal Sites:

LOCAL Testing Sites: L.A. County is continuing to add more COVID-19 testing sites to serve all residents of our communities. Testing is available by appointment only! As of today, the following testing sites are accepting appointments and are fully operational. Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 Testing for more information. 


Register for Testing: Anyone interested in getting tested must first register on the Website. At this time, testing is limited to residents of L.A. County who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 



For those treating emergency patients of record and for our specialists taking the most serious of dental emergencies, here is a refresher on How to Properly Put on and Take off a Disposable Respirator


CDC has posted strategies for optimizing PPE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html


Updated May 29, 2020: CDC Interim Reopening Guidance for Dental Settings


CDC has updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response with guidance for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates include expanded recommendations for provision of dental care to both patients with COVID-19 and patients without COVID-19, as well as new information regarding patient management; administrative, engineering, and work practice controls; sterilization and disinfection; and considerations for the use of test-based strategies to inform patient care.


Dental health care personnel should apply the updated interim guidance as well as the guidance found in the Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic as they make determinations how and when to resume non-emergency dental care.


Dental settings should balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and dental healthcare personnel. Dental health care personnel should stay informed and regularly consult with the state or local health department for region-specific information and recommendations, and should monitor trends in local case counts and deaths, especially for populations at higher risk for severe illness. As a reminder, dental health care personnel are licensed by their state regulatory body and should practice according to their state dental practice acts or other relevant regulations. Interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19.


?You can find the most up-to-date information about infection prevention and control practices on CDC’s COVID-19 page. CDC will update this guidance as additional information becomes available.


UPDATE May 30, 2020: Resuming Deferred and Preventive Dental Care in LA County 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program (LAC OHP) is working with the California Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health (CDPH OOH) to address deferred dental treatment during this COVID-19 pandemic.

CDA Resources and Updates

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CDA Resources

ADA Resources and News Updates

Last updated: June 15, 2020

CODA review committees: Nominations due June 29. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) requests nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on review committees.

The following positions are available for 2020 vacancies with terms beginning October 2020: 

  • General Dentist
  • Public Member
  • Dental Hygiene Practitioner
  • Dental Educator

The deadline for nominations is June 29. For a full list of available positions and to complete a nomination form, visit ada.org. For questions, email hooperm@ada.org.

Update | NEW Watch: HPI, along with leaders in public health and health policy, discuss COVID-19’s impact on access to care for vulnerable populations (Video)

Update | NEW Watch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webinar about their updated guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response.

Update | Watch: HPI polling identifies positive signs for dentists in third week of “reopening” (Video)

Update | Watch the “COVID-19 Response: CDC Guidance for Dental Settings” webinar on demand

Update | When a Patient Tests Positive for COVID-19

ADA News | NEW HHS releases provider relief funds (06/09/2020)

ADA News | NEW 90% of dental offices have reopened for elective care, according to the sixth wave of HPI polling (06/05/2020)

ADA News | CDC guidance for dental settings echoes ADA guidance (06/02/2020)

Update | OSHA Guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers


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