HHS is accepting applications Oct. 5-Nov. 6 for the latest round of Provider Relief Funding intended to help health care providers suffering economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase-3 General Distribution funding is open for the first time to dentists who began practicing Jan. 1 through March 31.
Employees in California may be entitled to workers’ compensation if they test positive for COVID-19 or if their place of employment experiences an “outbreak” of COVID-19 as defined by legislation signed into law Sept. 17 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Dental assistants and dental hygienists in California who have not been able to complete their RDA and RDH programs and therefore take the required examinations and obtain their licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions now have additional time to satisfy the exam requirements.
A dental practice in Massachusetts was cited for six serious respiratory protection violations, including for “failing to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators as protection against the coronavirus,” according to an OSHA news release.
The October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores COVID-19 connections in oral health care and dentistry.
Two COVID-19 response bills related to employee notification and workers’ compensation were signed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and affect dental practice owners.
CDA Practice Support continues to publish frequently asked questions to help dentist-employers understand their obligations and options in the COVID environment. The newest FAQ answers questions about COVID-19 testing, exposure and reporting and employee paid leave.
Individuals and small-business owners should watch for suspicious or unexpected emails that appear to be from the Small Business Administration or that direct the recipient to the SBA’s website for COVID-19 relief.
With top Democratic lawmakers and White House officials struggling to reach a compromise on another round of broad coronavirus relief, the White House Saturday issued four presidential memos, or measures, aimed at mitigating the impacts of the pandemic by addressing jobless benefits, evictions, student loans and payroll taxes.