Note: This Virtual Membership meeting was held May 18, 2020, and some guidance has changed between the recording and the recap below. As the landscape continues to change quickly, we urge all members to regularly watch cda.org for updates.
CDA held its first Virtual Membership Meeting this week to answer members’ most pressing questions about returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting was led by a panel of leaders in dentistry: Dr. Richard Nagy, CDA president; Dr. Natasha Lee, appointee to the governor’s Task Force of Business and Jobs Recovery and past CDA president; and Dr. James Stephens, trustee of the American Dental Association and past CDA president.
Before the event, CDA members submitted questions and the most common topics and questions were addressed by the panelists live. Topics included:
Watch the full recording of the meeting, or see the recap below of questions that were addressed in the meeting. These questions represented the majority of submissions CDA received around a variety of back-to-practice topics.
Many of the questions that came in before the meeting were about PPE, including new requirements, N95 masks, supply shortages and avoiding counterfeit. Answers to these questions can also be found in via the resources below:
PPE Recommendations chart
Respirator Decontamination Guidance
N95 Fit Testing Requirements
Regulatory Compliance: Respirators and Fit Testing
Using Respirators and Surgical Masks in Dental Settings During COVID-19 (ADA)
N95 Respirators: Equivalent Respirators and Counterfeits
NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators (CDC)
Be wary of counterfeit products marketed to dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic
Topic: Reopening practices
CDA members posed questions for the panel around how to distinguish between local and state directives and what protocols and procedures must change when practices reopen. Use the resources below to navigate common questions about returning to practice:
CDA letter to Gov. Newsom calls for immediate alignment of return-to-work directives
Dental Aerosol Management
Back to Practice Staff Training
Opening California Dental Facilities Checklist
Back to Practice Letter to Employees
Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the Workplace (CDC)
Topic: Employees and Practice Management
Several questions were raised about how to work with the dental team in returning to practice: what to do if an employee isn’t comfortable returning to work, how to screen staff and manage liability. Here are resources to help answer:
Employer Guide to FFCRA
Employer FFCRA Documentation Checklist
TDIC COVID-19 FAQs
This Virtual Membership Meeting gave members a chance to ask questions directly to leadership about CDA’s efforts during the pandemic, including advocacy efforts
California Dental Association Statement on Gov. Gavin Newsom's May Budget Revision
Manikin-based WREB and ADEX exams will be formally reviewed as pathway to dental licensure
CDA call to action: Dentists need PPE and relief now
CDA working with legislators, mounting grassroots advocacy in efforts to secure PPE for dentists
TDIC provides premium refunds for policyholders during COVID-19 pandemic
Governor appoints dentist to California’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force
If you submitted a question that you do not feel was answered by the panelists discussion, we encourage you to visit CDA’s Back to Practice resource library, or contact CDA Practice Support for help.