Suggestions for Preparing Your Practice to Re-Open
On April 22, 2020, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-32, providing that “patients should be able to resume elective, non-essential surgeries [including dental surgeries]” on Friday, May 1. The entire order can be found at elective_surgeries.pdf.
AzDA recognizes that the Order has various criteria that seem difficult for dentists to satisfy and/or would only seem to apply to hospitals and/or healthcare facilities. Given these concerns, your AzDA has already reached out to the Governor’s Office and Arizona Department of Health Services to get clarification on how the Order applies to dentists and their practices.
We hope to have this clarification as soon as possible, given the May 1 date. Until we have an update, please be patient as we work with the Governor’s Office and Arizona Department of Health Services to provide you the information as soon as possible
In the meantime, we wanted to send the following suggestions for things you can consider doing now to start preparing your practice to re-open.
Please note that the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and these suggestions may also evolve and change. Regardless, as a dentist, it is ultimately up to you to exercise professional judgment and make well-informed and appropriate decisions regarding your practice, your patients, and your team members. The safety of you, your patients, and your team should be a priority when you exercise that professional judgment. In making these decisions, AzDA will continue to provide information and resources from entities like the American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Arizona Board of Dental Examiners (BODEX), and Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS). We recommend regularly checking the websites for these entities, especially www.ada.org/virus.
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