COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Return to Work

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ODHA and Our Advocacy and Partnerships

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association is working in partnership and collaboration with the professional dental community to ensure that dental hygienists are returning to work with access to resources and tools that promote safety and collegial communication.

We continue to engage in meetings and conversations with organizations who are committed to the same interests as the ODHA – providing a safe and healthy environment for practitioners and patients and supporting access to long-term opportunities for the dental hygiene workforce. We are committed to the transparent conversations and work with our aligned communities.

  • The Oregon Health Authority continues to provide updated guidance to both the governor’s office and the Oregon Board of Dentistry.
  • We are partnering with the Oregon Board of Dentistry to ensure our patients and professionals are safe as we return to the clinic environment.
  • We are in frequent communication and partnering with the Oregon Dental Association, who also wants to protect us, patients, and their members.
  • The ADHA ensures our voices are heard on the national level and works to activate our members locally.

Resources

Here are a few links and resources to navigate the new professional challenges around COVID-19.

  • If you need to file a claim for unemployment or have questions, go to the State of Oregon’s Employment Department.
  • If you have questions about your malpractice insurance coverage, please contact your broker or carrier about details.
  • If you are looking to access Personal Protection Equipment, please work with your office’s dental supplier or your county health department.
  • If you have questions about your dental hygiene license or continuing ed requirements, check out the  Oregon Board of Dentistry.

May 29, 2020

May 19, 2020

 

May 6, 2020

May 1, 2020

April 24, 2020

The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) will be issuing additional resources and guidance to dentists to help them successfully re-open their practices while protecting their staff and the public from COVID-19. The guidance will emphasize the importance of social distancing and compliance with new American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 safety.

We encourage dental hygienists to review the ODA guidance when it becomes available and work together with their dental team to promote safety for both patients and providers.

April 23, 2020

Governor Kate Brown announced plans to resume non-urgent medical and dental procedures, provided they can met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Those offices that meet these requirements will be able to resume non-urgent care on May 1, 2020.
Review the official framework online here.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) previously released guidance outlining the criteria. The Oregon Dental Association (ODA), in cooperation with the OHA and Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will be releasing additional resources and guidance as it becomes available.  

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Updates from the ODHA

Dear Members,
As the COVID-19 virus outbreak reaches our communities, we want to let you know that the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA) is monitoring important public health resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) for medical community guidance and public gatherings. We encourage you to do the same as information is changing rapidly.

The ADHA posts updates on its website. You can find this information on their homepage at www.adha.org.

By now, you are probably aware that the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) has cancelled the 2020 Oregon Dental Conference (ODC).  The decision to cancel the conference is based on Governor Kate Brown’s recently announced ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people, as well as growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Oregon.

Our partners at the ODA will advise on tuition refunds for registered attendees. For more information, check out their FAQ and Letter to Attendees. If you were a sponsor for the ODHA All Registered Dental Hygienist event at the ODC, we will reach out to you later this week.

Be sure to stay tuned to the ODHA website, upcoming emails and the monthly newsletter for updates about  ODHA’s continuing education in your area. We will notify you of any changes as we work through our event calendar.

In the meantime, please mark your calendar for the Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at the Embassy Suites Washington Square.

We all recognize that uncertainty is stressful and we hope that all our members, their families, loved ones and the people in their lives who you care about stay safe during this pandemic. 

Respectfully, 
Tiffany Foy