This page is to assist Third District Members with current information from

ADA and NYSDA Guidance, the Center for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health


COVID-19 / 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

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NYS Coronavirus Tracker View


New 5/31/2020

It can not get any more official than this



Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today
Dentistry Opens June 1st Statewide

See Governor Cuomo's Announcement


NYSDA worked tirelessly with the governors office the past few days to achieve this, to open ALL dental offices and remove the earlier Executive Order that made the offices essential only for emergent/urgent care. Dental office are now open for all dental treatments within new guidelines.

Things You Need To Do to Open and be in NYS Compliance:
NYS DOH Interim Guidance - read and attest to the document - save a copy

NYS Phase 2 Industries - Dentistry is included in the Offices Link - Follow the instruction on the three buttons - save a copy for your records. 

CDC Guidance for Dental Settings View webpage


ADA Opening Tool Kit View Website  (4/272020) You will need to sign in with your ADA number to view.


Federal Guidance to Re-Open Business View Document



Mask and Gown Vendors  View List

These vendors had reached out to the district office. They are not endorsed or have any affiliation agreement with us. This list is to assist members find PPE. We do verify that the masks are on the FDA or CDC approved list.  

CLARIFICATION ON MASKS:  There has been many calls regarding FDA and CDC approved masks. We consulted with NYSDA.The FDA is the only entity that can actually approve manufacturers to produce and sell medical devices in the United States. Their list is the one for authorized sellers. The two lists work together in that NIOSH is the standard setting body that the FDA normally relies on for determining the quality of N95 masks. The NIOSH list is the list for determining the quality of the product – but the FDA has approved the sale of non-NIOSH approved masks too. If you want the highest quality NIOSH mask, then you would guide your purchasing decisions from that list. If you want a mask that the FDA says is good enough to be sold in the United States regardless of NIOSH, then you would use the FDA list. It is a matter of quality versus quantity. Using only NIOSH-approved masks, which is the usual quality standard, would reduce the supply to such an extent right now as to be impractical – so the FDA is allowing other masks to be sold as equivalents.

County Emergency Management Officers:
FEMA sends supplies to NY and is then distributed to county EMO's. Dr. David Mitola and I have been in contact with each EMO in the district. These supplies are free of charge and may help you open your doors if they are available in your county. Please contact the county EMO of your practice.


Albany County:
Application Form required. Get form  currently out of supplies

Rensselaer County
Complete forms and email to
Request forms for supplies
Request for Hand Sanitizer

Greene County:
When supplies are available they earmark some items for Dental Practices and before distribution I would need:
Email the following to:
Practice name and location
Number of people who need masks (those having patient contact)
Number of masks requested
Statement that you have been unable to purchase these masks on the open market
Date the practice needs them by

We’ll then schedule a date/ time for someone to pick up in Cairo.

Sullivan County (has not responded)

Ulster County



NYS Governor Cuomo


Governor's Announcements  (ongoing updated daily)

NYS Testing Protocol



ADA Guidance on Re-Opening Your Dental Practice View Website (4/27/2020)

"The Role of Aerosol on the Transmission of Coronavirus and the Impact in Dentistry" (Recorded Webinar)

ADA Urges Dentists to Heed April 30 Interim Postponement Recommendation, Maintain Focus on Urgent and Emergency Dental Care Only View Guidance  (4/3/2020)

Guidance on Continuing to Practice Ethically during COVID-19 (3/30/20) View Document
Emergency or Non Emergency? ADA Offers Guidance for Determining Dental Procedures  - please read this guidance
ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission view document
ADA Interim Guidance for Management of Emergency and Urgent Dental Care  view document
Sample Letters  to Patients Document
ADA and OSAP COVID-19  On Demand webinar  


with infection control experts representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as we all navigate the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to our profession.






NYSDA Guidance and NYS centered information at the NYSDA Website


Teledentistry Topics

It is legal in NYS to provide TeleDentistry

ADA Provides Insurance Coding for TeleDentistry and COVID-19 (4/13)  Payer Policy Letter    ADA Coding

ADA offers Free Teledentistry On Demand CE course for members.  View Course
While we wait for the NYS Pause to  be behind us, you may wish to offer TeleDentistry to your patients to review their symptoms, screen and determine if they are in need of an emergency/urgent visit. 




COVID-19 Main Page

Dental Settings During Covid-19 View Webpage 4/27/2020

CDC Dental Specific Infection Control

CDC Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19  View Document (4/1/2020)



Guidance for Health Care Providers   View Website


NYS Dept of Health Advisory: Options when Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in Short Supply or Not Available

View Document  (4/9/2020)

NYS Testing Protocol View Directive



Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employer Posting Requirement  View Poster  4-1-2020


NY DOL Website for Employers:


NY DOL Website – Shared Work:


UPDATE—Paid Sick Leave for New Yorkers Impacted by COVID-19(3/30/20)

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to provide immediate assistance to New Yorkers affected by COVID-19. This will assist New Yorkers who have been subject to a mandatory or precautionary quarantine order and minimize the hardship they are experiencing through no fault of their own.

Under the new law, workers are guaranteed job protection and financial compensation while they, or their minor dependent child, are under an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The provisions of the quarantine legislation take effect immediately.

To help you understand the scope of your responsibilities, and assist you with this transition, guidance materials are available



NY Assists Workers Impacted by Corona Virus - Bill signed 3/18


NYS Guidance on Self Employed filing for Unemployment view document (4/3/2020




O’Connell and Aronowitz - Graig Zappia, Esq., Meredith Savitt, Esq.

Employment Law  Update Relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic   FMLA Guidance Document
O&A Federal Law Benefits Expansion Employment Alert Newsletter _ March 2020  View Document


Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at:


For New York State Small Business Loan Resources-  visit:

US Senate The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act View Document


NYS Education Regarding CE Credits

Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-September 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study,  so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.


American Heart Association extended card expiration March to August to the new expiration of September 1, 2020





Sample Message to Patients:

"Dr Office Name" --   The health and safety of our patients, providers and staff are important to us. Due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19, although not currently widespread, we are taking precautions as advised by the Department of Health. If you have recently traveled and/or you have or recently had a fever, cough, respiratory issues, vomiting, a rash or diarrhea, please call our office before coming to your appointment "Phone #".


Posters for your Office




   Intraoral & Intranasal Antiseptics May Help Reduce Transmission of COVID-19 (3-31-2020) 

   Dr. Dorfman's blog page  (for informational purpose only not an endorsement of effectiveness)





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