The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) Issues Guidance on COVID-19
As the facts and situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve, the Vermont State Dental Society Executive Board has decided to issue the following guidance for dentists in Vermont. The timing of this recommendation is in keeping with Governor Scott’s recent Declaration of a State of Emergency, and his decision to close public schools by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The VSDS strongly recommends that dentists practicing in Vermont voluntarily suspend non-essential or non-urgent dental care for the next 14 days (and then reevaluate at that time). Dentists must continue to be available to their patients as needed for emergency care and services. When treating emergencies please be extremely careful to follow all appropriate recommended infection control measures.
This is not guidance we are issuing lightly, and it is being done out of an abundance of caution during these turbulent times. This action is consistent to what other state dental societies are doing around the country. As healthcare professionals, we all have a role to play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and “flattening the curve” in order to follow sound scientific, public health advice, to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.
We recognize the gravity of these extreme measures and are very sensitive to the economic impact of such actions. Rest assured that the VSDS will work with state officials on behalf of Vermont dentists for economic relief packages that will benefit all.
The spread of COVID-19 will be determined by our collective actions now. We believe by taking these extraordinary precautions, dentists can help slow the spread of the virus and protect their patients, their staffs and themselves.
The VSDS will be issuing updated guidance via email and other channels as new information becomes available. We strongly encourage you to check www.vsds.org (HOME PAGE) for updates as they happen.
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