April 21, 2020 | Issue 26
ADA, IDA Advocate for Increased SBA Loan Funding, Flexibility
IDA recently joined forces with the ADA and other state associations in a letter addressed to leaders from the United States House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The letter calls for increased funding for PPP and EIDL Loans provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the CARES Act. The ADA previously reported that the SBA was no longer accepting applications for these loans as of April 16.

The ADA is also advocating for flexibility for dental practices to choose the eight-week period for PPP loans. Specifically, the letter asks congressional leaders to:

"Consider allowing small business dental practices to choose the 8- week period for which they seek forgiveness for the loans and rehire back staff before December 31, 2020, instead of requiring them to rehire staff by June 30, 2020. This would allow these practices to make decisions about staffing and payroll based on when they plan to fully reopen. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration classifies dental health care personnel in the very high exposure risk category 1 and the ability to fully reopen dental practices is contingent on the ability to completely control the coronavirus pandemic in a relatively short period of time."
New CE Webinar Focuses on HPV in Head and Neck Region
IDA is excited to offer Dr. John Hellstein's HPV Oropharyngeal Carcinoma/Head Neck Cancer and Immune Related Disorders with Medical Considerations course originally scheduled for IDEAS20 as an on-demand webinar worth 3 CEUs. This course is IDA's most recent CE offering as part of a continued effort to provide dentists and staff with resources needed for licensure. Learn more about additional on-demand webinars provided by IDA, including a dental radiology course satisfying the dental radiography requirement for dental assistants and a free infection control webinar satisfying the one-hour requirement for all dental professionals.
Protecting Your Practice if a Staff Member Tests Positive
If an employee at your practice has tested positive for COVID-19, it becomes a concern for your entire staff and any patients you are seeing who may have had contact with the infected individual. The ADA has provided guidance for how to proceed to ensure the safety of your practice going forward.
Governor's Daily Press Conferences
Governor Reynolds continues to conduct daily press conferences at 11:00 AM. Access the press conferences via  Facebook and on many local news channels.

The governor issues daily press releases regarding the status of COVID-19's effect on Iowans.  Click here to access the most recent press release.