March 20, 2020 | Issue 3
ADA/OSAP Webinar to Be Released Today
As a reminder, the ADA/Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) free on-demand webinar will be released later today, Friday, March 20. The content for the program is based on member questions received by ADA.
Register to Serve in the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers
Interested individuals are encouraged to register as a willing and able volunteer through the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV) – the Iowa Department of Public Health's secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large-scale disaster or public health emergency. Volunteers maintain the option to accept or decline any opportunity. Due to the Governor’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration, individuals who volunteer to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are granted liability immunity for their service. Volunteering for this disaster response will not impact unemployment benefits for those who are receiving them as a result of their clinic temporarily shutting down. 
Updates from Governor Reynolds
Governor Kim Reynolds hosted a press conference yesterday afternoon, addressing COVID-19 testing concerns and reiterating best practices to keep Iowa communities safe.

The Governor also signed an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration in a press release issued this morning.

Tune in to the Governor's press release on Facebook at 2:00 PM today, March 20 for more information on these latest updates.
Check List for Temporary Office Closure
Henry Schein Dental has created a check list of items to consider when temporarily closing offices. The check list covers the areas of:

  • Mechanical Room
  • Operatory
  • Technology
  • Sterilization-Lab
  • Imaging
IDB Creates COVID-19 Section on Website
In a press release yesterday the Iowa Dental Board announced that they have created a COVID-19 section on their website. IDB has separated the section into three pages:

ADA Offers New Resources
The ADA is constantly updating their website with resources for all areas of the dental practice, including practice management. Recently added resources in this area include:

The ADA COVID-19 FAQ and the IDA Coronavirus Resource pages are being updated as information is made available. The IDA Facebook page also provides frequent updates as they happen.
IEDA Assessing Impact of COVID-19
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has been tasked with assessing the impact of COVID-19 in Iowa. IDA members can assist in these efforts by completing the survey below regarding how your business is handling the pandemic. The IEDA will utilize information collected from the survey to inform its public policy as a response to the crisis, and determine how to best assist businesses during this time.