Message from Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association:
The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on our patients and dental hygienists. IDHA will continue to advocate for the health and safety of the community and all Illinois dental hygienists as this situation unfolds further. IDHA will be aligning with the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) to be sure we are all #SafeAtWork when we do return, because let's face it, staying home is not a permanent solution here. The ADA has recently released an interim guidance for returning to work. Within this guidance includes interim mask and face shield guidelines.
IDHA agrees with the recommendation released by the American Dental Association that Elective/Non-Emergency procedures be postponed until further notice. Please see this updated return to work statement from IDHA.
IDHA agrees with the recommendation released by the ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH on the interim guidelines on how to proceed with routine dental care SAFELY. Please read their SIREN Notification sent out on May 8, 2020.
IDHA will continue to update dental hygienists as new information becomes available to us and the general public. We are all in this together! As this situation has been changing rapidly, we hope that you are able to remain safe and healthy. Visit our Facebook page for faster updates. Please visit an article on our Latest News page for important COVID related resources, including how to report for non compliance.
In the meantime if you have questions concerning COVID-19, or issues related to this, contact:
ADHA – firstname.lastname@example.org
ADHA Return to Work Task Force - email@example.com.
Illinois Department of Public Health: 1-800-889-3931 - http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
You can also contact Governor Pritzker to advocate on behalf of yourself and fellow dental hygienists: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx
Stay up to date on ADHA'S website: https://www.adha.org/covid19
IDHA Advocacy for Illinois
IDHA OSHA Guidance on May 16: IDHA OSHA Guidance.pdf
ADHA Return to Work Guidance on May 8: https://www.adha.org/adha-interim-guidance-on-returning-to-work
IDHA Return to Work Guidance on May 5: IDHA Return to Work Guidance.pdf
IDHA Letter to Governor Pritzker on March 22: COVID_Letter_to_Governor.pdf
On April 27, 2020, during the Governor's press conference, Governor Pritzker apologized for misspeaking over the weekend of April 25-26 when he stated that dental offices were never instructed to close. See his statement here, fast forward to 14:50 within the video.
April 21, 2020: ADHA Call to Action
This Action Center initiative is led by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the only association representing the professional interests of the nation’s licensed dental hygiene community. For more information, visit ADHA.org.
We are aware many states are preparing to reopen the economy, including some dental offices, as early as this week. We know that access to appropriate PPE is a significant concern for the dental hygiene community. We need to unite and ensure our governors step up to support dental hygienists and ensure their access to appropriate PPE should their employer dental offices reopen. In order to protect the dental team and patients, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) continues to support the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recommending dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.
SIREN notification email sent out by the Illinois Department of Public Health on April 14th has released documention regarding the mandate of dental office closures to routine dental care, along with guidelines for measures to take while seeing patients. See these reports below. You can also find this information on the SIREN website at www.siren.illinois.gov. If you did NOT receive this email, you can opt in for these updates at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/siren
The COVID-19 crisis has brought uncertainty and hardship to many dental hygienists. For ADHA members on our quarterly payment plan, your payment scheduled for April 1 has been postponed to May 27.
This is an opportunity for us to come together, and come out stronger, as a united community. Thank you for supporting ADHA. If you have questions about your membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2020 Update from Matt Crespin:
March 20, 2020 Update from Matt Crespin:
March 16, 2020 Update by Matt Crespin, ADHA President: