COVID-19 UPDATE AND RESOURCE CENTER
If you are a patient looking for information, please visit our "Your Story Is Our Story" patient resource page
to find out what offices are doing to keep you safe.
As events rapidly develop, the NMDA is working to provide you the latest updates and resources for dentists on this page. The New Mexico Dental Association continues to be in touch with the American Dental Association, our Board of Trustees, our members, the public we serve, the state board, and other stakeholders on how we move forward: safely, financially and legislatively. We remain dedicated, vigilant and stand ready to provide the best information in the timeliest fashion.
DISCLAIMER: The content contained herein is informational only and should NOT be construed as legal, professional, financial, tax, insurance, or business advice.
NEWS UPDATES AND PRACTICE INFORMATION
11/15/20: Dental Advisory Team Issues Guidelines on Public Health Order Compliance
As we reported on Friday, the new health order does not differ very much from the language that has governed dental offices during the last six months. Dental offices provide essential services and should continue to be open during the shelter-at-home order. The order also, however, does not mean business as usual. The public health order relies on professionals, like us, to make the right call. So, the Dental Advisory Team has issued guidelines on compliance with the latest public health order PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ THE PDF.
11/13/20: Governor Issues Shelter-In-Place Public Health Orders
On Friday, November 13th, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced new shelter in place public health orders closing in-person services for all non-essential activities. Per her directive, "essential businesses," including what the State defines as "emergency dental facilities," may operate during the next two weeks if they reduce their operations and in-person workforce to the greatest extent possible.
The language of the public health order remains essentially the same as it has for the last 8 months. We interpret these orders to mean dental offices may remain open. But to the extent possible, using the discretion and professional judgement of the dentist, reduce operations and staff where they can during this 2 week period. Read the entire order HERE
The New Mexico Dental Association is in dialog with the administration to gain further clarification of this order and will provide additional advice as it becomes available.
NMDA COVID-19 Town Hall
The NMDA held a town hall meeting on October 14th providing the latest information on COVID-19 in New Mexico, and the most recent information for practices and patients.
COVID-19 Patient Positive Flowchart
The NMDA created a flowchart to help you navigate through the potentially stressful experience of what to do when a patient tests positive for COVID-19. The information is based on the CDC and ADA guidance. NMDA members can CLICK HERE
to visit our "Members Only" section to download the flowchart, which can be printed and posted for you and your staff.
NMDA Proposed Phased Restart
Please review the documents from April 20, 2020, on the NMDA's proposals for a Phased Restart and a FAQ page concerning relevant issues.
New Mexico COVID-19 Interactive Data Maps for Members
The New Mexico Dental Association collects and produces weekly maps as a service to our members to update them on the latest COVID-19 data in their area. Members can CLICK HERE to access these maps.
The first interactive map is broken into counites and features information on:
Cases per 100K (last 7 days)
Daily Avg./100K (last 7 days)
New Cases (7 days)
Each county is also coded by color based on risk of encountering infectious patient.
You will also find a second map showing regions as designated by the Department of Health, as well as a table indicating data by region and trends since the previous week.