This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
During this uncertain time, KOHC is dedicated to monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Governor Beshear, and key oral health organizations state and nationwide. We will continue to share information and engage the oral health community.
We encourage you all to take steps to ensure your own safety and that of your loved ones, and the wonderful communities that represent Kentucky. We will get through this together!
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Guidance for Individuals, Families, and Caregivers in Need of Oral Health Care
As dental offices begin to reopen across the state, you may make plans to visit your dental provider. This infographic outlines some changes you may see when you make an appointment or visit a dental office.
Dental Consultation Hotline
DentaQuest announces a new dental consultation hotline available to Kentucky residents to speak to a dental professional about oral health needs at no cost throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Kentucky residents can call the hotline at (800) 236-7619, which operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
Dr. Julie McKee explains changes patients will notice when going to their dentist.
From the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Recorded April 28, 2020
Guidance on Reopening of Dental Offices
Phase I Healthcare Services Reopening : Dentistry’s Plan
Beginning April 27, Kentucky’s licensed dental professionals are able to provide services to their patients by resuming non-urgent, non-emergent dental services, if they’ve met the appropriate reopening guidelines. In collaboration with the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienist Association, Kentucky Department of Public Health, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and Kentucky Oral Health Coalition provides initial reopening guidance for dental practices that will protect the dental team and their patients.
ADA Interim Guidance
The American Dental Association released a toolkit outlining interim guidance for oral health professionals as they return to work.
Guidance on PPE and Infection Control in Dental Offices
Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System
Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced a new resource for healthcare professionals across Kentucky to decontaminate N-95 masks for reuse. Located at the University of Louisville, the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System will allow for masks to be decontaminated and reused up to 20 times. This service is available to healthcare facilities for free.
To Enroll Visit: www.battelle.org/decon
Questions? Visit: www.battelle.org/n95
Kentucky Public Health PPE Fact Sheet
The Kentucky Department of Public Health provided a fact sheet for dental and medical professionals to request PPE supplies.
ADA Guidance Understanding Mask Types
The American Dental Association (ADA) provided guidance on understanding mask types.
Donate Personal Protective Equipment
Governor Beshear announced a statewide procedure for the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to those working on the front lines to keep Kentuckians safe. You can learn where to donate and complete the donation form.
ADA Interim Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on infection prevention and control for dental settings during COVID-19.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released new guidance for dental settings addressing infection control and prevention during COVID-19.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided guidance on approved disinfectants to use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Guidance on Teledentistry
Guidance on Licenses and Dental Student Exams
Additional Resources and Information
KOHC Webinar | Kentucky Phase I Healthcare Services Reopening
In an effort to help synthesize the new guidance surrounding Phase I Healthcare Services Reopening, the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition hosted a free webinar with key oral health partner organizations on Friday, May 1 at 1:00pm EST.
KOHC Webinar | Kentucky Oral Health Partner Response to COVID-19
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition hosted a webinar on April 3, 2020 featuring key oral health partners from across the state. The goal of this webinar was to synthesize information and recommendations for the oral health community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kentucky Youth Advocates Virtual Forum | Health Care, Access, and Equity
Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted a virtual forum on April 22, 2020 that addressed health care, health access, and health equity for kids and families in the wake of COVID-19. Panelists include: Lisa Lee, Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services; Veronica Cecil, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Dr. Donna Grigsby, UK Healthcare Pediatrics; and Dr. Nikki Stone, UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center.
Resources for Advocates and Community Members
Kentucky Youth Advocates COVID-19 Resources
As the watchdog for Kentucky kids, Kentucky Youth Advocates is monitoring policy developments, collaborating with state and national partners, and communicating with decision-makers to help Kentucky through the COVID-19 crisis. Now, perhaps more than ever, Kentuckians are relying on state and federal leaders to prioritize kids, and organizations that work with families must rely on one another.
Kosair Charities Face It Movement Resources
Whether you are a parent or caregiver–or someone who wants to lend a helping hand to families in our community–check out these ideas for reducing stress, managing the chaos at home, and having fun with your family. Learn More at faceitabuse.org
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