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!

Guidance for Individuals, Families, and Caregivers in Need of Oral Health Care 

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As you make plans to visit your dental provider, consider these changes you may see when you make an appointment or visit a dental office.  What to Expect as Dental Offices Reopen.

Dr. Julie McKee explains changes patients will notice when going to their dentist.

Recorded April 28, 2020 by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Guidance on Reopening of Dental Offices

April 27, 2020 Governor Beshear issued an executive order addressing healthcare reopening in Kentucky.

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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.

Phase I of Dentistry Reopening FAQ

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OSAP Guidance

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) and The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement provide guidance for dental offices regarding infection prevention and control during a pandemic, including COVID-19.

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ADHA Interim Guidance

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) provided interim guidance on returning to work.

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ADA Interim Guidance

The American Dental Association (ADA) 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.

CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued  guidance  on infection prevention and control for dental settings during COVID-19. 

OSHA Guidance

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released new guidance for dental settings addressing infection control and prevention during COVID-19.

EPA Guidance

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 COVID-19 Resources and Information

Webinars

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

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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.

Resources include

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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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