FDA Dental COVID-19 Operational Updates
Practice Update for COVID-19
We value all of our patients at Fredericksburg Dental Associates and want to keep continue to keep you up to date with how COVID-19 is affecting the practice and our ability to see patients. Yesterday, March 25th, Governor Northam in conjunction with the State Health Commissioner released a mandate for all medical facilities that use personal protective equipment or PPE to discontinue seeing patients unless the patient is having an emergency situation that would lead to the patient’s condition worsening and/or health being compromised. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Two---Order-of-The-Governor-and-State-Health-Commissioner.pdf
This new mandate is, not only, in an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19 but also to conserve PPE. The Commonwealth is trying to act proactively to prevent the severe shortages of PPE that is being seen in other areas of the country. We as a community would not want a First Responder resorting to reusing masks or wearing a trash bag because the supply has been diminished. This new mandate is in effect until April 25, 2020 and any violation by a healthcare provider is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
What this means to our patients is that we will continue to see patients for emergency care and we will need to become more discerning about what is an actual emergency under these new guidelines. We do want to be clear, though, that we are still here for you if you do require emergency care. The Commonwealth’s goal is not to have an influx of emergency room visits for dental emergencies and are allowing patients to seek emergency care through their established dentists.
Thank you so much for your continued cooperation and support as this crisis continues to alter our daily operations. We will continue to keep our patients up to date as things change throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please call us at 540-373-0602 for an emergency appointment