March 2020 Newsletter
March 26, 2020
In these difficult times the NJAGD/AGD are working hard to ensure that the voice of the General Dentist is heard. We are working together with our representatives in the State and Federal government to make certain that our needs are taken into consideration.
We are in daily contact with representatives to ensure your safety and help obtain what is needed to continue our work.
The NJAGD President and Board are working tirelessly to represent your needs. Below is a letter to New Jersey Governor Murphy:
Dear Governor Murphy,
I represent the NJ Academy of General Dentistry as the current president. We have over 1500 member dentists in NJ.
Executive order 109 instructs dentists to list PPE not required for the provision of critical health
care services to donate to the state. The dental community has been dealing with shortages of PPE since early February. Masks, disinfectants, and wipes have been in limited supply. Suppliers have been rationing masks and limiting to 3 boxes per week. Many offices go through more than a box per day.
It is a significant hardship for dentists to cover for emergent care for their patients as recommended by the State Board of Dentistry and give up an already limited supply of PPE.
As a profession, we want to do our part in the health care system. We serve best by keeping otherwise healthy people out of the ER for a tooth ache, minor trauma, or minor orofacial infections.
Please work with the Federal Government to secure PPE for all healthcare providers.
Narpat S. Jain, DMD, MAGD
President New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry
March 26, 2020
|The NJAGD wishes to notify its members of the most recent guidance relating to COVID-19 outbreak. The NJAGD and AGD continue to monitor COVID-19 and work to identify resources and information that are useful to our members. Our team is working with federal agencies and legislators to advocate for policies that support general dentists, focusing on issues related to delivering patient care and managing your practice.
For the most updated information on measures in NJ, please visit the Department of Health website (https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_professionals.shtml) as well as the AGD website (https://www.agd.org/coronavirus). Read the message from AGD President, Dr. Connie White at (https://www.agd.org/publications-and-news/this-week-at-agd/this-week-at-agd-detail/2020/03/16/supporting-each-other-during-this-global-pandemic).
MedPro collected several resources from authoritative organizations — including dental-focused resources — that provide strategies and infection prevention information related to COVID-19:
Thanks to the efforts of the NJAGD/AGD and its Members, proposed Bill S2284 was passed in New Jersey to assist Small and Medium businesses.
1. S2284/A3845 gives the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) the power to distribute grants during a declared State of Emergency by the Governor, specifically for small and medium-size businesses and not-for-profit entities who are experiencing economic disruption due to the emergency. The legislation states that grants may be used for working capital, meeting payroll requirements and other conditions deemed reasonable by the authority.
After being introduced on March 16, the bill was passed through the Assembly by emergency resolution the same day and passed by the Senate March 19. It will now head to the Governor who is expected to sign and enact the bill. If the timeline goes as planned, an emergency rulemaking session will begin next week with the EDA to establish guidelines for issuing grants.
Though the bill is already expected to pass, it is important to let the legislature know we appreciate their actions in supporting small business owners during this difficult time by working diligently to advance S2284/A3845. Many NJ legislators sponsored this bill, and it was unanimously passed through both houses.
Narpat Jain, DMD, MAGD
We need your help today!
It is crucial that Dentists performing Emergency procedures are stocked with the proper PPE supplies. In a link sent to members we asked that you contact your legislators to voice your concerns. We had great results with 1/3 of our members reaching out, but we can’t stop there, please take a few moments to Tell Congress to Consider Dentistry in COVID-19 Response. Click on the link below to have your voice heard!
NJAGD Emergency Patient Referral List.
We would like to form a contact list of dentists available and willing to take emergency referrals. This list will be crucial in demonstrating the need for such supplies and ensuring patients do not go to Emergency Rooms for dental procedures.
Please email Mary Eastwood, Executive Director @ firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. We will add you to the list which will be distributed to our NJAGD members.
We want to thank our members for their support, we can not do this without you!