LIDHA and NYDHA are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the actions of government and healthcare entities on a daily basis. We are advocating for our dental hygienists and encourage you to continue showing your support when you are called to action.


NYS issued guidance on the new NY PAUSE executive order that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The guidance defines essential to include “doctors and emergency dental,” among others.

New ADHA video on COVID-19 advocacy.


(a) ADHA has issued interim COVID-19 policy; provided Frequently Asked Questions and a dedicated email for your COVID-19 questions and concerns:;

(b) ADA issued guidance on dental emergency and non-emergency care;

(c) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released recommendations on adult elective surgeries, non-essential dental procedures.

(d) NYS emergency paid sick leave law signed.


(a) American Dental Hygienists’ Association issued a video including a statement strongly recommending that dental offices postpone non-emergency and elective procedures and continue to be available to patients for emergency needs – see more ADHA resources

(b) NYS Dental Association and American Dental Association issued similar statements and provide resources; 

(c) NYS Office of the Professions presented continuing education provisions and other procedures in light of COVID-19.

See more resources at NYS Health Dept.NYS Labor Dept., CDCNIH, and OSHA. Check for updates.