The ADA and COVID-19 data
Dec. 31, 2019
Chinese health officials report pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, eventually identifying a novel coronavirus.
Jan. 21, 2020
Jan. 29, 2020
ADA forms team comprised of scientific and public health experts and ADA staff to lead Association’s COVID-19 response.
Feb. 29, 2020
World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
ADA turns to virtual meetings. The last in-person meeting in Chicago was the Council on Communications on March 13.
ADA recommends dentists postpone all but urgent/emergency procedures.
ADA develops definition on urgent and emergency care.
ADA releases guide to help dental offices address coding, billing procedures during COVID-19 outbreak.
ADA Health Policy Institute launches ongoing COVID-19 economic impact tracking poll. First survey of 19,000 dentists found 76% had closed their offices to all but emergency patients during COVID-19 pandemic.
FDI World Dental Congress cancels September event in Shanghai, China.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, becomes law. The $2 trillion stimulus package included provisions important to dentists, including Small Business Administration loans, retirement account withdrawals and student loan payments and interest deferral.
ADA issues recommendation that “dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.”
ADA releases interim guidance to minimize COVID-19 transmission risk when treating dental emergencies.
ADA Board of Trustees holds historic all-digital meeting.
New Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery develops Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit to help dentists return to more normal practice operations while protecting staff, patients and themselves from COVID-19.
1 million people test positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S.
CDC issues updated interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during COVID-19 response.
Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery releases hazard assessment guide and checklist for dental settings.
ADA creates resource to help dentists manage health of their team members if they are exposed to patient who later tests positive for COVID-19 or has household member test positive.
ADA receives a first installment of 350,000 3M-made KN95 masks from national stockpile that it starts to distribute to dentists working in states where PPE is in low supply.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal opens and begins accepting applications.
ADA and Florida Dental Association decide not to move forward with in-person ADA FDC annual meeting in Orlando.
Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery launches Patient Return Resource Center for dentists and their teams to use when communicating with patients about what to expect when returning for in-person dental care.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opens Provider Relief Fund to dentists who were ineligible in Phase 1.
Board of Trustees adopts ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guide advocacy for dental profession during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
ADA states it "respectfully yet strongly disagrees" with WHO's Aug. 11 interim guidance recommending that "routine" dental care be delayed in certain situations because of COVID-19.
Global COVID-19 deaths exceed
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says dentists are essential health care providers; vaccine allocation framework reflects this designation and identifies dentists as part of priority level one vaccine recipients.
HHS Provider Relief Fund opens for Phase 3 funding applications.
JADA study finds COVID-19 rate among U.S. dentists in June was less than 1%.
ADA hosts all-virtual annual meeting and House of Delegates.
House passes resolutions related to COVID-19 stating dentistry is essential health care and supporting vaccine administration and point-of-care testing by dentists and the expansion of practice scope during public health emergencies.
ADA urges CDC to prioritize vaccination of dentists and allow dentists to help vaccinate the public.
Amid autumn surge, U.S. reports over 4 million cases in November, averaging more than 100,000 new cases a day.
FDA issues emergency use authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
ADA officers approve vaccine strategy with three pillars — dentists getting the vaccine, dentists giving the vaccine, and dentists/ADA encouraging patients and public to be vaccinated. An area dedicated to vaccination is created on ADA.org/virus, which includes a map depicting the phase of each state’s vaccination plan in which dentists will receive the COVID-19 vaccination where determined and dentists’ ability to administer the COVID-19 vaccination by state.
ADA unveils COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet.
FDA issues emergency use authorization for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., receives COVID-19 vaccination at Tucson, Arizona, hospital where he regularly performs oral surgery. Dr. Klemmedson encourages fellow dentists to be vaccinated when they are eligible. “Within the past week, health care professionals around the country have rolled up their sleeves to receive the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Klemmedson said. “I was fortunate to be one of them.”
White House signs $900 billion coronavirus relief package.
CDC confirms recommendation that dentists, dental teams and dental students be in Phase 1a of state COVID-19 vaccination plans.
HPI survey finds consumer confidence in returning to the dental office hits new high with 88% reporting that they have already been back or are ready to go.
Give Kids A Smile hosts virtual national kickoff event. Nearly 1,000 programs have signed up to provide oral health services to nearly 300,000 children in 2021. Many have modified to include enhanced safety and infections control protocols in place.
COVID-19 death toll in U.S. surpasses
Research from ADA and American Dental Hygienists’ Association finds 3.1% of U.S. dental hygienists had contracted COVID-19 as of October 2020.
FDA issues emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
ADA releases Patient Return: Talking with Your Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines toolkit in an effort to improve vaccine confidence.
U.S. surpasses 80 million vaccine doses administered.
Vaccine doses administered worldwide exceed 275 million.
White House signs $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill aimed at helping the people and businesses nationwide devastated by the pandemic.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services amends an emergency declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to authorize additional providers, including dentists and dental students, to vaccinate patients for COVID-19 nationwide.
Current U.S. data on COVID-19
US Data from the CDC, WHO, as of March 26