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Welcome to the Eighth District Dental Society!

Hello all,

I hope you are all doing well, and are following the Covid-19 preventive protocols that have been recommended in your county, as well as the guidelines strongly that have been recommended by our NYS Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Hopefully, this unprecedented situation resolves soon, although there is no certainty as to its longevity. It is important to stay current with all of the news as it relates to the spread of Covid-19, as well as following the steps of frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, avoidance of crowds, social distancing, self monitoring, and of course closing down our offices, except for urgent dental care, with emphasis on “urgent”. 

Obviously, this idea of ‘sheltering’ and closing will have a tremendous impact on all of us, financially, socially, and emotionally to our staffs, patients, and our families. That is why I am strongly recommending that all dentists be kept aware of the latest information available through the ADA, NYSDA, and of course the Eighth District Dental Society. Additionally, I would also suggest that all dentists sign up for Action Alerts through the ADA website at: 

https://www.ada.org/en/advocacy/get-involved/legislative-action-center 

It is simple; just sign up with your email address and submit. This is an excellent source of “up to the minute” practical, economic and legislative information that will affect all of us. 

In addition, to all who are interested and there is a desire to contribute as a medical/dental volunteer locally, please contact the Erie County Department of Health website, or 716-858-7690, or your Public Health Dept. in your County of residence. We have a tremendous amount of education, training, and willingness to contribute in many ways to help minimize the effects of this crisis. So, if possible, let’s contribute and hopefully shorten this unexpected and unwanted period of suspended animation. 

Please be safe, responsible, stay healthy, and act appropriately in reducing the spread of the Coronavirus. Hopefully, we will all return to normalcy as soon as possible. 

Thank you.

Warm and safe regards,

James C. Matteliano DDS

2020 President, Eighth District Dental Society

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NYSED Update During COVID-19

Continuing Education

Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor’s Office to tackle issues relating to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website for updated guidance.





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