• Covid-19 Updates

SBA Declaration for COVID-19 for all Counties in Montana

     Montana was granted a Small Business Administration (SBA) Declaration for COVID-19 for all counties in Montana. Businesses no longer need to submit Economic Injury worksheets. They may now directly apply for loans up to $2 million. The link to apply for SBA loans can be found on the COVID-19 website under the JIC tab and the direct link to apply for a loan is https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.   This site is experiencing bandwidth issues, please call SBA directly with questions regarding the application.  1.800.621.3362 or email.

ADA on-demand webinar available Friday, March 20

The ADA will release an on-demand webinar on Friday, March 20, with infection control experts representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as it navigates the challenges COVID-19 is presenting to the profession. The ADA has been collecting questions from members to address on the pre-recorded webinar; it will be available at www.ADA.org  as soon as it is ready for viewing.

 

The ADA reports that it is also working on additional information, including guidance on business and clinical matters, for release as quickly as possible. Continue to watch for ADA emails and visit the Coronavirus Resource Center for Dentists at www.ADA.org/virus. If you have specific questions about the ADA's recommendation for dental office closures, please email  msc [AT] ada [DOT] org or use the live chat function on www.ADA.org. Team members will be online from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT each weekday.

COVID-19 Dental Practice Business Concerns 3/17/20

The MDA central office staff is working with ADA and other states to provide answers to dental practices such as:

1.  How will FMLA affect my business and what can I tell employees?

2.  Are there business insurance clauses I can identify that will tell me if this emergency counts as a loss?

3.  What does the State of Montana offer for unemployment insurance if I shut down for three weeks?

4.  Where can I access funds that may be reimbursed later through economic stimulus?

We are working on the first three and have an answer for #4.:

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

  • Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For updates from CDC, please see the following:

MDA will update you on any additional relevant information as it becomes available.

COVID-19 Update from MDA 3/16/20

The Montana Dental Association recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The MDA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.  

As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The MDA is committed to providing the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner.

We encourage MDA members to review the recommendations from the ADA and Center for Disease Control for guidance on how to proceed under these challenging circumstances.

The MDA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA for the latest information.