The Mississippi State Department of Health Advisory

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises that given the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi and the shortage of protective medical equipment, elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits must be postponed at this time.
 
The following measures should be taken:
•  Physicians, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored.
•  Physicians and providers should reschedule non-urgent medical appointments for a later date.
•  Dentists must delay non-emergency or routine dental procedures.
•  Patients should reschedule any non-essential procedures, surgeries or medical visits until the threat of COVID-19 is diminished.
 
These measures will protect patients and healthcare professionals by minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 and preserving valuable protective equipment.
 





MSBDE Return to Work Guidelines

Phase 1- Through April 26, 2020
Dentists may perform Emergency/Urgent Care Procedures Only.

Phase 2- April 27-May 10, 2020
Dentists may perform Essential Services Only pursuant to the ADSO (Association of Dental Support Organizations) Guidelines of Essential vs. Non-Essential Dental Procedures as well as defined by the MSBDE COVID-19 Protocols.

Phase 3- May 11-17, 2020
Dentists may perform Non-Essential Services for Low-Risk Patients Only pursuant to the ADSO Guidelines of Essential vs. Non-Essential Dental Procedures as well as defined by the MSBDE COVID-19 Protocols.

Phase 4- Beginning May 18, 2020
Dentists may perform Essential and Non-Essential Services for all Patient Categories as defined by the MSBDE COVID-19 Protocols.

*Please note- The MSBDE Return to Work Guidelines can be extended or alleviated by Board Action pursuant to any Mississippi Department of Health or MS Governor's Office request or mandate. Edited 4/28/2020

Click here to read the entire protocol from the MSBDE.
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