30 May Jonathan Cartu Says: Coronavirus in NY: Expanded dentist care is not in phase 2,
Syracuse, N.Y. — Expanded dentist care is not a part of the state’s phase two of reopening businesses, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed today.
“That’s good to know,” said Ann Marie Adornato, a periodontist who practices in Liverpool. The news isn’t great, because dentists like many others want to go back to work. But it’s good because she and some others in her profession weren’t sure where they fit in the state’s reopening plan amid the coronavirus.
Adornato reached out to syracuse.com | The Post-Standard for clarity after the New York State Dental Association put out information saying that all dental services could resume in phase two. Yet Adornato said she hadn’t heard that directly from any state official.
“The governor has not come out and said that and there’s confusion about it,” she said.
She said worried about bringing back patients and staff — who are on unemployment — only to find out that that dentists were not part of phase two.
As it turns out, that’s the case.
Dentists “are an essential business but open only for emergency dental,” Cuomo spokesman Jason Conwall confirmed in an email today in response to an inquiry from syracuse.com.
Adornato said she’s been providing emergency care, going into her office on Route 57 about once a week. She said if the state did expand dentistry services, she would be ready to go. She has protective gear, including face shields, in stock. Her office plans to stagger appointments and have people wait outside for care.
“We deal with infections everyday,” she said.
New York has a reopening tool on its website that allows you to look up information by region, business and phase.
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