On May 29, Governor Gretchen Whitmer rescinded executive order 2020-17 and created a pathway for Covenant to resume non-emergency, in-person visits in June. This past month, Covenant Community Care re-opened on a limited basis for non-emergency medical, dental, and behavioral health visits.
Covenant’s Chief Dental Officer Dr. Lynn Eickholt provided an update on how the dental team is managing the re-opening as dental services in particular must conform to many new conditions:
“Just as a reminder, prior to June 1st, we were only able to offer emergency dental care at our Michigan Ave dental clinic. The Executive Order was lifted May 29th which allowed our dental team to start providing elective care (fillings, cleanings, crowns, and dentures) to patients of Covenant. We are slowly beginning to bring dental care back to our patients in a “new normal” era of dentistry. We have longer appointment times to allow for proper disinfection and social distancing within our clinics. We have also ordered new dental equipment to make our clinics safer for our patients and staff. On June 8th, we re-opened the Moross dental clinic for 3 days per week of in-person care. We have brought most staff back in a part-time or reduced schedule as we accommodate a soft re-start of our dental clinics. I am happy to announce that beginning July 6th, Moross Dental Clinic will be back to 5 days per week of patient care and staff will once again resume their normal work schedules.”
Covenant’s medical teams are also re-opening. Michigan remains open not just for emergency services but also more routine, non-emergency visits. Moross, Westland, Royal Oak, and Joy are all open once a week for in person visits and expect to resume a five-day-a-week in-person schedule by the end of July. We are grateful to be in a position to re-open and continue to provide integrated, affordable, and quality healthcare in this season of change.