Elective medical procedures allowed now during pandemic

Posted at 5:08 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 17:10:56-04

Much to the surprise and delight of many of us, the governor relaxed rules for elective medical procedures.

Just like us, doctors will have to adjust to a new time. It won’t happen right away, but it will come back.

This includes dentists.

For Dr. Earl Chambers and his patients this is the sweet music. His father started the business in 1962 and Earl took over the reins 30 years ago. So, like many business owners, Dr. Chambers had to make a decision and that came on March 13th.

"We needed to abandon ship and move in a different direction," he said.

That was hard but, the only choice to make.

He secured about $100,000 in a home equity loan that he would be responsible for to cover his staffs salary. Luckily, the federal and state loans did come through. So with the staff taken care of, he would start preparing for the new normal.

Dentists will continue to stay ahead of the game trying to dodge invisible pathogens in the air. They will be covered up even more. Obtaining new equipment and changing protocols for staff does not happen over night.

Dr. Chambers hopes to be up and running by May 18th.

"I think that we need to walk very slowly, we need to orchestrate our staff and have them properly trained," he explained.