DC dental patients will have to wait another week before they can receive their dental care.
The DC Department of Health said the clinic in the Capital Beltway is closed for the remainder of the month as part of a state-imposed moratorium on dental procedures.
A state spokeswoman said the Dental Health Department will review and adjust the scheduling of dental procedures based on the needs of patients.
The clinic will reopen in the coming days.
The Dental Center at the University of Maryland Health System has reopened in Baltimore for patients.
Dr. Thomas Meeks said in a statement to the Baltimore Sun the clinic’s shutdown was a result of “continuing efforts to implement a state law that mandates mandatory patient notification and requires Dental Centers to follow state standards.”
Meeks said the hospital had been operating on a schedule to schedule visits by March 26, the first day patients can visit a dentist.
He said patients will still be able to see dentists throughout the month.
Dr, Meeks added that the clinic is still providing dental services in the capital, including in the District.
Dental clinic closures affect dental students who go to MDH.
I am deeply saddened by this news.
#MDHpic.twitter.com/lVQ6c1d3Vz — Mary-Louise Gatto (@MDH_M) March 29, 2021A Dental College of Maryland spokesperson told CBS Baltimore that the school will continue to provide dental care in Maryland.
Students at Dental University of Baltimore, the school’s dental school, have been asked to apply for and be approved for the program through March 23.
The announcement that the DCHHS would not provide dental services to Dental students comes just days after President Donald Trump signed a $1.6 billion relief package that included $2.6 million in aid to Maryland.
The measure, passed by Congress, allows for up to $200 million in state aid to help low-income residents purchase health care and emergency medical services, and $3.8 billion in additional state aid.DCHHS said in its statement to CBS Baltimore the state has already received nearly $8 million in emergency aid from Maryland.CBS Baltimore’s John Martin contributed to this report.