Pediatric dentist speaks on Abbott’s orders for healthcare


All medical practices deemed not essential must pause for a month. Governor Greg Abbott believes reallocating resources will best protect hospitals against a widespread COVID-19 outbreak.

In a press conference Sunday, Abbott issued an executive order restricting healthcare professionals and facilities. According to executive order No. GA-09, “beginning now and continuing until 11:59p.m. on April 21st, 2020, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures not medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

Local pediatric dentist James Miller understands the orders to close his practices, even though he says he is out of a job for right now. As one of four pediatric dentists in the Permian Basin, Miller says he has maintained contact with the others, and says they agree.

We understood – being in a close environment as well as the aerosolized infection that could potentially be spread through dental offices during routine care – is that it would be better for us to take some time off for our patients protections, their families, and well as my staff.

Dr. James Miller, Pediatric Dentist

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