Coping With COVID-19: Ronald E. Duffin, DDS

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Dr. Ronald Duffin waits for his next patient in one of the examination rooms at his Hemet dental practice. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Even when people were asked to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, some didn’t have a choice because they needed to seek emergency medical or dental care. Some dentists, such as Dr. Ronald Duffin in Hemet, were available to treat patients. Duffin, born and raised in Hemet, returned to his hometown after completing his higher education to open his dental practice 30 years ago. Learning curve When the pandemic first took hold, many businesses struggled to find out how it would affect them. “We were asked to close down, except for emergency services, on March 20,” Duffin said. “We only had a day or two warning this would happen.” While considered an essential service for certain cases, Duffin and his staff sought health guidelines to keep their patients updated
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