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Annual dental meeting held in Atlanta canceled due to coronavirus

An annual meeting expected to draw 20,000 dental professionals next week in Atlanta has been canceled due to the coronavirus. 

The 108th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting was scheduled for March 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel. The Hinman Dental Society posted a letter on its website Wednesday announcing the cancellation. 

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“Our concern is not only for the health of everyone involved, but also the quality of event that we can deliver with the current logistical challenges we are facing,” Hinman posted. 

Next year’s meeting is scheduled for March 11-13. 

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