Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Urgent Patient Care Advisory for Doctors of Optometry From the CDC (March 17, 2020—5:50 p.m. ET)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Reminder

Healthcare facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. The following actions can preserve staff, personal protective equipment and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Delay all elective ambulatory provider visits
  • Reschedule elective and non-urgent admissions
  • Delay inpatient and outpatient elective surgical and procedural cases
  • Postpone routine dental and eye care visits

Tools and resources exist as part of healthcare system preparedness plans and are often referred to as Pandemic Plans. Consult your state or local health department about specific plans for your community.


The American Optometric Association (AOA) is closely monitoring developments and will actively provide updates regarding COVID-19 to ensure doctors of optometry and the general public not only understand the risks associated with this pandemic but also have the latest information available for continued patient care. The AOA's priority is to support the health and safety of the public and the optometric community and will continue to assess the situation and update recommendations accordingly.

State of Alaska Resources:

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services:
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

State of Alaska Resources for Alaskans Economically Impacted by COVID-19:
https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid-19-economy/

Federal Resources:
AOA COVID-19 Response:
https://www.aoa.org/coronavirus

Center for Disease Control:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance:
disasterloan.sba.gov