COVID-19 RESOURCES

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Official message from COA President - March 18, 2020

AS OF MARCH 18, 2020 THE COA STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL OPTOMETRY PRACTICES IN COLORADO VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND NON-ESSENTIAL, NON-URGENT OPTOMETRIC CARE.

Highlighting that this is a rapidly changing situation, the CDC has released a recommendation that  ALL routine Dental and Eye Care appointments are postponed. 

This advice is based on widespread community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our communities. The public has been asked by Governor Jared Polis to increase our efforts at social distancing in order to slow the progression of COVID-19 and lessen the impact on our critical care facilities.  All gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited until further notice unless previously announced criteria for hygiene and social distancing are met.  While restrictions do not apply specifically to optometry, it is important that we all are doing our part to increase social distancing and not be contributing to community transmission.

This is a difficult decision that each practitioner needs to make individually.  While we recommend suspension of non-essential, non-urgent care, we want to emphasize that at this time we are not advising offices to close completely.  Clinics/offices should take steps to remain available for care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care.  This will also be a great benefit to our local hospital emergency rooms, who are not in a position to treat eye emergencies at this time.

Here are some additional links that you may find useful as you make decisions regarding your practice operations:

Federal relief for Families. Being considered by the U.S. Senate, recently passed by U.S. House of Representatives
Healthcare providers resource
Resources for workers and businesses affected by COVID19

This is a rapidly evolving situation and COA remains committed to helping our members with resources to weather this situation. This page is being updated constantly, and we are working to provide the most update to date information in the cleaniest way so that you can make the most informed decisions for you, your office, and your patients.