We will be closed March 17th through April 7th due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
We have received the following message from the American Optometric Association:
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.
Currently, the CDC classifies COVID-19 as a ‘high’ public health threat as illnesses range from mild to severe. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. And on March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The WHO and CDC acknowledge the current understanding of the disease remains limited.
The AOA HPI representatives joined a public health forum with officials from the White House, CDC and National Institutes of Health where it was first learned that the CDC would begin pandemic planning. Among other strategies, those plans proposed:
‘Social distancing’ to decrease mass gatherings, such as school closings, postponing conferences or concerts, and encouraging remote workplaces.
Personal Protection Equipment (e.g., face masks) should be reserved now for health care providers and sickened individuals.
At-risk travelers entering the U.S. will be quarantined for a 14-day protective period to ensure they are disease-free.
There are no U.S. drug shortages for medicines repurposed for COVID-19 treatments.
CDC is upping outreach to health care systems nationwide about infection control protocols and to prepare for surges in people seeking care.
We’re all in This Together!
Moving forward and working together we are optimistic that all of our efforts combined to combat the spread of this virus will ultimately save lives and prevent sickness. We look forward to reopening soon and remind everyone to practice safety and cleanliness best practice measures to protect themselves, their families, friends and neighbors!
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