COVID-19 Resource Page 

What to do when a staff member is COVID-19 positive

Click here for AOA Guidelines on what to do if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19

AR Dept. of Health Negative Test Guidelines

CDC Guidelines for Quarantine if exposed to COVID-19

Click here for Back-to-Work Guidelines for Health Care Staff from the Arkansas Department of Health

ArOA Guidelines for re-opening

Click here for the recommended guidelines from the Arkansas Optometric Association.

Click here for the American Optometric Association recommended guidelines for re-opening. 

Click here for Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.  You may begin routine care on May 4.

AOA Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Page

*includes AOA News, COVID-19 Resources, Doctor, Staff & Practice Preparation, Patient Resources and Current Developments specific to optometry. This page is updated daily.

Health Practice Resources

Arkansas Dept of Health:

Center of Disease Control

Recommended Disinfection Procedures from the CDC

AOA guide to telehealth-based care during COVID-19:  

World Health Organization

Business Resources

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page:

Arkansas Economic Development Commission 

ARKANSAS  Unemployment Insurance Program:

To file a UI claim online:
The Governor has directed the Arkansas Department of Commerce to waive the waiting period. This directive will allow the department to pay claims more quickly.

On April 4, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Executive Order 20-13, which, in part, requires all Arkansas "businesses, manufacturers, construction companies, and places of worship" to post a notice at the facility entrance that specifies the following:

  • Please do not enter if you have a cough or fever.
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other people.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

A poster to use can be downloaded here.   To read EO 20-13 in its entirety, click here.

 Department of Health Public Notice Poster for re-opening:

DWA Emergency Notice to Employees regarding separation of service can be found here.

Other Resources

Posters (found on CDC website)

Stop the Spread of Germs

Spanish Stop the Spread of Germs

Public Health Notice

*UPDATED DOL poster on Sick Leave and eFMLA





(3/19/20) A message from the State Board of Optometry: Due to the state of emergency declared concerning the Covid-19 by the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Board of Optometry is suggesting that each optometrist follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for healthcare providers.           

The Board suggests postponing routine eye exams and limit appointments to essential visual medical needs.  All our doctors should use their professional judgement in assessing the urgency for care of the patient, as well as timing of necessary preventative care.  We are in a rapidly changing landscape at this time so the Board of Optometry will continue to be in contact with the Department of Health as this health emergency evolves and will keep each optometrist informed.

 Bryant Ashley, O.D., President