IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR VIRGINIA OPTICIANS
RE: Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, as you may have heard already, OptiCon and Vision Expo East were cancelled early this month, and many other national and regional education seminars have been canceled or postponed since then. Your OAV board has been monitoring the situation closely and we believe it is in the best interests of our members and partners to postpone our Spring Education Conference that was previously scheduled for April 25-26 in Richmond. Our spring conference typically draws over 80 attendees and with the current social distancing guidelines provided by our state authorities, it will not be feasible to hold our meeting next month. We are working with the hotel and conference location to identify future dates in late summer or early fall. Please understand that this is a highly fluid situation and it is just too early to tell how long we will be affect by this national crisis.
The OAV board continues to meet remotely and do the work that you have entrusted us to do ( such as strengthen the profession of opticianry in Virginia, monitor legislation, communicate with our members and supporting corporate partners, and more). In order to remain in consistent communication and contact with our members, the OAV will continue publishing our quarterly newsletter, sending out communications via constant contact and on our Facebook social media page. Please remember that your membership, safety and health are extremely important to us.
With concerns for continuing education credits, please keep in mind that all opticians nationwide are in a similar situation concerning their education requirements. When this medical crisis is behind us, we believe there will be sufficient opportunities to get credits. All licensed and certified professional opticians are affected by this crisis and our certifying bodies are working in concert with the professions to provide solutions during this time. Anyone that was planning to attend a national conference this year can check the OAA’s calendar (https://oaa.org/calendar), as it is continually being updated as information is received.
For those of you that have apprentices or students that were planning to take licensure or certification examinations this summer, please visit the DPOR http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/ and ABO-NCLE abo-ncle.org websites for updates on testing opportunities.
While efforts to contain COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) recommends following the suggestions published from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and implementing these proactive steps to prevent the spread of the disease in your dispensary and community. Below we have included valuable resources that OAA has shared with us this past week. Some offices are choosing to close their doors for a time, others have chosen to remain open. Each office should look to the CDC, their state, community and family members for guidance on these decisions.
Be prepared and stay informed on COVID-19 by obtaining regular updates at www.cdc.gov
Click Here for the CDC guidelines for the workplace.
Click here CDC recommendations on postponing routine eyecare visits
Click Here for the CDC’s recommendations for office disinfection.
Click Here for the CDC’s recommendations for employers.
The Opticians Association of Virginia is committed to the health, safety and welfare of our members, partners and the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Wishing you and your families health and safety,
Darla All, LDO, A.B.O.C
Optician’s Association of Virginia President
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