COVID-19 Resources

Last Updated: Wednesday March 25

The MOA is working to compile and keep up to date the following list of resources for ODs in Mississippi. Please be sure to monitor local agencies/news sources for information specific to your location. Links and information will be added and updated as they become available. If there’s a resource you’re leaning on that we have not included, please share to the MOA OD ListServ or email and

Covid-19 Basic Preventative Measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean surfaces and objects that are touched regularly
  • Stay home if you do become sick

COVID-19 Resources – Mississippi

The Mississippi Optometric Association recommends that each optometrist follow CDC Guidelines and Mississippi State Board of Optometry guidelines, which are constantly being updated. 

As of March 18, 2020 the CDC has released a recommendation that all routine dental and eye care appointments be postponed.

Each practitioner will need to review and decide what the CDC guidelines mean for their office.  While suspension of non-essential, non-urgent care is recommended, we want to emphasize that at this time offices are not being asked 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.

American Optometric Association

AOAExcel Resources for AOA Members: Several AOAExcel resources are available to members ranging from supply chain tips to financial resources and are currently included on the AOA’s COVID-19 updates page.  Contact AOAExcel with any questions at

Mississippi State Department of Health: MS State Dept. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page is a very concise page of information regarding the coronavirus including a map of Mississippi indicating where presumptive and confirmed cases of the virus are, and a breakdown of how many cases are in each county.

The Mississippi State Board of Optometry (MSBO):  COVID-19 proclamation.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA):   Mississippi Emergency Management Agency: Coronavirus Covid-19 Mississippi

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Small Business Association (SBA):   Resources from the Small Business Association

Local and State SBA: Mississippi Small Business Development Center

Federal and State Taxes

Other Resources