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COVID-19 Resources for ODs

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

Upcoming Webinars

Important & Useful COVID-19 Resources for ODs

State Legislative Information

Additional Resources

Upcoming Webinars & Past Recordings

  • *NEW* Monday April 6, 2020: What NJ Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Hear from Rob Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Commissioner Asaro-Angelo will discuss what employers should know about Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws during this unprecedented public health emergency. Details + Registration Here
  • *NEW* Monday April 6, 2020: HPRG Webinar: Get Your SBA Relief Money | On Monday April 6th, at 3:00 pm, HPRG will be presenting advice/support in a "no-cost" to you webinar from Health-Pro Realty Group's Brian Perry and Nationally Recognized Grant/SBA Expert Kedma Ough. We are partnering to discuss immediate tenant relief options and will spend the bulk of time in a Q&A style interview answering your submitted questions related to the relief package. Please take two minutes to register and answer the survey questions so HPRG can better prepare information that is relevant to your practice and needs. Once you have completed, you will be added to our list for receiving access to the webinar and recording! It's that easy. Details + Registration Here

  • AOA webinar recording: What ODs need to know about new sick leave, FMLA requirements and financial support options for practices

  • HPRG webinar recording from 3/30/20

  • If you missed the Brach Eichler COVID-19 2-part webinar series you can view the recordings here! Topics: COVID-19 Crisis: How Medical Practices Should Be Responding (Parts 1 & 2) - Once on the website, scroll down a bit to find the links to the recorded webinars.

Important & Useful COVID-19 Resources

NJ's COVID-19 Information Hub | An organized, easy to use resource. Includes live updates, the NJ dashboard, and a question submission option.

Priority COVID-19 Testing for Health Care Providers | Per the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, the Monmouth testing site has designated specific days for testing of symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders. Valid credentials must be presented. The Monmouth site has designated Saturday April 4th and all Saturdays moving forward for this service. Address: 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel.

CDC's COVID-19 Resources for Clinics and Healthcare facilities | "The following actions can preserve staff, personal protective equipment, and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic:...Postpone routine dental and eyecare visits."

NJ State Board of Optometrists Guidance for ODs Regarding COVID-19 | In a press release on March 23, 2020, the New Jersey State Board of Optometrists provided guidance to optometric physicians regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJ Outpatient Guidance - Evaluating Patients for COVID-19 The guidance offered below is intended to provide health care professionals with advice to safely care for patients with COVID-19 concerns in an outpatient office setting exercising their best clinical judgments. 

COVID-19 Information for New Jersey Businesses | A comprehensive answer guide for business owners in the state. Includes a section on economic assistance.

Bulletin No. 20-04 Disruption Resulting From COVID-19 from the Department of Banking and Insurance Trenton, NJ: Bulletin | This bulletin has been issued by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and is posted on the Department's website.   

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet |  Info and key takeaways for the broadened access to medicare telehealth services. Includes a summary chart at the bottom of the article.

The DOL has Updated the printable guide on this page: NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employees Should Know | Includes printable guides Printable outlining COVID-19–related benefits for NJ employees

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard | Gives a complete overview of the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state (broken down by county), and documents the number of calls to the COVID-19 hotline.

The AOA's COVID-19 resource page | Includes guides and suggestions for optometric practices, current developments/situation summary, and information on the COVID-19 relief package.

The NJDOH's COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals | Guidance specific to Healthcare Personnel. 

Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Dedicated COVID-19 Page

Regulatory & Legislative Information

*NEW* NJ Local Lender List from the Small Business Administration | View a list of active lenders for the New Jersey district office.

*NEW* Brach Eichler COVID-19 Resource Center Important labor & employment and healthcare law alerts. New info posted daily!

*NEW* Governor Murphy Issues Executive Order Regarding Licensure, Scope of Practice and Liability Waivers For Healthcare Providers

Administrative Order Imposing Emergency Statewide Restrictions on Certain Prescription Medications | The Division of Consumer Affairs has issued an Administrative Order imposing statewide restrictions on prescribing and dispensing certain drugs that some have reported may be helpful in the treatment of COVID-19.

 Joint Statement on NJ Tax Filing Deadline and State Budget

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare ProvidersFind out how to qualify for accelerated or advance payments.

Small Business Authority's Three Step Process for Disaster Loans

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Chamber's new Small Business Loan Guide & Checklist | Wondering if you're eligible, what lenders will ask, how much you can borrow, or if the loan can be forgiven? This list has answers! 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Town Hall | Information to help small business, employees and their families as well as Independent contractors and how they can utilize the assistance.

Video (requires a Facebook account) Ali Oromchian, JD, LL.M shares vital updates from the Department of Labor clarifying H.R. 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and what it means for practices & small businesses effective April 1, 2020.

The Paycheck Protection Program in the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act

EDA OK’s $75M Aid Package for NJ Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 | From New Jersey Business

From the Supreme Court Of NJ: Order Suspending Depositions and Appearances of Medical Professionals

*NEW INFO POSTED DAILY* Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and AnswersNJSOP legal counsel, Mr. James Schragger, Esq., shared this information with the membership via the NJSOPnet (list serve) on 3/26. More details and clarification will shared as they become available.

Confused About the Coronavirus Paid-Leave Mandate? DOL Issued Some Guidance | This article, available from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) may help to clarify some of your questions. Additionally, the SHRM dedicated COVID-19 page has additional articles and resources.

Press Release (3/23/30): Governor Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures to Preserve Essential Equipment and Hospital Capacity

Press Release (3/20/20): Governor Signs Legislation to Expand Telehealth Access and Expedite Licensure of Out-of-State Professionals

Follow up to the Governor's Press Release (above): AG Grewal: NJ Temporarily Waives Rules for Out-of-State Healthcare Providers to Offer Services to NJ Resident During COVID-19 Emergency

Article: Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest

From (3/20/20): Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave 

Additional references and resources

Letter from Allergan to Eyecare Professionals

Merchant Advocate White Paper + Informational Video 

Small Business Guidance from The Vision Council | "Small business members have significant relief available to them, including $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guaranties and subsidies and additional funding for SBA programs. Information on how optical industry small businesses can be supported.

What the COVID-19 relief package means for ODsFrom

NJ Economic Development Authority SURVEY: COVID-19 Response - SME Financial Assistance Survey + COVID-19 Jobs & HiringThe deadline for this survey is 3/28/20 (Download the linked file for the internal survey links.)

FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, and the Coronavirus Bill published by the New York Times on 3/26/20.

Employee Rights poster download

AmeriHealth NJ Employee Eligibility Exception for furloughed or temporarily laid off employeesNJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at or 609-695-1496.

UnitedHealthcare's COVID-19 FAQNJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at or 609-695-1496.

NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA): New Jersey Economic Development Authority Grant Packages

Bulletin from Horizon: COVID-19 Update: Helping Furloughed Employees Maintain Health Coverage |  NJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at or 609-695-1496.

Bulletin from Merchants Insurance Group: COVID19-Update 2 | NJSOP members who have questions or need additional assistance should reach out to Perry Gandelman at or 609-695-1496. 

Volunteering in NJ: New Jersey Department of State - Volunteer & National Service

Johnson & Johnson Vision's letter to eye care professionals regarding COVID-19

HEA's What You Should Know (And Do) About COVID-19: Panic is Not on the List | By Justin L. Manning, OD, MPH, FAAO, Executive Vice President Professional Health Strategies, Health Eyes Advantage

From ABB OPTICAL: NJSOP and ABB Partnership during these times of COVID-19 | One Patient…One Heart…One Team…NJSOP and ABB!

From Vistakon:  As of 3/20/20 Vistakon began offering free direct to patient shipping on ANY size order as well as buy now, pay 75 days from now terms.

Review of Optometric Business' Private Practice Financial Tips for COVID-19 Pandemic Survival | By Robert Schultz, CEO, Vision One Credit Union, Mark Write, OD, ROB Professional Editor & CEO, Practice Management Center, and Sam Quintero, OD, Immediate Past Chari, Association of Practice Management Educators

Lens Mode offer to New Jersey optometric physicians read full press release here


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