COVID-19 Information


This page is updated regularly!

Quick Links to Items Below 
- New Developments
- Public Health Resources
- Practice Resources 
- Help Forms 
- Restore Illinois 

The Illinois Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is keenly aware of the public health implications of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) matter.  As we all know, this is a rapidly developing situation.  As always, the health and safety of our members, corporate sponsors, speakers and practice employees are first and foremost in our concerns.

This page has been developed to provide access to credible resources for information, such as the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  It also is where we will make announcements concerning cancellation/postponement of planned events or other factors.  We will be updating information on this page regularly as the situation develops.  

New Developments

  • NEW... 5/5/2020 -- Restore Illinois - A public health approach to safely reopen our state
  • 3/20/2020 -- Illinois adopts a "shelter at home" order through April 8.  Medical offices may remain open, including other essential services.  READ THE ORDER 
  • Federal Legislation
    • 3/18/2020 -- Congress has passed HR 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act."  This bill was approved by the House of Representatives last Saturday; it passed the Senate today and now goes to the President for final approval.
      • Here is a SUMMARY of the bill's provisions (prepared by the Congressional Research Service)
      • This is the FULL TEXT of the bill in PDF format (112 pages) 
    • 3/26/2020 - The US Senate passed a bill providing economic help to individuals, businesses and state/local government.
      • Chamber of Commerce Fact Sheet - SBA emergency loans 
      • HR 748 - Final Language of the bill
      • Washington Post summary 
      • Expanded Unemployment Insurance – The federal government is increasing state unemployment insurance payment rates by $600 per week for the next four months.  Many more Americans are now eligible to receive payments, including:  self-employed workers; freelancers; independent contractors; gig workers; part-time workers; parents who must care for their out-of-school children.  To apply for unemployment insurance in Illinois, file your claim on the Illinois Department of Employment Security website. 
  • 3/23/2020 - Governor Pritzker puts out a call for retired doctors and nurses to return in order to bolster the ranks of healthcare providers.  Read More . . . 
  • News Items of Interest
    • 3/25/2020 -- News Story:  Hoarding and improper prescriptions for Plaquenil and chloroquine, thought to treat COVID-19. 

Public Health Resources


We have assembled some links to credible public health resources to help our membership stay informed concerning the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

Ideas, Needs and Practice Resources


As the public health emergency continues, medical practices are facing unprecedented challenges.  We don't claim to have all of the answers, but we can try to be a clearinghouse for ideas or requests.  Of course, as always, physicians and practice managers should use their own best judgment about any actions taken in consultation with your normal advisers.  

  • New - How to prepare for a longer-than-expected COVID-19 interruption -- READ MORE
    • If social distancing is necessary for 8-12 weeks or even 4-5 months, how do you keep the practice afloat?  Article by practice consultant Jill Maher, MA, COE 
  • New- How to make reusable masks -- from Deaconess Health System, Evansville, IN
  • Medical Supplies
    • Story from Bloomberg about ways to work around shortages of supplies, such as masks or eye protection.  CLICK HERE to view the story. 

Help Forms


ISEPS Help Form

Use this form to submit questions or to identify particular needs in your practice.  We will do our best to find answers to your questions, or we will use this information to share with other ophthalmology practices who may be able to offer assistance.

Offers of Supplies or Assistance Form

Use this form if you have any information, supplies or other offers that may be of assistance to Illinois ophthalmology practices.  As appropriate, we will post the availability of these items so others are able to contact you directly.  Please note . . . if the offer becomes no longer available -- such as you have given out all of your available supplies -- please let the ISEPS office know so we can remove the listing.

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Last Updated on Monday, June 01, 2020 10:08 AM