COVID-19 UPDATE & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We have always been a patient-centered practice putting our patients first. This is why we limited what patients we would see during the Covid-19 stay at home order. As we reopen, we have established safety measures directed by the CDC to ensure patients and staff alike are safe.
Masks are Required
We require all patients to wear a mask. Please bring your own mask; one will be provided if you do not have a mask with you.
The appointment check in process is also different to allow fewer persons in the lobby area.
Other Safety Protocols
- Your temperature will be taken upon entry of the building
- Minimal time will be spent in the lobby waiting for the appointment
- Masks are worn by all staff and physicians
- The office is thoroughly cleaned twice daily
- Floor decals indicating entry and exiting options are easily visible in the office
- Only patients are allowed in the office for appointments
- Office hours have been extended in an effort to minimize the number of patients in the office at any given time
Pregnancy and COVID-19
Little is known about infections with coronavirus and its effect on pregnancy. There is no direct evidence that is causes harm to the unborn baby except in cases when the pregnant mother may become very ill.
For any patient who develops significant shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever they should call our office immediately. Please call before coming!
Our office, like most outpatient medical offices, is not set up for isolation or testing for coronavirus. IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF FEVER, CHILLS, BODY ACHES, COUGH OR STUFFY NOSE PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE BEFORE COMING.
We will triage symptoms over the telephone. If symptoms are felt to be severe, patients will be directed to the hospital emergency department for full evaluation and to provide treatment that cannot be provided in an office setting.
Laboratory testing is rapidly evolving. We do not anticipate being able to do testing for coronavirus, just like we do not do testing for influenza (Flu).
Treatment for anyone is primarily supportive, just as in patients who have influenza (flu). This treatment is to significantly increase oral fluids, to use Tylenol per directions on the bottle for fever, body aches and chills
For your information: Covid 19 Vaccination
On December 11, 2020 the FDA approved the first COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in persons aged 16 and older. Pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in the clinical trials. Likewise, additional vaccines expected for use have not been studied in pregnant or lactating women.
There is no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women. Animal developmental and reproductive toxicity studies are ongoing.
ACOG (The American College of OB/Gyn) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommended priority groups.
The Society for Maternal -Fetal Medicine (SMFM) strongly recommends that pregnant individuals have access to COVID-19 vaccines. They recommend that each person have a discussion with their healthcare professional about their own personal choice. Individual decision-making needs to balance these theoretical risks with the risks associated with delayed vaccination and the possibility of maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection.
If you choose to receive the vaccination, we encourage you to notify us of your decision.