The increased availability of Covid vaccines bring much promise in dealing with the pandemic. We are seeing improvement in numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the United States.
Yet we still must continue vigilance and caution and encourage continued prevention strategies: wearing masks and eye covering, frequent hand washing, social distancing and avoiding travel and large gatherings.
This is especially important as we cycle through the post-holiday surge of new cases. We will hopefully continue to see a downtrend in new cases in the coming several months, which will be bolstered as more people are able to receive the vaccine nation-wide. I am sure we all join in the anticipation of one day easing state restrictions and being allowed to see more family members, enjoy more out door activities or simply eating at restaurants.
In the meanwhile please continue safe habits to protect yourself, your family and others.
We encourage everyone to review the attached link from the CDC about Covid illness and exposure. Please consider these safety guidelines when planning visits to our office or elsewhere.
Normal midwife and MD coverage for deliveries!! All MD patients will be seen by NSAGO physicians and all midwife patients will have 100% CNM availability for labor support, deliveries and post-partum care. In addition to having a partner in L%D with all patients, professional Doulas are now welcome to join patients as well.
We are back to normal and are seeing scheduled annual, routine and well GYN visits at both our offices. As with OB patients, we will continue our calls prior to visits for symptom screening and you will have a questionnaire prior to your visit. Please plan to wear a mask to the office and arrive alone. You can have a family member ‘join’ your visit by phone or Facetime if you wish. If you prefer to have a chaperone in the exam room, please feel free to ask and a nurse will be happy to help.
Newly pregnant, prenatal and post-partum visits will continue on schedule with the above screening and mask requirements. If you do not have a mask one will be provided for you when you arrive. We still ask that you arrive alone for the office visits. Partners may join per phone or facetime.
Patients may have their partner come into the office for ultrasound exams. We ask that they also abide by the screening and mask requirements as well as wait in the car until you are called to enter the ultrasound room.
We are able to schedule elective and urgent surgical cases without restrictions. If you have been waiting to schedule a new or postponed elective surgery please call and come in for a pre-op visit. Obviously, if there are new worrisome symptoms or concerns of any kind please call and ask to be seen.
As usual, we appreciate your patience and understanding over this past year. Please continue to check our website periodically for further updates.
Your Providers and staff at NSAGO
- CDC Novel Coronavirus
- Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings
- CDC Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI).
- CDC’s Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- CDC FAQs for Pregnant Women
- CDC Novel Coronavirus Information for Travelers