Due to the increased spread of of COVID 19 in Minnesota AWH has determined a need to enhance visitor restrictions. These changes will be effective Monday November 30.
The only visitors to our space will be:
— credentialed interpreters (not family members) for non-English speaking patients
— children under the age of one
If pre-approved by their provider, patients that are mentally or physically impaired may have a support person.
Restrictions are for all appointments including ultrasound.
Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation. The scheduling team will be contacting all patients scheduled for ultrasound to notify them of enhanced visitor restrictions. These restrictions include the clinic waiting rooms. Family members and/or support persons will need to wait outside of clinic.
The physicians will reassess support person policy in four weeks.
11/13/20 — Holiday Gatherings
° All in-person gatherings increase your exposure risk.
° AWH recommends gathering of those who are already in your “pod”
° Ideally if you are gathering with those that are not in your “pod”, everyone should quarantine prior to the gathering and possibly be tested for COVID
° If you are gathering together with people outside of your “pod” remember to wear masks, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet apart, especially when eating and drinking
° Read more in this article from infection prevention experts at M Health Fairview: https://www.mhealth.org/blog/2020/nov-2020/tips-for-hosting-safer-holiday-events-during-covid-19-pandemic
Due to the current COVID pandemic we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face covering. Wearing a face covering protects you and our staff, and not wearing could reduce the length of time your provider is able to spend in your appointment.
We continue to offer Virtual Visits for low risk OB visits and GYN issues.
Our downtown office continues to be open 2 days a week.
It is also important that you call to reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID related symptoms or a member of your household is being tested for COVID.
We look forward to seeing you.
Prior to your appointment: If in the last 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID19 or have you had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID19 please call to reschedule your appointment or schedule a virtual appointment in interim if applicable.
• Testing is being done for all pregnant women either on admission or prior to your due date depending on hospital protocol.
• Testing is being done prior to any scheduled surgeries (including c/sections) and inductions.
• Testing occurs either at the hospital, surgery center, or locations around the cities (not AWH).
What is COVID-19? (updated 8/16/20)
— It is the disease caused by a novel/new coronavirus that has been named SARs-CoV-2
— There have been a wide range of symptoms reported. They include fever, cough, and trouble breathing along, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, new loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
— Symptoms generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus
— However, many cases are asymptomatic.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
— From the information we have so far: (Which is limited as this is a new disease!)
— Initially data did not show that pregnant women were at increased risk of developing the disease or of having more severe symptoms. However a new study reports increased risk of pregnant women requiring ICU admission and mechanical ventilation but did not show increased mortality.
— If you have underlying diseases such as chronic lung disease, diabetes, or serious heart conditions this does put you at increased risk
— Although there are cases of reported transmission from mom to fetus, the data are reassuring that this appears to be uncommon.
COVID-19 and Labor
— There are policies at the hospital that have been put in place to both keep you healthy and keep your healthcare providers healthy
— Currently all the hospitals in the metro area are following the similar policies
— You are allowed to have 1 support person/visitor during your stay. That person will be screened on arrival to the hospital and if fails screening cannot come to labor and delivery with you. Obstetric patients may have a doula/experience labor coach present in addition to their one visitor.
— Due to concern for spread of disease nitrous oxide is not an option for pain management at this time however there are other options available
— Getting an epidural earlier in labor than normal is recommended. The reason for this is that we want to avoid stat cesarean deliveries where, if you don’t have a epidural, you would have to be intubated (breathing tube placed) and put to sleep. Intubation has a very high risk of spreading disease
— You will be tested for COVID-19 either prior to or when you present in labor. Ask your doctor for more information.
Keeping you healthy and safe
— When you need to come to our office know that we have created an environment to decrease exposure. Our waiting room is set up to allow social distancing and we have created a one way flow throughout the office.
— Frequently touched surfaces are cleaned hourly and, as always, the exam rooms are cleaned between patients
— We will look different when you come it. All staff and providers with patient interactions will be wearing masks and eye protection.
— We continue to ask our patient to wear face coverings while in our offices. Wearing a face covering protects you and our staff.
Virtual visits with Zoom
— We have a low risk schedule for prenatal care that includes virtual visits, ask your doctor if you qualify as low risk
— Some gynecologic concerns are well suited for telemedicine and you can schedule a virtual visit.
— For virtual visits you will receive instructions via email or text the day of your appointment