COVID 19 Update – 3/26/2020
COVID 19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-CoV-2, that has spread quickly owing to its rapid community transmission, high virulence and sustained surface viability. Many infected and contagious individuals may only have mild symptoms, including fever, or, more rarely, be asymptomatic. Many patients may be infectious 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms which is why social distancing and stay home orders have become necessary to slow the rapid spread of this infection across our community and the globe.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) published Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on March 17, 2020 that will be revisited no later than March 30.
The Key recommendations are:
- Suspend initiation of new treatment cycles (clomid, letrozole, IUI, IVF, and frozen embryo cycles)
- Strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers fresh or frozen.
- Continue to care for patients who are currently “in-cycle” or who require urgent stimulation or cryopreservation
- Suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures.
- Minimize in-person interactions and increase utilization of telehealth.
At Partners in Reproductive Health, Seth Levrant MD believes in socially responsible medicine, and has chosen to follow these ASRM guidelines. We started to implement these guidelines on March 18, 2020. We have suspended the start of new treatments, elective surgeries, and non-urgent procedures for the foreseeable future. We have cancelled all embryo transfers until May at the earliest. With the ever changing situation, and increasing restrictions seen in other countries, we do not wish to jeopardize our patient’s health, or continue treatments we may not be allowed to finish.
We are now using telehealth, using Google G Suite Hangouts and Doxy.me, both of which are HIPAA compliant. My office will make every effort to confirm insurance eligibility prior to each telehealth visit. Our goal is to provide new patient and existing patient consultations, formulating treatment plans that will be implemented as soon as it is safe. We are not seeing patients in the office with rare exceptions (first OB ultrasound, urgent/emergent issues). Once it is considered safe to resume fertility care, we are prepared to start immediately.
We are still open, you can speak with a live person if you call. If the phone isn’t answered, leave a message or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Like so many places, we have reduced staffing, We started screening (not testing) all patients and staff for COVID 19, and checking everyone’s temperature, last week, and will continue to check all who enter our facility. Any patient or staff member with signs or symptoms of COVID 19, or known exposure is asked to self isolate. As a reproductive medicine practice we are not involved in diagnosing or treating COVID 19, so if you are ill or have been in contact with a COVID 19 infected person, you should contact your primary care physician.
We are practicing social distancing within the office, limiting the number of visitors in the office, and sanitizing/disinfecting after each visit. Staff are wearing surgical masks for your protection, but we can not provide masks to patients or visitors.
Our hearts go out to all those infected with COVID 19 and wish everyone a speedy and full recovery.