COVID-19 Information

Visitor Policy

Due to the ongoing threat of community transmission involving the COVID-19 virus, Women’s Care has a limited visitor policy for patients at our offices. This decision is made in the best interest of patients, healthcare providers, and staff.  All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to wear face coverings. Please contact your provider’s office if you have questions related to our COVID-19 visitor policy.

Exceptions:

Pregnant patients may bring a support person for the following visits

  • First OB appointment
  • First OB ultrasound
  • Anatomy scan
  • One Third trimester ultrasound if one has been ordered for medical reasons
  • Late third-trimester appointment where such topics of induction or mode of delivery will be discussed.
  • Pregnant patients are encouraged to use FaceTime or take a short video during the ultrasound to share the experience with loved ones.

Gynecological patients are allowed one support person for surgical consent or procedure appointments.

For postpartum patients:

  • Children should be left at home; however, if a babysitter or other caregiver cannot be identified, the newborn may be brought into the office in a stroller or carrier.
  • Ideally, the patient should notify the practice of this in advance so that check-in can occur from the car by phone and the patient and baby can be brought directly to an exam room.

One visitor may accompany a minor.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter if they have/are:

  • Fever
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Exposure risk
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted unless they are the father of the baby.

Visitors who are permitted must:

  • Wear a mask at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
  • Perform hand hygiene at the point of screening and upon entry/exit of the patient’s room
  • Notify the clinical care team if they develop signs or symptoms of illness during the visit 

We will continue to reassess our visitor guidelines and provide you with ongoing updates. Thank you for your understanding and support.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Extremely Vulnerable

Women’s Care providers are able to follow Governor DeSantis’ orders to fill out a form to enabling an established WC patient to be eligible for an early COVID-19 vaccine due to extreme vulnerability to the infection.

Extremely Vulnerable as per WC, adapted from Florida Department of Health Guidelines

  •  A person who is age 65 or over
  •  All persons who live in nursing homes or long term care facilities
  •  All healthcare workers, this includes those who work in a hospital, office, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or licensed or unlicensed care providers for homebound chronically ill or disabled patients
  • Those with chronic lung disease, including moderate to severe asthma or COPD
  • Those with severe heart disease, including but not limited to those with congestive heart failure, cardiac stent or bypass, cardiac transplant, or on a cardiac transplant list
  • Immunocompromised individuals including but not limited to those with cancer, those taking chemotherapeutic medications, those with HIV/AIDS, those with autoimmune disorders, those with prolonged use of corticosteroids
  • Those on dialysis or with renal failure
  • Those with obesity, BMI greater than or equal to 40
  • Those with diabetes
  • Those with liver disease, including but not limited to hepatitis and liver failure
  • Those who have received or who are currently on a transplant list including bone marrow and/or solid organ
  • Smokers—active and those who have smoked within the last 10 years who have at least a 20 pack-year history of smoking

WC Determination of Extremely Vulnerable in Pregnancy

  •  All pregnant women should be considered vulnerable to a severe case of COVID-19 should they contract the infection during pregnancy

NOTES:

  •  Patients who have recently had COVID-19 should wait until fully recovered before getting vaccinated.
  • Patients who have had monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 cannot be vaccinated for 90 days from the time of administration of the monoclonal antibodies.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant/Breastfeeding Patients

I am pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant patients who meet the criteria for vaccination based on Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended priority groups.

I am breastfeeding, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet the criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.

If I am trying to get pregnant, can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Pregnancy testing should not be a requirement prior to receiving the vaccine.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

So far most of the vaccines available are about 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness two weeks after the second dose is complete. As other vaccines come to market, their efficacy may be slightly different but all are extremely effective in protecting against serious disease and death due to COVID. The vaccines may have slightly less effectiveness against variant strains of the virus but still appear to have excellent protection rates.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The side effects for this vaccine are the same in any vaccine. Heat, swelling and redness at the injection site can be normal. Some patients may experience fatigue. Symptoms may be more prominent after the second dose of the vaccine including fever, chills, tiredness and headache. This should go away within a few days and simply means that your body’s immune system is responding to the vaccine. If you do not feel well, please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and rest..

Will the COVID-19 vaccine hurt my unborn or breastfed baby?

The COVID-19 vaccine is considered is not a live virus. While some of the vaccines contain mRNA, they do not enter the nucleus of the cell and cannot cause genetic changes.

What if I decline the COVID-19 vaccine?

You will be supported in your decision not to receive the vaccine. Please continue to practice social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing.

We offer Telemedicine!

If You Have an Upcoming Appointment 

If you come to an appointment at one of our offices, please contact your provider’s office regarding visitor restrictions.

Please help us protect all patients and staff by following these guidelines when you visit our offices: 

  • Please honor our restricted visitor policy.
  • All patients and approved visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please bring a face covering to your appointment to help us conserve PPE for health-care providers.
  • Please wash your hands frequently and practice good hand hygiene.

If You Need to Schedule an Appointment

Please call your provider’s office or schedule an appointment online.

What We’re Doing to Protect You

Caring for you means doing our part to keep you safe during your office visit. 

  • Staff is conducting pre-screenings and in-office screenings for all patients and visitors, including daily temperature checks of all visitors and staff. 
  • All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to wear face coverings. PPE will be used and properly disposed of in higher-risk interactions. 
  • We’re following strict processes to sanitize our offices regularly.
  • Women’s Care Florida staff members are receiving instruction and ongoing updates about COVID-19, hand hygiene, and other safety measures to decrease the likelihood of contracting or transmitting the infection.

If You Are Pregnant

We know that pregnant women can contract coronavirus, but information on whether or not the infection can be transmitted to the fetus is less clear. In an abundance of caution, we encourage pregnant women to avoid large gatherings. When possible, this could include limiting some social activities, working from home rather than going to the office and participating in college courses online rather than in person. If you need a letter to work from home, please contact your Women’s Care Florida provider

For more information on COVID-19 and pregnancy, visit the CDC.

Appointments

All scheduled OB appointments will be kept, although we will be offering the option of televisits under certain circumstances. Please call your provider’s office for more information.

New OB Patients

If you need to confirm your pregnancy or are a new OB patient, please contact your Women’s Care Florida provider

Pregnancy Risks

Your providers at Women’s Care Florida has reviewed the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy, including, but not limited to, worsening respiratory status, early intubation, ICU admission, injury to other organs such as kidneys and liver, blood product transfusion, preterm delivery, fetal distress, and maternal/fetal/neonatal injury or mortality.

During Delivery

We have discussed that extra precautions are required to keep both mother and baby protected during delivery, as well as all staff. You understand the potential for disruption of timelines and delays related to efforts in managing a pandemic, which include, among other things, the need to decrease the risk of infection.

  • For those of you desiring an epidural, early placement is encouraged to decrease the need for and risks related to general anesthesia.
  • Due to the extra time needed for appropriate protective equipment, there may be a higher risk of cesarean delivery if there is early evidence of fetal intolerance to labor. An emergency cesarean will require extra preparation time for protective equipment.

After Delivery

Studies to date have not shown a clear mode of transmission of COVID-19 from mother to baby during pregnancy, however, there have been cases of babies diagnosed within 48 hours of life. Depending upon the severity of illness, COVID-19 positive mothers and their babies may be separated after delivery. If refused, modifications will be made to the standard rooming-in process as needed.

Breastfeeding

Breastmilk via nursing or pumping is encouraged as there have been no documented cases or warnings of COVID-19 transmission through breastmilk.

Mammograms

Screening mammograms, diagnostic imaging, and mammograms are available. 

Prescriptions

Call your provider’s office for refills.

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Contracting Coronavirus

People who have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 and travelers to affected areas are at elevated risk of exposure. Please note that if you have traveled to a high-risk area or returned from a cruise and develop symptoms of fever, cough, or cold, you will be advised to self-quarantine for 10 days.

What Does Flatten the Curve Mean?

The COVID-19 spreads rapidly if people interact under normal conditions. A certain percentage of people with the infection, particularly the elderly, may require hospitalization and even intensive care. Each country, including the U.S., has a limited number of hospitals, equipment and staff. We do not want everyone to get very sick at one time and overwhelm the capability of the hospitals to provide care. We want the pandemic to move more slowly so that not everyone gets sick all at once.

Women’s Care is Now Offering COVID-19 Testing!

As COVID-19 cases rise in Florida, we want to assure your safety remains our top priority. Women’s Care is now offering COVID-19 testing at select locations. There are many reasons to get tested for COVID-19. You may be experiencing symptoms such as: loss of smell or taste, fever, cough, or diarrhea. Or you might have been exposed to someone who was a confirmed case. Women’s Care is here to help ensure our patients have access to COVID-19 testing.

 Who is eligible to get tested?
  • Asymptomatic patients with known or suspected exposure to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days
  • Patients presenting with symptoms of upper and/or lower respiratory tract infection
  • Healthcare workers
  • Asymptomatic patients who need proof of a negative result for work, school or travel

The following tests will be performed at select locations

  • SARS-CoV-2
  • SARS-CoV-2

Cost of services for self-pay patients

$100   Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique

Cost of services for patients with Medicare or private insurance

            $100

Please contact your provider’s office if you have questions about COVID-19 testing.

Precautions You Should Take

Stay at home, especially if you are sick. Restrict contact with other people. Even at home, remain at least six feet away from other people while you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.

Symptom Review

Symptoms are difficult to differentiate from the flu and include mild to severe respiratory illness associated with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or fatigue, please contact our office by phone to be screened before you visit any Women’s Care Florida location.

If You Experience Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Call your provider or the Florida Department of Health (866-779-6121—open 24/7) for instructions. To limit potential exposure to other patients, do not go to your doctor’s office without calling first.
  • If you are instructed to go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, notify the front desk staff of your symptoms before arrival so they can isolate you.
  • Tell your health care provider about any recent travel or contact with people who have traveled to high-risk areas and/or if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Helpful Links

We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about coronavirus by looking at the following websites:

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