Pacific NW Fertility Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: March 20, 2020
At Pacific Northwest Fertility, the health and safety of our patients, staff and community are our highest priority. As you know, information regarding the new coronavirus is changing quickly. For the past few weeks PNWF has been working very hard to keep our patients and staff safe, while continuing to provide top quality and personalized family building services.We have been carefully monitoring the recommendations of CDC, state and county public health offices and professional organizations.
In an attempt to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently issued recommendations to fertility centers. In compliance with these new guidelines, PNWF will delay the starts of new treatment cycles, including in vitro fertilization, intrauterine inseminations, embryo transfers and donor egg cycles. We have transitioned to telehealth consultations for new and returning patients, so that you will be ready to resume or start treatment as soon as it can be offered. We will also continue to provide early obstetrical care and urgent medical care as needed.
We understand how stressful this pause in reproductive care might be for you, but feel that we are ethically obligated to do what we can to limit the spread of disease and conserve health care resources during this unprecedented time. We will continue to evaluate the situation daily and look forward to resuming all services in the near future. Updates will be posted to this website and to your patient portal as they become available. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to support you.
Thank you for understanding this difficult decision. Please stay healthy and safe as we face this new challenge together.
Your PNWF care team
Pacific NW Fertility Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: March 4, 2020
At Pacific Northwest Fertility, your safety and health is our highest priority.
Traditionally, we like to greet our patients with a handshake (or hug). But given recent recommendations from the Health Department about the potential spread of COVID-19, we will be taking additional safety measures for the time being and greet you instead with a friendly hello. We strive to provide the same personalized, warm atmosphere you are used to while keeping you safe.
Based on recommendations from the King County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control, we recommend the following steps to protect yourself and others.
- Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others — If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of a cold or flu, please stay home. Let us know if you are symptomatic and we may be able to switch your appointment to a phone visit.
- Wash Your Hands — When you arrive at the clinic, wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. The bathroom in the elevator lobby is available for hand washing.
- Practice Excellent Hygiene – Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes. When coughing, cover your mouth with a tissue or elbow.
- Keep Some Distance – Avoid crowds and practice the 6-foot rule (stay 6 feet away from someone coughing or sneezing).
- Stay away from people who are ill — This is especially important for individuals older than 60 or those with an underlying health condition.
- Avoid crowds and high volume public places.
- Avoid going to the emergency room unless essential — ER’s need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. When possible, contact your Primary Care Provider first.
Please know that we have always employed the most up to date infection control procedures at Pacific Northwest Fertility, and will continue to do so.
We take your safety, and the safety of our team, with nothing but the utmost seriousness. Our team members will only come to work if they are feeling completely well, and we encourage you to do the same with your appointments. If you are feeling ill and have an upcoming appointment, please allow us to reschedule at your convenience. Please contact the office by phone or email for any scheduling needs or with any questions you may have.
Your care team at Pacific NW Fertility
Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Note: The DOH coronavirus hotline (1-800-525-0127, press #) is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable.
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