RMA NETWORK COVID-19 HEALTH ALERTS

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The highest priority of the RMA Network of fertility clinics is the health and safety of our patients and employees. To respect the safety of all, we ask everyone to follow the CDC’s recommendation to wear cloth face coverings when entering an RMA office.

RMA remains open and operating at full capacity.

We are seeing new patients via telehealth and in-person appointments. All fertility services are available, including IVF, IUI, and all other procedures.

 

RMA has a comprehensive COVID-19 risk mitigation plan to combat the spread of Covid-19. We are actively monitoring patients and staff for COVID-19 exposures and symptoms. If an RMA employee tests positive for Coronavirus, we will notify any patients who may have had a direct encounter with an asymptomatic individual. Given we are using appropriate personal protective equipment, we believe there is minimal risk of exposure to patients.

 

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

  • To respect the safety of all our patients and staff, RMA is asking everyone to follow the CDC’s recommendation for wearing cloth face coverings when entering an RMA office. Learn how to make a mask at home.
  • Patients must come alone to morning monitoring, as well as egg retrieval and transfer. We will do our best to ensure that we supply supplemental materials to patients to share with their partners during this process.
  • We have extended morning monitoring hours to allow for social distancing.
  • We are taking extra cleaning precautions in between patients.
  • We are screening patients for COVID-19 before entry into RMA.
  • Please call the office if you have a cold, cough, and/or fever before coming into the office.

 

WHAT SHOULD WOMEN DESIRING TO UNDERGO FERTILITY TREATMENT DO?

COVID-19 spreads mostly through person-to-person contact within about a 6-foot (1.8 meter) radius, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with COVID-19 spread viral particles through coughing and sneezing. The particles can land in the mouths or noses of those nearby. It might also be possible to catch COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus has recently landed and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes. Ethanol, hydrogen-peroxide or bleach-based cleaners are effective at killing coronaviruses that do survive on surfaces.

We recommend our patients follow CDC guidelines at work, during their daily activities, and their visits to our clinics:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid handshaking.
  • Put distance (6 feet or more) between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for travel.
  • If you have symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, please stay home, call your primary care physician and inform us.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT?

If you are currently in any phase of treatment and are asymptomatic (i.e. not showing any signs of COVID-19 illness), and have not had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, your treatment can continue as planned.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT AND I DEVELOP SYMPTOMS?

If you are currently in any phase of treatment and become symptomatic (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath), we will change your plan. This will be done on a case by case basis. Please stay home, call your primary care provider, and alert us immediately if you notice these symptoms. This is for your benefit as well as to protect the health and safety of other patients and your care providers.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT AND I LEARN THAT SOMEONE I HAD CONTACT WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 INFECTION?

If you are currently in any phase of treatment and learn that you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, stay home, call your primary care provider, and alert us immediately. This is for your benefit as well as to protect the health and safety of other patients and your care providers. We will monitor your progress and adjust your care plan accordingly.

 

SHOULD I TRAVEL IF I AM PLANNING TO OR CURRENTLY UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT?

  • We recommend avoiding all non-essential travel during infertility treatment.
  • If you must travel, we ask you to follow CDC guidelines

 

For more information about the Coronavirus please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

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