Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology continues to closely monitor and process the outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. New information is being presented daily including updates and directives from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
The immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for most of the American public. Those who have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case and travelers to affected international locations are at elevated risk of exposure.
While research is ongoing, no vaccine is yet available to prevent coronavirus, nor is there medication to cure the virus. Symptom management and supportive care, including hospitalization and even intensive care when needed, are being used to help individuals recover.
While there are still many unknowns about the Coronavirus, here is some important information:
Desert West in-office changes
For the safety of our patients and staff, the following changes have been instituted at each of our locations:
- Staff with fever, cough or shortness of breath are to remain home.
- Patients with a cough or fever are being rescheduled.
- Kiosks and tablets will not be used.
- Waiting rooms and exam room magazines have been removed.
- All counters and doorknobs are wiped down with an antiseptic solution hourly.
- Continue to wipe beds, chairs and counters in exam rooms with an antiseptic solution between each patient.
- Any staff that has traveled to high risk areas (currently Washington, New York and certain areas of California) is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of return.
- Visitors – including spouses and children — are not allowed in the office.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Mild to severe respiratory illness, particularly in older people
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you think you were exposed to COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should contact your primary care provider.
Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
What precautions should I take if I’m pregnant?
Information on whether or not the Coronavirus can be transmitted to the fetus is still unclear. We encourage pregnant women to be extremely cautious and, when possible, limit social activities, work from home rather than going to the office and participate in educational courses online rather than in person.
The following websites provide accurate and updated information on Coronavirus: