Office Visit Guideline Update for COVID-19
ONLY 1 support person will be permitted to accompany the patient to the appointment, if any of the following circumstances exist; otherwise, the appointment is restricted to the patient only. The support person cannot be ill (must be without fever, cough or other concerning symptoms), or cannot have tested positive or have a test for COVID-19 pending.
- The patient is 17 years old or younger
- The patient is scheduled for the 1st prenatal appointment
- The patient is scheduled for the 20-week appointment ultrasound
Children are not permitted to attend the appointment. We understand how difficult it can be to make childcare arrangements. We are asking for your partnership in making sure all children remain home.
We know this is a challenging time, and we thank you for your understanding and partnership in keeping our patients, families and staff safe.
Telemedicine Visits Now Available
Stoneridge Obstetrics & Gynecology is now offering telemedicine using audio and visual capabilities conducted through your patient portal or by using the Healow app on your cell phone. Telemedicine visits are appropriate for many non-emergent issues, which cannot be safely treated in our office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call our triage nurses at 215-257-0414 to see if a telemedicine visit is appropriate for you. Telemedicine visits will be billed to your health insurance plan. Most commercial insurance companies and Medicare will cover telemedicine visits and are waiving co-payments for these virtual visits.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
- Upper respiratory illness
- Shortness of breath
Measures to Help Keep You Safe
Anyone returning from travel to a highly contaminated European country or traveling by cruise ship should be on a 14-day home quarantine upon their return from travel.
Anyone who has had contact with an individual testing positive for coronavirus must be screened by her primary care physician.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Practice social distancing and avoid groups of more than 10 people. Avoid being in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to people.
Resources for Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please visit one of the websites below for the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC are continuously updating information as it becomes available.
Pennsylvania Department of Health: 877-724-3258 or www.health.pa.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Image: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases