COVID-19 Office Protocols & Practice Updates

As we continue to monitor new information about the spread of COVID-19, we will be updating this page with updates and materials for our patients. Please check back on this page often as we'll be posting new information as it becomes available.

Yale New Haven Hospital has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline should you have any concerns about exposure or questions about testing options.

(833) 275 9644

Office Protocols

As the COVID numbers decrease and the State of Connecticut eases its mask mandate restrictions, we are updating our COVID policies.

  • Social distancing protocols remain in effect. Please, no food or drink should be brought into our offices.
  • You will continue to get a phone call from one of our office staff members the afternoon before your appointment to ask you about your current health and COVID vaccine status. We appreciate your being available for these calls.

Visitor Policy

We have lifted the restriction on ‘visitors’ beginning Wednesday, February 9, 2022. You may now bring one adult to your visit if you desire. Please note, the visitor must stay with you throughout the entire visit including your exam or ultrasound. Visitors will not be allowed to wait alone in our waiting room. We are not allowing any children at this time, with the exception of newborns in an infant carrier.

Mask Policy

Masks mandates remain in effect for all medical facilities in the State of Connecticut. At County OB/Gyn, we ask that you wear paper surgical-style masks or kn-95 mask. Masks must be worn over the nose for the entirety of the visit.

Notice

This information is current as of February 2022.

Please continue to follow all CDC recommended guidelines: wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often.  And, if you are not vaccinated or boosted, please, make your appointment! Our providers will be more than happy to answer any questions and alleviate any fears you may have regarding the vaccine.

Yale New Haven Hospital: Labor and Birth Visitor Policy

YNHH Women’s Services will allow TWO support people for laboring patients. The second support person must leave after delivery. The primary support person may visit outside of visiting hours. Second support persons are not allowed for planned cesarean deliveries. Support persons are required to wear the appropriate mask while on hospital grounds.

Please Note: Support person is permitted for COVID positive mothers regardless of vaccination status

 

YNHH COVID POLICIES

Please visit this link to stay informed with the most updated pregnancy patient information and FAQs.

Common Questions Regarding COVID-19

What if I've been exposed to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19?

If fully vaccinated: You can keep your appointment if you are not showing signs of illness.

If NOT fully vaccinated (at least 2 doses): Please get tested 5 days after the exposure and reschedule your appointment for at least 10 days.

I am experiencing cold and respiratory symptoms and already have an appointment scheduled. What should I do?

Please reschedule your appointment until at least 10 days past when you experience symptoms.

I've tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

COVID POSITIVE patients should call the office if they have an appointment for a problem visit. Your provider will decide if you need to be seen in the office, via telehealth, or at the hospital.

I'm pregnant and I've tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If you have had a positive home or PCR test please call our office and ask for a telehealth video visit in 3-5 days. You can return to your regularly scheduled in-person visits day as soon as day 5 after a positive test if you have no symptoms or if symptoms are resolving. You must continue to wear a mask around others on days 6-10.

You will need to isolate and use precautions for at least the next 5 days. Wear a mask at all times, preferably a KN-95 or surgical mask. When in close proximity to others in your home, try and stay 6 feet away.  Wash your hands frequently and disinfect surfaces in your home.

Monitor your symptoms:

  • Fever: you can take Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours. If you have a fever greater than 102 that is not reduced by taking Tylenol, please call the office.
  • Breathing: If you can obtain an O2 saturation monitor, please do. Your numbers should be above 95. If you do have a monitor and you feel you are having shortness of breath, or feel that you are working hard to breathe, please call our office at 203-488-8306.

Seek emergency care by calling 911 or go to the ED if any of the following occurs: 

  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue tint of the skin or lips.

Pregnancy concerns.  As always, please call the office with:

  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Labor
  • Loss of fluid or vaginal bleeding

COVID-19 Vaccine

All of County Ob/Gyn's providers have received the vaccine. We encourage you to get vaccinated as well.

The following links provide helpful resources about COVID-19:

 

Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals to get vaccinated and boosted?

ACOG, SMFM, and the CDC all strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant individuals, breastfeeding individuals, and all eligible people who may consider future pregnancy. At County Ob, we recommend vaccination as it can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.

This recommendation is supported by the evolving clinical data from thousands of pregnant women over the last several months who have chosen to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please, if you have not yet, get vaccinated today.

Telehealth Appointments

Video visits will continue.  Telehealth visits have been working out nicely for patients and staff. Please note they are not appropriate for visualizing the female anatomy, but we can continue to utilize Telehealth for discussions about many of your problems or concerns.  We ask that you please comply if we recommend a Telehealth visit.

INFORMATION FOR YOUR EMPLOYER

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our patients. Together, with all of the OB/Gyn practices in the New Haven area as well as the department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Yale University, we have written a community wide response for your employers. We are all collectively using this same letter. Please print the attached letter for your employer regarding at work policies. Letter for employers regarding COVID recommendations.

 

PAPERWORK & FORMS

Our staff is committed to making sure you have all of the necessary paperwork and forms completed in a timely fashion. As a convenience to our patients, our office is more than happy to complete Third Party Insurance Forms of all types such as your Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Short-Term Disability paperwork for you, at no charge.

We ask that you please not drop off paperwork but instead complete all patient areas on your form and leave all sections to be completed by our healthcare provider blank. We then ask you to please use THIS LINK to attach your paperwork.

 

QUICK NOTE ABOUT COVID TESTING:

Yale New Haven Health has multiple COVID-19 public testing sites. Drive-through, walk-up, and draw station testing centers are located throughout Connecticut. For a complete list of testing sites click here.

Yale Blood Draw Stations also provide COVID testing. Keep in mind that to schedule an appointment for testing, you must not have symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic).