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.
The Yale New Haven Hospital dedicated COVID-19 hotline is available at (833) 275-9644 should you have any concerns about exposure and/or testing options.
- 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.
- Masks mandates remain in effect for all medical facilities in the State of Connecticut. At County OB/Gyn, masks must be paper surgical-style masks, worn over the nose and not removed throughout your entire visit. 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.
All of County Ob/Gyn's providers have received the vaccine. We encourage you to get vaccinated as well.
If I am pregnant or breastfeeding should I receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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.
- Covid-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy
- Delta Variant Threat
- Cristina Gioioso, MD: Pregnancy During Covid-19 (FAQ)
- It is recommended and encouraged that everyone ages 16 and older should get a booster 6 months after full vaccination.
In addition to reducing the number of patients in the office, we continue to rotate our providers out of our schedule(s) to keep them safe. Thus, we continue to make schedule changes to meet our staffing needs. We appreciate your understanding during this unusual time.
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.
YNHH Pregnancy Patient Information
Yale New Haven Hospital, Labor and Birth Visitor Policy, effective immediately:
YNHH Women’s Services will allow 2 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
Yale New Haven Health has been closely monitoring the situation for visitor restrictions during COVID-19. Please visit this link to stay informed with the most updated pregnancy patient information and FAQs.
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. Given the current situation with COVID-19, we are seeing an increase in requests, and, patients with multiple types of forms. We are working hard to get all forms back to you as quickly as we can. Because of the unusually high volume, please bear with us as our turnaround time has increased.
We ask you to complete the patient portion of all forms; blank paperwork can cause delays. Drop off forms at your visit or send your forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will return the completed forms to you at your next visit or via email.
YALE PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Below are the video recordings from both panel discussions hosted by Yale New Haven Health. We encourage all of our OB patients to watch these videos as they provide a lot of information about your upcoming birth experience at Yale:
- Panel Discussion #1: https://player.vimeo.com/video/411235101
- Panel Discussion #2: https://player.vimeo.com/video/416183867
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YALE BLOOD DRAW STATIONS:
We have been notified that Yale Blood Draw stations are opening and closing depending on staffing availability. Locations that are Open/Closed can change on a daily basis. You can use this link to find a blood draw station near you and call for their availability.
We realize some of you may be OUT OF WORK and need assistance with formula or have other nutritional needs for your children. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC Program, provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education and support for women, infants and children up to age five. For more info on WIC, click this link.