COVID-19 Updated Guidelines

COVID-19 Updated Guidelines

In response to Governor Inslee’s November 15th update and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we would like to inform you of the following policy change regarding travel. Please carefully follow the below guidelines when coming into our office in an effort to protect our patients and staff, including those in high risk categories.

Washington State COVID-19 and Travel Mandate

  • Washington state travel guidelines state that if you travel out of state, you should quarantine for 14 days, or 7 days with a negative COVID test.  We include any airplane or train travel in this category.
  • Limit gatherings to your immediate household
  • Click here and here for more information on these WA state guidelines.

Reschedule/Schedule Video Visit

If you have traveled in the last 14 days and are scheduled for a non-urgent appointment (such as an annual exam, pre-conception appointment, medication follow-up, etc.) you will be asked to reschedule or change to a telehealth visit for that appointment.

If you or anyone you have been in contact with have the following symptoms, you will be asked to reschedule or change to a telehealth visit for that appointment.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have recently been COVID positive you can be seen in the office:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
  • 24 hours with no fever (fever defined as temperature greater than 100.4) without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • your symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

If you are COVID positive but asymptomatic:

  • You can be seen in the office 10 days after your COVID positive test

If you are in a household with a COVID positive patient:

  • You can be seen in the office 14 days after your last close contact with a COVID patient who is in the first 10 days of their illness
  • OR, if you have had a COVID negative test that is done 10 days from your last close contact with a COVID patient, you can then be seen in the office.

 

Thank you for helping keep Northwest Women’s Healthcare safe for everyone!

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