Update: As of April 6, 2020 our clinic will be operating on minimum staff. Dr. Ramirez has been deployed with his U.S. Army medical reserve unit to the East Coast to assist in supporting a field hospital. The staff will still be available to answer questions, refill prescriptions and for now, schedule appointments for June and beyond.
As of March 19, 2020, our center remains open and we are proceeding with our upcoming IVF cycles as planned. We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health agencies for the latest developments related to COVID-19 and following the guidance of government and public health officials. We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more mindful as we go through our regular activities. Please be assured that we are utilizing these health and safety recommendations within our clinic. We are screening our patients and keeping within the guidelines issued by the state and local health departments.
At this time, Dr. Ramirez is doing telephone consults as well as in person consultations and exams. We are staggering all our patient appointments, seeing them one at a time. Like other clinics, we are asking our patients to wait in their cars if there is a patient ahead of them in the waiting room. We ask that you do not bring additional family members with you to your in person appointment. Our staff is disinfecting all surfaces daily and our disinfectants are hospital grade therefore highly effective.
In an effort to protect our patients and staff from risk of exposure we ask that patients who meet the following criteria delay non-essential appointments or call ahead to discuss options with the clinic.
Please see the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, we advise patients who have high likelihood of having COVID-19 (fever and/or cough, shortness of breath, and either exposure within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 patient and within 14 days of onset of symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result), including those planning to use oocyte donors, sperm donors, or gestational carriers, should strive to avoid a pregnancy. If these patients are undergoing active infertility treatment, we suggest that they consider freezing all oocytes or embryos and avoid an embryo transfer until they are disease-free. Please note this recommendation does not necessarily apply when there solely is a suspicion of COVID-19, because symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to other more common forms of respiratory illnesses.
We also taking into consideration these recent recommendations from ASRM:
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We will exercise appropriate diligence in safeguarding your health in the coming weeks and sincerely hope that this emergency will pass without negatively disrupting any of our lives.
Edward Ramirez, M.D.