COVID-19 Risks

Although there have been no public advisories for women not to get pregnant during the pandemic, there may be potential risks. Patients are required to sign an informed consent in order to receive treatment at this time. Potential risks include:

  1. The possibility patients may contract COVID-19 at any public place, including at RCC, despite utilization of risk mitigation strategies.
  2. The potential for treatment cancellation due to COVID-19 exposure, infection or other issues such as unavailability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or changes in regulations.
  3. There may be increased risk for pregnant women who contract COVID-19.
  4. There may be increased risk for pregnancies or children conceived during the pandemic or whose mothers have COVID-19.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Task Force Recommendations (update #15): 

We remain steadfast in our guidance that to promote safety and protect health, patients and staff should get fully vaccinated, wear masks, and be tested for COVID when necessary. Widespread vaccination will, over time, reduce the need for wearing masks and social distancing.

  •  COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for women who are contemplating pregnancy or who are pregnant to minimize risks to themselves and their pregnancy.
  • Physicians continue to play a crucial role in encouraging vaccination among their staff and their patients.
  • We support the S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) strong recommendationthat everyone present in a healthcare setting wear a mask.  
  • Where permissible, we support partners attending reproductive health appointments as long as they are wearing a mask and are asymptomatic.  State, local, institution, and clinic rules and guidelines supersede this guidance.

Risk Mitigation Plan:

  • Telemed/Phones are used for all consultations with the physicians, nurse practitioner and nurses and for any discussions with billing and scheduling staff.
  •  A spouse/partner or support person is welcome to provide in-clinic support if they do not have any COVID symptoms. We encourage patients to arrange for care for children instead of bringing children into the clinic for appointments.
  • All patients, partners and employees in clinic are required to wear a mask. Patients should bring their own masks.
  •  Patients and employees who show symptoms of illness or who have been in contact with anyone who is sick or who has traveled to a high-risk area are required to stay home. Staff able to work remotely to limit contact with co-workers and patients are doing so.
  •  All RCC employees have been strongly encouraged to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  •  RCC staff continue strict clinic protocols for cleanliness and hand washing.
  •  Patients stay in their car and check in via cell phone by calling: Sandy 801-878-8888 or Clearfield 801-784-5484.
  •  When an exam room is available, our staff will call to invite the patient to come into the front door of the clinic wearing a mask.
  • Payments are collected over the phone or via patient portal to avoid contact.
  •  In order to gain greater knowledge of COVID-19, RCC is participating in a research project headed by doctors at UC San Francisco. Patients are invited, but not required, to participate in this study which will help healthcare providers manage this virus efficiently and safely in the future. 

Our Pleasant Grove and Idaho Falls patients are continuing care via telemed with in-clinic visits at our Sandy or Clearfield locations. Our Pleasant Grove and Idaho Falls clinics will remain closed until further notice due to COVID-19 staffing measures to reduce risk.

We appreciate your understanding while we continue to comply with ASRM, federal, state and local mandates and recommendations due to COVID-19.  Click here for further information regarding ASRM recommendations:

https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/covid-19/statements/patient-management-and-clinical-recommendations-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/

Updated 7/12/21

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