A Message to Patients
Cheyenne OBGYN is committed to be the OBGYN of choice in Cheyenne and the surrounding area. We are dedicated to address the concerns of our employees, colleagues, and community with the same values and attentiveness as we do for our patients and families. Improving the lives of women every day and our response to COVID-19 is no exception to our commitments. As many of you know, this is an evolving issue with new information daily. We want to assure you that as a health care organization we are closely monitoring directives from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Wyoming Department of Health. We are providing information and training to our staff to ensure that each of our patients receive the best and safest care possible.
If you need to schedule an appointment or reschedule a previous appointment cancelled, please call our office at 307-634-5216.
We are asking that you come alone to any upcoming appointment with the exception for ob patients, who are allowed to bring one visitor. If a visitor must accompany you, we will permit only one visitor and that person must be 18 or older. They will be asked to complete our screening questionnaire to identify anyone who has traveled to a high-risk area within the past 14 days, those with known exposure, and/or those who are having symptoms.
Please help us protect all patients and staff by following these guidelines when you visit our offices:
- Please honor our NO visitor policy. Visitors will be permitted for extreme exceptions only and must be pre-approved before arriving, with the exception for ob patients, who are allowed to bring one visitor. Babies less than six months old are allowed in a carrier.
- All patients and approved visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as this may create delays in entering our offices.
- Patients must wear face coverings.
- Please wash your hands frequently and practice good hand hygiene.
What We’re Doing to Protect You
Caring for you means doing our part to keep you safe during your office visit.
- Staff are conducting self-screenings and in-office screenings for all patients and visitors.
- All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to wear face coverings. PPE will be used and properly disposed of in higher-risk interactions.
- We’re following strict processes to sanitize our offices regularly.
- Cheyenne OBGYN staff members are receiving instruction and ongoing updates about COVID-19, hand hygiene, and other safety measures to decrease the likelihood of contracting or transmitting the infection.
If You Are Pregnant
We know that pregnant women can contract coronavirus, but information on whether the infection can be transmitted to the fetus is less clear. In an abundance of caution, we encourage pregnant women to avoid large gatherings. When possible, this could include limiting some social activities, working from home rather than going to the office, and participating in college courses online. If you need a letter to work from home, please contact our office.
Your providers at Cheyenne OBGYN have reviewed the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy, including, but not limited to, worsening respiratory status, early intubation, ICU admission, injury to other organs such as kidneys and liver, blood product transfusion, preterm delivery, fetal distress, and maternal/fetal/neonatal injury or mortality.
We have discussed that extra precautions are required to keep both mother and baby protected during delivery, as well as all staff. You understand the potential for disruption of timelines and delays related to efforts in managing a pandemic, which include, among other things, the need to decrease the risk of infection.
- For those of you desiring an epidural, early placement is encouraged to decrease the need for and risks related to general anesthesia.
- Due to the extra time needed for appropriate protective equipment, there may be a higher risk of cesarean delivery if there is early evidence of fetal intolerance to labor. An emergency cesarean will require extra preparation time for protective equipment.
Studies to date have not shown a clear mode of transmission of COVID-19 from mother to baby during pregnancy, however, there have been cases of babies diagnosed within 48 hours of life. Depending upon the severity of illness, COVID-19 positive mothers and their babies may be separated after delivery. If refused, modifications will be made to the standard rooming-in process as needed.
Breastmilk via nursing or pumping is encouraged as there have been no documented cases or warnings of COVID-19 transmission through breastmilk.
For refills, please call our office at 307-634-5216.
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
People who have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 and travelers to affected areas are at elevated risk of exposure. Please note that if you have traveled to a high-risk area or returned from a cruise and develop symptoms of fever, cough or cold, you will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Stay home. If you must go out, stay away from others, especially with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sneeze, and fever. Get your flu shot. While the flu shot will not prevent coronavirus, it will help to protect you during the current flu season. Above all, stay at home.
Treatments and Testing
While research is ongoing, there is currently no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus or any medication to cure the infection. Supportive care, including hospitalization and even intensive care as needed, is being used to manage symptoms.
At this time, diagnostic testing for this virus can be performed at area urgent care facilities.
Precautions You Should Take
- Follow current public health orders.
- Follow advice from CDC on what to do if you think you may be sick.
- Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.
- Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting.
- Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
*Precautions recommended by the Wyoming Department of Health
Symptoms are difficult to differentiate from the flu and include mild to severe respiratory illness associated with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or fatigue, please contact our office by phone to be screened.
If You Experience Symptoms of COVID-19:
- If you are sick, please contact your healthcare provider. Wyoming residents with general questions about COVID-19 may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To limit potential exposure to other patients, do not go to your doctor’s office without calling first.
- Tell your health care provider about any recent travel or contact with people who have traveled to high-risk areas and/or if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about coronavirus by looking at the following websites:
- Wyoming Department of Health: https://health.wyo.gov/
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html