Due to the current COVID-19 health concerns we have TEMPORARILY closed our Baldwin Park location.  If you have an upcoming appointment our team is working diligently to contact you as quickly as possibly to get you rescheduled at an alternate location.  If your appointment meets the appropriate criteria you may be asked to re-schedule for a telehealth visit with one of our physicians from the safety and comfort of your home.  If you have any questions before our team is able to reach you, please feel free to contact our Clermont office at (352) 241-6460.

If you do have an upcoming appointment and you or anyone in your household has experienced any of the below symptoms or traveled to Level 3 states (Washington, Oregon, California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut or Louisiana) please call the office immediately to discuss how we can proceed with your care:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • or any Flu like Symptoms

A Message to Our Patients

Women’s Care Florida is committed to improving the lives of women every day and our response to the novel coronavirus is no exception to that commitment. 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), the Florida Department of Health and other news sources. We are providing information and training to our staff to ensure that all of our patients receive the best and safest care possible, and only necessary personnel working in the offices.

If You Have an Upcoming Appointment 

If you come to an appointment at one of our offices, please come alone. If a visitor must accompany you, we will permit only one visitor and that person must be 18 or older, and 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.

Women’s Care Florida is postponing all well-woman exams and non-urgent appointments for all patients. Prior to us postponing or canceling any appointment, your provider will be reviewing your medical status to confirm that there are no concerns regarding an in-person visit. If you have an upcoming appointment, someone from our office will contact you to cancel or confirm, depending on the nature of your visit.

What We’re Doing to Protect You

  • Women’s Care Florida 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.
  • We are sanitizing all work areas at least twice daily.
  • Staff is screening all patients to identify those who have traveled to any high-risk areas within the past 14 days, those with known exposure and/or those who are having symptoms.

If You Are Pregnant

We know that pregnant women can contract coronavirus, but information on whether or not 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 rather than in person. If you need a letter to work from home, please contact our office at (352) 241-6460.

For more information on COVID-19 and pregnancy, visit the CDC.

Appointments

All scheduled ob appointments will be kept, although we will be offering the option of televisits under certain circumstances. Please our office at (352) 241-6460 for more information.

Sonograms and Ultrasounds

All scheduled appointments will be kept.

During delivery

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.

After delivery

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.

Breastfeeding

Breastmilk via nursing or pumping is encouraged as there have been no documented cases or warnings of COVID-19 transmission through breastmilk.

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Contracting 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 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.

What Does Flatten the Curve Mean?

The COVID-19 spreads rapidly if people interact under normal conditions. A certain percentage of people with the infection, particularly the elderly, may require hospitalization and even intensive care. Each country, including the U.S., has a limited number of hospitals, equipment and staff. We do not want everyone to get very sick at one time and overwhelm the capability of the hospitals to provide care. We want the pandemic to move more slowly so that not everyone gets sick all at once.

 

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 only be performed through state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC), and most recently through LabCorp and Quest.

Precautions You Should Take

  • Stay at home, especially if you are sick. Restrict contact with other people. Even at home, remain at least six feet away from other people while you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Symptom Review

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 before you visit any Women’s Care Florida location.

If You Experience Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Call your physician or the Florida Department of Health (866-779-6121—open 24/7) for instructions. To limit potential exposure to other patients, do not go to your doctor’s office without calling first.
  • If you are instructed to go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, notify the front desk staff of your symptoms immediately upon arrival so they can isolate you.
  • 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.
  • Your health care provider will work with the Florida Department of Health and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Helpful Links

We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about coronavirus by looking at the following websites: