Updated: June 2, 2020, 12:00PM
Following the Governor’s May 1st announcement and the state of Oregon’s recommendations and requirements, WHA has expanded the in-person care we are providing in our open locations. We are doing this carefully with the health of our patients, staff and providers as our top priority. Care we are now able to provide on-site includes: screening mammography and some wellness visits, in addition to gynecology and pregnancy care. We are still scheduling video visits for many types of appointments and issues to minimize community exposure wherever possible.
For the time being, we’ll continue to care for patients without COVID-19 symptoms in-person at five locations: Newberg, Tualatin, Peterkort North, Northwest Perinatal Center West and Northwest Perinatal Center East. Our Peterkort Northwest Gynecology Center office is reserved for gynecologic and obstetric care of patients with symptoms. All other locations remain temporarily closed as we proceed cautiously following the Governor’s instructions.
Here is what we are doing in our offices to help keep you healthy:
- Maintaining our no-guest policy so we can use personal protective equipment responsibly and help everyone keep at a safe physical distance.
- Scheduling half as many patients as we normally would for in-person care. Again, safe distancing—no full waiting rooms here.
- Screening all staff, providers and patients for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before entering our offices. If patients arrive with symptoms, we arrange for them to receive care at a location dedicated to the care of symptomatic patients only.
- Requiring all patients wear a face mask while they’re in our offices. You can wear a clean fabric mask from home or a disposable mask will be provided to you. Remember: make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose, avoid touching it, and leave it on the whole time you’re here—even during your appointment. Check the CDC’s guidelines for fabric masks.
- Practicing enhanced infection control measures in our facilities, including removing all magazines and cleaning our reception areas, door knobs, handles and other potential touch zones with disinfectant wipes every hour.
- Offering special hours for patients 60 and older seeking preventative care, such as wellness visits and mammography.
- Continuing to offer video visits, where appropriate.
We need your help to prevent the spread of illness, conserve resources and protect our healthcare workforce. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (including cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, chills with or without repeated shaking, muscle pain or new loss of taste or sense of smell) or have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, please call us before coming in. Our goal is to make sure we are doing everything we can to limit the spread of disease, and that all our patients who need care can get it as safely as possible.
Here are more resources for information on COVID-19:
- Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and Pregnancy (WHA)
- COVID-19, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- Centers for Disease Control
- Oregon Healthy Authority