OGA Women’s Health and Updates Regarding COVID-19

To Our OGA Community – At OGA, we are dedicated to creating vibrant communities, one woman and one family at a time. We want to continue our commitment to you and the community about providing excellent care in a safe environment.

We know you are also committed to doing your part to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Wear a mask in public.  Keep a physicial distance of a least six feet between you and others.  Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.  Stay home if you don’t feel well.  Together we can curb the spread.

How we are working to keep you healthy and safe?

Clinical Service Options and Precautions

At OGA, we’ve made several changes in how we operate to help those coming to our clinics and the hospital to avoid exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

  • Clinic hours and operation.  We are currently open to all OB and Gyn visits.  We continue to monitor this based on community rates, risk of exposure to patients, staff and providers and shortages in staffing due to illness.
  • Surgery.  OGA provides surgery at partner organizations e.g. St Luke’s Health System.  We honor their decisions related to surgeries based on risks and capacity.  The latest updates regarding surgery at St Luke’s can be accessed at https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/covid-resources/covid-related-service-updates.
  • Patient, visitor and employee screenings. For patients and visitors, we contact prior to appointment reminder to do a  self-evaluation of "signs and symptoms” before the appointment and contact the clinic if showing any symptoms.  Do not enter the clinic. Employees are actively screened as well.  Temperatures and evaluation of symptoms will be reviewed in the clinic.
  • Increased cleaning of facilities. A clean facility is always vital, but during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re taking even more steps to ensure safe, clean facilities.
  • Universal masking. OGA requires masks in all of our clinics and follows St Luke’s guidelines for those clinics located inside St Luke’s.
  • Visitor policy [Note: Recently Updated]: We know that having a visitor or significant other is important for our OB patients and others who need a caregiver or assistance in care.  Starting February 1, 2021, we are opening up our visitor policy to allow one adult visitor. Children 0-2 years are permitted, we ask to have another adult present with children for Ultrasound appointments.  If there are other circumstances, those can be discussed with your provider for that particular visit.  We ask all visitors/patients to follow symptom review, masking and keep 6 feet space with other patients at all times. This policy may change based on changes in the community and in compliance with our partner organizations.

Symptom Screening

As an OGA patient, if you have any of the following symptoms and are scheduled for a clinic or hospital procedure, contact our Triage Nurse(s) at (208) 546-9902.  Visitors exhibiting or reporting the following symptoms be asked not to enter.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Based on recent CDC guidance, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 may include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Blush lips or face

If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.

Additional Resources

As an OGA patient, if you have any of the following symptoms and are scheduled for a clinic or hospital procedure, contact our Triage Nurse(s) at (208) 888-0909.  Visitors exhibiting or reporting the following symptoms be asked not to enter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – As we receive questions from our patients, we will post answers based on current medical research and advice.  To access our FAQ’s, click HERE.