COVID-19 Health Alert
March 25th Update: Here at IRMS we take the health of our patients and caregivers very seriously. As we work to play our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19, we are moving to all telemedicine appointments for all offices. If you must be seen in-person, our dedicated IRMS Nursing Team will be in touch with you directly to guide you to the appropriate IRMS office.
We Are Open For Business!
We are here to help you remain on your fertility journey.
Am I at risk for coronavirus?
I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor. Should I come?
All appointments are being rescheduled as telemedicine appointments. Your Administrative Coordinator can set up your appointment as a videoconference so you and your doctor can discuss your care and fertility plan.
What is IRMS doing to keep patients safe?
IRMS has implemented a coronavirus protocol to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy while making sure that our patients stay on track to reach their treatment goals. IRMS Physicians have converted all patients to telemedicine appointments. By offering this level of virtual care, our patients can stay on track and if just starting their fertility journey, they can lay the groundwork so they are steps ahead when in-office visits resume.
Social Distancing Policy – Even with all patients being serviced through telemedicine, in the event that anyone is in our office, we are adhering to our strict Social Distancing Policy.
- All morning monitoring patients are being assigned specific report times.
- Any patient dropping off a sample must check-in via Klara, our text-based messaging service. This must be done before entering the building. You will be pre-screened for exposure risk prior to entering the office.
- ONLY the patient will be permitted into the office. Partners and/or family members should remain in their vehicle. This applies to obstetrical ultrasounds as well.
Hand-Washing Policy – All patients must wash their hands after checking in and before treatment. Wash stations have been set up for your convenience.
Non-Contact Greeting – All patients are encouraged to choose alternate ways to greet and engage IRMS staff members. Our staff is leading by example.
Symptoms – Every patient is queried 1. Whether they are experiencing any fever or COVID-19 symptoms and 2. Whether they or any family members have traveled outside the U.S. or to any other identified “hot-spots” in the U.S over the past two weeks. They are asked this at scheduling, appointment confirmation and at check-in.
Travel Check – We ask, as per the CDC Non-Essential Travel Guidelines, to limit all non-essential travel especially to areas designated as a travel risk. You can see the list of travel advisory notices on the CDC’s website.
In addition, our waiting room is wiped down regularly and every exam room is thoroughly wiped down after every examination.
What is the coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1950s and generally cause mild upper respiratory illness characterized by cough, fever, and/or body aches. This is very similar to most viral illnesses including flu and the common cold.
The current situation involves a new, or “novel,” coronavirus and the illness it causes is called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Because this virus is new, testing has been limited; there are no vaccines and no medicines designed specifically to treat it.
What are the symptoms caused by coronavirus?
The most common symptoms are fever, signs of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and body aches. A new symptom that has been identified as an early symptom of the virus is a loss of a sense of smell and taste.
Note that it is still cold and flu season, and allergy season is just beginning. So remember right now, if you’re feeling ill, it is still much more likely to be a cold or the flu rather than the coronavirus. As with the flu, most people who get coronavirus only experience mild viral symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle pain or weakness, and fatigue, and will experience a complete recovery.
Can the coronavirus be treated?
Since it is a virus, the coronavirus cannot be treated with antibiotics. Mild infections are treated in the same way as the common cold or flu with medications to relieve the symptoms of cough, congestion, and fever.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
If you are in respiratory distress, call 911.
If you have mild symptoms like fever, cough, and other symptoms of respiratory infection please follow CDC guidelines for at-home care and notify your Primary Care Physician so they can determine your need for testing. Self-isolation is the best course of action for containing the virus.
What should I do to avoid infection?
Please stay aware and take proper precautions. It is believed the coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets such as from a cough or sneeze, so you should be using the same prevention methods as you would to avoid a cold or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home from school or work when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Where can I get more information?
NJ Department of Health:
- 24-hour public hotline: 1-800-222-1222
- Website: www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/
NY Department of Health:
- Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Website: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/