· In the midst of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we know that our most vulnerable patients will have even more challenges getting the services they need, and community care will be key to preventing a reproductive healthcare crisis down the line.
· Preterm is committed to keeping our community safe and providing abortion care and is acting in accordance with all Centers for Disease Control and National Abortion Federation guidelines.
· At Preterm, your health and safety are always a top priority. Preterm is a safe, sterilized environment. Our clinic is professionally cleaned using hospital grade disinfectant each day that we see patients, and we are stepping up these efforts even further.
All surfaces and common areas will be sanitized midday and at closing with hospital-grade wipes.
Patients who are coughing or sneezing will be asked to wear a mask. Masks will be available at intake.
Plenty of tissues and trash cans will be available for disposal.
· Preterm staff will be screening everyone for symptoms of Coronavirus when you call to make or confirm an appointment.
· You will be screened for symptoms and travel associated with Coronavirus prior to and on each day of your appointment.
· If you answer YES to any screening questions, you will be referred to your primary care provider before you can schedule your appointment.
· If you are concerned about your abortion care and are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, call Preterm and our friendly and prepared staff will help you decide next steps.
· We know that having a support person on the day of your abortion appointment is an important comfort and necessary for anyone receiving anesthesia. Currently, Preterm is limiting each patient to one support person.
· If your support person or guest is experiencing a fever or persistent sneezing or coughing when accompanying you, they will be subject to screening and assessment for Coronavirus to keep our community healthy and safe.
· If you have general questions about the Coronavirus, call the Cuyahoga warmline, 440-886-5950 (available from 9am – 1am daily), or the State of Ohio Coronavirus Hotline, 833-427-5634.
· If you do not have a primary care physician, you can call the MetroHealth hotline number at 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843) for an assessment. They will help you get the facts about COVID-19, what you can do to stay healthy, and community resources.