Even before COVID-19 became a pandemic, OBHG began taking proactive measures to prepare our clinical teams and hospital partners. As the pandemic has continued to unfold, ensuring the safety of patients, our hospital partners and our clinicians has remained our top priority.
Patient demographics of OBHG’s COVID-19 positive obstetrics patients
Now that OBHG’s 900+ OB/GYN clinicians are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to see an uptick in COVID-19 positive and presumed positive pregnant patients. From March 16th through today, our clinicians have cared for more than 90 COVID-19 positive patients across our national network of 180+ hospital partners. These patients have been located in 23 different states.
As expected, our clinicians have cared for patients in COVID-19 hot spots and cluster locations such as New York, New Jersey and Albany, GA. Our teams have also seen higher numbers of COVID-19 positive patients in states such as Illinois, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Florida and Virginia.
As we continue to track data related to patient encounters with known or presumed COVID-19 infections, we are noting that many of the COVID-19 positive patients are presenting with typical COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
While some of the patients our teams have seen are visiting the hospital obstetrics emergency department for relief from COVID-19 symptoms, many are seeking treatment for common obstetrical conditions and emergencies, such as hypertension and hemorrhage.
Active labor is also bringing COVID-19 positive pregnant patients to the hospital. Since mid-March, OBHG clinicians have handled deliveries and provided care for 26 COVID-19 positive patients in labor and delivery. A small number of these cases were emergent deliveries, due to respiratory distress of the mother.
Advancing knowledge of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy
To better understand COVID-19 in pregnancy, OBHG is sharing best practices and experiences across our entire clinician network. As information continues to evolve, we will also continue to share our aggregated experiences with hospital leaders and the obstetrics field.
Click here to read about some of the hospital obstetrics trends and practices that we are seeing during this historic time.