COVID-19 Policy

Last Updated: May 2 , 2022

To our valued patients,

On March 12, 2022, the Governors of Oregon and Washington will be lifting the states' mask mandates in indoor spaces. Please note that this easing of restriction does not apply to healthcare facilities, including DrSnip. We continue to require masks to be worn by everyone in our clinic, including our staff and patients.

To help keep our patients, employees, and communities safe, we will also continue to provide free antigen tests to patients on their appointment day. Our employees also test themselves daily before entering the clinic.

We thank you for your understanding and invite you to review our COVID-19 policies below.

Sincerely,
Shrikesh Majithia, CEO

Please read all three sections below before your appointment.

1) General Information

For Semen Testing – Please refer to our Semen Testing page to see our related COVID-19 policies and current testing schedule.

Scheduled Patients – Below are our complete guidelines for visiting our clinics once you have scheduled an appointment with us. Note that we may make exceptions to these guidelines under extenuating circumstances.

Contact Tracing – If you test positive for COVID-19 or develop any related symptoms in the 14 days after your appointment, please call us to let us know for our monitoring purposes.

Pre-Existing Conditions – If you have a serious or chronic health condition, you may wish to reschedule your appointment. Examples of such conditions include lung disease, heart disease, severe obesity, diabetes, and immunodeficiency. People with these conditions are cautioned to pay special attention to social distancing in the interest of protecting themselves.

2) Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement

We require you to be fully vaccinated – but not boosted – or receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of your appointment.

Vaccination Requirement
We require you to have received a complete series of a CDC-approved vaccine (i.e., two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days before your scheduled appointment date. If you meet this criterion, you do not need to get a PCR COVID-19 test before your appointment. Booster shots are not required at this time.

PCR Testing Requirement
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must get a PCR COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result within 72 hours of your scheduled appointment date. Your PCR test sample must be administrated by a healthcare professional and processed at a laboratory. We will not accept antigen, at-home, or point-of-care tests, and results from Liver Function Tests (LFT) and antibody tests are also not accepted. Other Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT), such as Transcription Mediated Amplification Assay (TMA), will be accepted.

Please be sure that your testing location can provide you with the results in time for your appointment. Results are often received 36 hours or more after testing. Scheduling your PCR test 72 hours before your appointment allows for a greater likelihood of receiving your test results on time (e.g., if your appointment is on a Friday at 5:00 PM, then the earliest you can test is Tuesday at 5:00 PM).

Free testing sites around Washington can be found here. Free testing sites for Oregon can be found here.

We recognize the high demand for PCR tests and appreciate everyone’s effort to meet our COVID-19 precautions. If you cannot secure a COVID-19 test or have yet to receive your test result by your scheduled appointment time, we will reschedule your visit with us. We will not make any testing exceptions.

Proof of Vaccination/Negative COVID-19 Test
Upload your proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result to our secure File Upload Portal.

Proof of vaccination required information:

  1. First and last name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Date of vaccination
  4. Type (i.e., Moderna, Pfizer, J&J)

Proof of test required information:

  1. First and last name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Date of collection
  4. Type (i.e., PCR, TMA, or NAAT)
  5. Location/provider
  6. Result

Accepted forms of proof include:

  1. Images of vaccination cards or physical test results
  2. Digital immunization records (e.g., WAVerify, MyIR)
  3. Digital medical records or test results
  4. Physical vaccine or test results shown at your time of check-in

3) Day of Appointment

Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment and call us from your car to check-in. We ask that you wait in your car until we are ready to receive you in the clinic. Please do not enter until we ask you to do so.

Check-In Phone Screening
While you are in your car, we will complete COVID-19 symptom and exposure screening questionnaires by phone.

A) Have you experienced or been exposed to any of the following symptoms in the last two weeks?

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Fever, chills, or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

B) Have you been in contact with anyone that has tested COVID-19 positive or anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in the last two weeks?

At check-in, if you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will not be permitted to enter the clinic, and we will have to reschedule your appointment. Before your appointment, if you are aware of any symptoms or exposure, please call us to reschedule.

Check-In Rapid Antigen Test
We will administer a rapid antigen test free of charge. Everyone entering the clinic must have a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test result before entering. You may download and use the iHealth app for directions and result recording if you wish. We will meet you at our front door and provide you with hand sanitizer and the iHealth rapid antigen test kit (test card, swab, reagent solution, and laminated instructions in a plastic bag). Please return to your car to conduct a self-test as follows:

  1. Follow the laminated iHealth Directions
  2. Note the start time of your test, or when the sample is added to the test card
  3. Allow 15 minutes to elapse
  4. Call the clinic with your results

If negative, we will welcome you to the door when your room is ready.

If positive, we will reschedule your appointment.

Entering the Clinic
Historically, partners have been welcomed inside the clinic. In response to the epidemic, you are required to enter the clinic alone. Ask your driver to be ready to pick you up 60 minutes after your appointment time. You will also be able to contact your driver after your procedure is complete.

Currently, only staff and patients are permitted to enter the clinic.

Hand Sanitization and Surgical Masks
Once you enter, we will ask you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer available at the front desk. We will also give you a new mask to wear for the duration of your visit. You must keep your nose and mouth covered for the duration of your visit. Even if you are alone in a room, please keep your mask completely on.

Sincerely,

The DrSnip Team

For your visit at DrSnip, please note the following and see below for details.

  1. We currently require you to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of your appointment. Please see below for vaccinations and PCR test policies.
  2. We will provide you with a fresh surgical mask that must cover your nose and mouth for the entire duration of your visit. This includes when you are alone in your exam room.
  3. Previous patients: please refer to our Semen Testing page to see our related COVID-19 policies and current testing schedule.

Below are our current guidelines for scheduling an appointment with DrSnip and visiting our clinic. Note that we may make exceptions to these guidelines under extenuating circumstances.

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