CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER FAMILIES,
Your doctors at Children's Medical Center are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable information. We are open and seeing patients. While in the office we ask that everyone over the age of 2 years old wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. We are currently seeing well visits and sick visits at seperate times.
At Children’s Medical Center we are dedicated to caring for our patients. This is especially true in times of crisis, such as the current COVID pandemic. Due to the recent surge in a covid and non-covid illness in our community, we must prioritize our limited staffing in resources toward the care of these sick patients.
Currently, we are no longer able t ooffer covid testing for exposed patients with no symptoms. Local school districts have varying policies allowing the shortening of qurantine time of exposed students from 10 days to 7 days with a test given on day 4 or 5. We ask that you please seek this testing at CVS, Walgreens, or community testing sites. One important point these policies fail to follow is the fact that CDC guidlines recommend testing should be performed on day 5 and that it should be a PCR test, which is used for testing of individuals with no symptoms. Antigen tests, while convenent and quick, are not as reliably sensitive in people who have not yet developed symptoms.
Our practice is committed to following CDC and AAP guidelines and best practices. We will be triaging covid exposed patients accordingly, and make the following recommendations to families:
1. For covid exposed children in school, sports, or social gatherings who have no symptoms, please quarantine for 10 days, or get a PCR test at a local community site or pharmacy on day 5 if you wish to return on day 7.
2. For household exposures (i.e., a family member living in the household and has tested positive for covid), quarantine for 10 days. If the child does have symptoms, assume that it is covid and start that child's 10-day quarantine at the onset of that child's symptoms.
3. If fully vaccinated and exposed to covid, quarantine is not required but PCR testing is recommended between day 5-7.
If your exposed child becomes symptomatic and that illness seems mild, the child may not need medical attention or testing. If you are concerned about the symptoms , want care or advice, please call the office and a nurse will discuss your situation with you.
For moderate symptoms, please call and our nurses can help you decide if, when and where an appointment is needed.
If symptoms are severe, such as shortness of breath or dehydration, then the ER is a more appropriate option.
If your child is ill, with no known specific covid exposures, then make an office visit appointment to see our your physician to evaluate the cause of your child's symptoms.
Please bear with us as we work together while short staffed to meet the surging needs of our community. As always, we thank you for your continued loyalty as we do our best to serve our community.
WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY
- GOOD HANDWASHING.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.
- STAY AWAY FROM LARGE GATHERINGS
- REMEMBER SOCIAL DISTANCING WORKS.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NICER WEATHER.
- STAY AT HOME IF YOU OR ANY ONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS SICK.
- WHEN NEEDED, COUGH INTO YOUR ELBOW.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
- Maintain your daily routines.
- Try to keep kids busy with healthy and productive schedule at home.
- Talk to your children about their fears.
- Look for anxiety symptoms such as trouble sleeping, moodiness and inappropriate behavior.
- Check on your elderly friends and family.
- Take care of yourself.
- Remember to take a breath.
PHYSICIANS AND STAFF AT CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
Disclaimer: Although there are various opinions regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, Children’s Medical Center follows the guideline as outlined to us by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and state regulations.