On this page, you will find our office guidelines regarding Covid-19 as well as info on how to schedule your child for a Covid vaccine.
COVID - 19 Office Guideline
- One parent allowed to accompany the child to the visit. (With exception of newborn visits)
- Patients 18 + will need to be seen alone by the provider.
- Everyone over 2 years of age MUST wear a mask to enter the office and throughout the visit. Masks with exhalation valves and gaiters are not permitted for use in the office. Please wear a surgical or cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth.
If your child or the adult bringing your child to the appointment has any sick symptoms, has had exposure to someone with coronavirus, or is waiting for a COVID test result then please call the office to reschedule the checkup.
We have recently seen an increase in COVID activity in our area. Due to the high volume of calls related to this, we wrote out a clear recommendation for various scenarios based on current CDC guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: This is just a guideline. If you feel that your child needs testing or you have further medical questions regarding your child, the child will need to be assessed by a provider before tests can be ordered. Please call the office to determine if we need to schedule telehealth or in-person visit.
If none of these example situations are applicable, please call or send a portal message and speak with our team.
If you are COVID POSITIVE:
- Need to quarantine at home and try to isolate from family members UNTIL:
- 10 days from onset of symptoms AND
- 24 hours fever free AND
- Symptoms improving.
- Check temperature daily and monitor symptoms closely. Call us if symptoms are worsening.
- Everyone in the family is then considered "EXPOSED TO COVID POSITIVE" and must start their quarantine for 14 days from the last day they had full contact with a positive family member, (meaning more than 15 minutes within 6 feet distance). See below.
If you were exposed to someone that has tested COVID POSITIVE (with no protection-mask/eyewear) = HIGH RISK
- You should quarantine at home for 14 days, AND wear a mask at home to protect family.
- Closely monitor for symptoms, and check daily temps.
- You should be tested if you develop *symptoms or fever.
- If you want a test with no symptoms, it is best to wait for 10 days after exposure to limit a false negative.
- A NEGATIVE TEST DOES NOT SHORTEN YOUR QUARANTINE. You must still stay home for 14 days.
*SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of sense of smell or taste, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you were exposed to someone that has tested COVID positive with full protection (eye gear, mask, and limited contact) = LOWER RISK. (ex: a doctor performing a test)
- You should continue to closely monitor for symptoms and continue to wear protective equipment and a mask.
- If you develop symptoms, you should be tested and start quarantine.
If you were exposed to someone that "possibly" was exposed to COVID and is awaiting testing:
- You need to ASSUME you were exposed to someone positive and quarantine at home pending those results until you know that that person tested negative.
- If negative, then you can return to practice social distance and wearing masks as recommended to the general public. If positive, see above.
If you develop COVID symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, etc) with NO known exposure:
- You should contact the office and request an evaluation by one of our doctors.
- Depending on your child's symptoms, your provider may recommend that a Covid-19 test or another test be performed.
Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.
FOR MORE SCENARIOS AND EXAMPLES ON WHO SHOULD BE TESTED, WHEN TO TEST, AND HOW LONG TO QUARANTINE, CHECK OUT DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CDC WEBSITE HERE.
COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING INFO FOR 16 & 17 yr olds
We currently do not offer the Covid-19 vaccine in our office. There are several places where you can take your child to get vaccinated. Please note it may take several attempts to find a vaccine appointment and only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 16 and 17. Once more testing for younger children become available we will post info. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their vaccine appointment.
Here are the links where vaccines are offered.
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