Coronavirus Update 3-13-20

By editor
March 13, 2020

In order to manage the potential spread of infection, and accommodate the ongoing needs of our patients, we are organizing appointments differently for the next couple of months.

If you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 and develops a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call our office.

Appointments

We are scheduling non-acute visits (annual WC visits, med-checks, follow-ups, ADHD)  in the morning and early afternoon.

Suspected COVID-19 appointments will be scheduled for 5pm or later.  This will allow us to minimize staff and patient exposure and effectively disinfect rooms.  We will ask you to remain in your car until our staff is ready for your child.  You will be asked to come in the building from the side entrance and be shown directly to an exam room.  Please make your child aware, and don’t be afraid if, our staff is wearing masks!

Non-acute visits may be rescheduled if the community has a significant outbreak and sick children need to be seen.

Testing

Monroe County doctor’s offices cannot test for COVID-19.

We will test for the flu, to rule out flu diagnosis, as the flu symptoms can be similar to COVID-19.

Do not go to the ED expecting to be tested – they will not.

Testing at Walmart, CVS, and other retail outlets is not available at this time but may become in the near future, we will post updates to this page.

Minimize the Spread!

  • Stay home – except for medical care
  • Avoid public areas
  • Avoid large group social gatherings
  • Avoid public transportation

Other changes:

  • We have removed the waiting room toys, books, and magazines
  • We have additional cleaning procedures for each sick visit
  • Suspected COVID-19 patients will enter the building away from the waiting room

Informational Resources

What You Should Know - CDC web information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Monroe County Health Dept. Coronavirus information:

https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-coronavirus

Steps to prevent illness:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

Get your household ready:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

Household checklist:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/checklist-household-ready.html

Cleaning and disinfecting:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

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