During this time of anxiety and uncertainty with the novel Coronavirus, we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our families healthy. There is no higher priority to our Pediatric Associates Medical Group family than the safety of our patients and families. We are in close communication with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local government agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation. At this point, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
As always, we at Pediatric Associates Medical Group keep all of our surfaces clean. However, we have enhanced some of our cleaning procedures in the interest of the health and safety of our patients that go beyond the standard CDC guidelines. At this time we are scheduling well checks and non-infectious visits for the morning. In the afternoon we will evaluate children believed to be ill and do our best to stagger appointments so no one is sitting in the waiting room. Once you and your child are assigned an exam room, we ask that you keep the door closed until the end of the visit.
Due to the ongoing shortage of tests, the CDC is recommending testing only for patients who are hospitalized or will affect their management. These recommendations are changing daily.
We are also offering telemedicine appointments for visual diagnosis such as conjunctivitis, rashes, etc. Not all illnesses can be evaluated effectively through telemedicine so please call the office and we will decide which type of appointment is most appropriate.
Meanwhile keep your family healthy and help prevent the spread of viruses by washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available then use a hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol-base. Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into their arm or elbow, not their hands. Teach your children to avoid touching their face as well.
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