Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The Child and Adolescent Clinic remains open and ready to serve!!  We appreciate the increased concerns as a result of the most recent changes in social distancing and closures.  We have made a few adjustments to our patient flow and would like to keep you up to date.

We will be seeing well patients in the mornings, and ill patients in the afternoons.  Well patients will include well child exams, medication checks, musculoskeletal issues, and similar well issues, and we will schedule these visits between 8:30 and noon. 

Due to physical differences in how patients enter the clinic, our Salmon Creek office has more specifically modified well child exam scheduling to include only those patients 2 years old and under, plus 4 and 11 year olds.  These are vaccines visits, and many of the routine vaccines protect your lung health and immunity.  Please contact us if you feel your child is behind on vaccines and we will guide you for next steps.

Our ill patients will be seen in the afternoon starting at 1:30pm.  Patients with respiratory symptoms will be asked to enter through alternate doors, or even asked to wait in their vehicles to minimize transient exposure. Non-respiratory illness will be seen during the afternoon also.

As a reminder, the staff and providers may be dressed in gowns and masks and that may be frightening to some people. Please understand this is our best defense against spreading all viral infections and we are doing our best to keep you safe.

Until the next update!!
Your pediatricians

 

March 3, 2020

You are likely hearing a lot about the new coronavirus referred to as COVID-19. We recognize that this information can be confusing and sometimes frightening.  Your team at the Child and Adolescent Clinic wants to assure you that the health and welfare of our patients and our community is our top priority.  We are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) and will keep you updated of the changes as they occur.

People who get the new COVID-19 typically develop symptoms of a common cold, like cough and fever.  There is currently no vaccine and no medicine to directly treat this virus, so as with most respiratory illnesses, we recommend staying at home and managing these symptoms with rest, fluids, and fever management. Currently, most children have shown less severe symptoms, but we recommend that sick children avoid contact with older adults, and those that have weak immune systems.

We will continue to see our patients as usual, but when you call for an appointment you may be asked some specific screening questions regarding your child’s symptoms and exposures. You may be offered “home care” recommendations for children who may not require a clinic visit.  There are many questions surrounding testing for this new COVID-19 virus and we will be making those determinations based on the illness criteria set out by the CDC and WA DOH.

If you come to the clinic during this time you may notice some changes.  Some of the staff may wear masks or gowns as a measure to protect themselves and their patients.  Patients or parents with respiratory symptoms like cough and congestion may be asked to wear a mask when they enter the clinic, or may even be asked to enter the clinic through a different door, to minimize exposure to others.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but there are a few things you can do to keep your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based.
  • Keep your children away from others who are sick and keep them home if they are ill.
  • Teach children to cough and sneeze into a tissue (and make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands.
  • Clean and disinfect your home as usual using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.
  • Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.
  • Avoid travel to highly infected area

This is an ever-changing situation and we will update our information as it comes available.  We are privileged to take care of your child and family, and will continue to work together during this healthcare crisis.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Stay current with reliable information about Coronavirus:

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

From the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Fabout%2Fprevention.html