Pediatric Healthcare Update June 2020

Pediatric Healthcare Update

June 15, 2020

Greetings Pediatric Healthcare Families,

It’s time for our monthly update since the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. It has now been 3 months since we, as a community, began infection precaution measures to stop the spread of the virus and these efforts have dramatically curtailed infections of all types. At Pediatric Healthcare, we have not yet diagnosed any patients with COVID-19 (though we have tested some), and sick patient visits are still down by 90%. Illness, in general, is at a dramatic low in the community.

We want to remind you that throughout this period the CDC has continued to recommend that children be seen by their pediatricians for well visits, especially “newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age).”[i] Given that there is very little illness in the community, now is an ideal time to schedule your child’s regular check-up, sports physical, or pre-college physical for graduated high school seniors.

You are probably aware that we have modified our patient schedule during this outbreak by seeing only well children in the mornings and sick children in the afternoon. Since the need for well visits has now far exceeded the sick visits, we are now seeing some well children in the afternoon. This is still a safe setting since the few sick children who are seen do not wait in the waiting room, but are escorted to the exam room to limit exposure.

As usual, all individuals (adults and children) are screened at the front door before entering the building with a temperature check and a series of questions. Parents and children (over 2 years old) are asked to wear masks while inside the facility, per order of the City of Montgomery. Any patient suspicious for COVID-19 is isolated from others in the office by entering through a different door and examined in a special room under special conditions. Fortunately, we have not needed to use this procedure very often.

Thank you again for entrusting the care of your children to us. We will continue to monitor the situation, make changes accordingly, and keep you updated. Blessings to you and your family.

Doctors at Pediatric Healthcare

Updated: June 22, 2020

[i] CDC recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pediatric-hcp.html