Pediatric Healthcare Update September 2020

Greetings again from Pediatric Healthcare.

It’s been five months since the pandemic lock down occurred and life is very different these days. We are so thankful that our office has been spared the onslaught of Coronavirus and has remained open throughout this difficult time. We have seen only two patients (teenagers) with Coronavirus and each had a mild course of illness.

We are pleased to see schools reopening and children attending in person. After months of community isolation, it seems very reasonable to begin a return to normal while taking appropriate precautions, such as wearing face coverings and social distancing.

By most indicators, the incidence of COVID-19 is declining locally. New daily cases in the state of Alabama are trending downward for the first time in months. A decline in hospitalizations seems to indicate that we may be turning a corner on the spread of COVID-19. This is great news.

With the incidence of COVID-19 on the decline in our community and our state, we have decided to return to a nearly normal schedule. While most well child visits will continue to be in the morning, some will be scheduled in the afternoon as well. Likewise, we will begin seeing some sick children in the morning hours. Well and sick children will continue to be separated by allowing well children to wait in the waiting room, but requesting that sick children remain in the car until called back to an exam room. Screening at the door will continue with questions asked and temperatures taken. If you or your child becomes ill on the day of a check-up visit, please notify the front desk when you arrive and remain in your car until called. We want to avoid having any sick people sitting in our waiting room.

We are grateful for the faith you have placed in us with the care of your children. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community and respond accordingly. Blessings to you and your family.

Doctors at Pediatric Healthcare

September 1, 2020