COVID-19 Update

Dear Families,

Behind the scenes we have been taking steps to keep you, your family, our families & staff safe & healthy during this time. In addition to rigorous pre-screening to keep high-risk individuals out of the office, in office other measures include:

  • - Separating out our sick & well visits
  • - Implementing telehealth visits (when appropriate) by Monday, March 23rd
  • - Additional in office/exam room cleaning & disinfecting (removal of books & toys)
  • - Asking that you check in online before your visit from your own device
  • - If possible please only bring the child who is scheduled for an appointment & one parent/guardian
  • - Limit coming in to the office. If you need a form completed scan & email it to us at info@tricountypeds.com or fax it and we can get it back to you through your secure portal account

Remember, we all need to be diligent and purposeful in our actions as the steps we take directly impact everyone around us.

What can I do?

*Keep your scheduled well care appointments. Your children still need to get their physicals and vaccines that protect them from other illnesses.

*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. Make sure your children know to do the same.

*Keep your kids away from others who are sick or keep them home if they are ill (be especially mindful of this if you have elderly parents/grandparents).

*Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use) or to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands. Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.

*Clean and disinfect your home as usual (paying attention to common touch areas) using regular household disinfectant cleaning sprays or wipes.

*Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.

*Check on your elderly neighbors, family & friends. This population is most at risk for complications from coronavirus.

Be patient, kind, flexible and do not panic as we are all doing the best we can as the situation changes. Watch for signs of anxiety in your children & remember they respond to our stress. Take media breaks (monitor their media consumption, as it can be frightening), play games, read to them & try to stick to/find a new routine/schedule while school is out. Remember to reassure them that Doctors & Researchers all over the world are learning quickly & working hard to keep us all healthy.

Here are 2 websites we like with accurate up-to-date information CDC.gov and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Coronavirus testing is not being done in our offices and there are very specific guidelines on who will be tested at outpatient centers. We'll get through this together and remember to call us first if you have any questions as we are here for you not only for medical care, but as a reliable source of accurate information.

Kind Regards,
The Doctors and Staff at Tri-County Pediatrics

"It's a different time right now. What I'm really struck by, is for the first time ever, how I behave can dramatically affect your health and how you behave can dramatically affect my health."

- CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta

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