Coronavirus Update

November 2020

Now is the time to be diligent.  Please continue to wear your masks, practice social distancing and wash your hands.  It has been such a long year but now is the time to dig deep and hang in there.  We will get through this together.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are struggling physically, emotionally or with basic needs.  We are here to help during these difficult times.

A few reminders:

All patients 2 years of age and older and their family members need to wear a mask in our office.

Please postpone any physical / well-care appointments for 14 days if anyone in your family is ill.  We will also be calling families to ask pre-screening questions to ensure we all stay safe.

We are seeing sick patients in our office at the end of the day.  Please call for an appointment to be seen.  When you arrive for your sick appointment, please park in one of the designated parking spots identified by the signs with numbers on them.  These are located on the south side of the building (side with the food truck).  Please call the phone number listed on the sign and let our staff know what number parking spot you are in.  Our staff will then come out to wave you in either with a paper with the identifying number, or just by waving their hand to let you know we are ready for you!   Please note that this “system” is only for sick appointments scheduled after 2:30 p.m.  We hope this helps make your appointment a smooth one for you and a safe one for all of us during this unprecedented time. 

Although supplies are often limited, we are testing for Coronavirus in our office with the more accurate, PCR test.  The swab is from the nostril but does not need to be pushed high into the nose and is well tolerated by children.  Results from Quest Lab are available in 3-5 days. 

For children with fever, sore throat, cough and other symptoms that may suggest Coronavirus infection (but are more likely other common viral infections) we are testing to help children return to daycare or school safely when they feel well. 

We are recommending that all patients > 2 years old supplement with Vitamin D 1000 IU daily now through April 1, 2021 as there is evidence this may protect against infection with Coronavirus.  This is an average total daily dose.  If you are already giving a multivitamin to your children, check to see how much Vitamin D it contains.  Give an additional amount if needed to achieve a total of 1000 IU per day.

Thank you for your trust and partnership during this challenging time in the world.