Covid-19 Pandemic

Changes to our policies and procedures:

  • Masks are required for ALL patients and caregivers older than 2 years old regardless of vaccination status
  • Patients and caregivers must maintain physical distance from each other in the waiting room and public spaces of the office
  • Sick children with possibly infectious illnesses will be seen in the latter half of the day in both offices – our office will let you know our procedure in preparation for your visit
  • If you feel more comfortable waiting in your car before your appointment instead of in our waiting room, please let our front desk staff know and we will gladly accommodate your request
  • If you or your child are Covid-19 positive or suspected Covid-19 positive, please let us know and we will provide you with instructions on our safety procedures before your appointment and schedule your child appropriately
  • If you or your child are on quarantine and have a scheduled well child check appointment, please call us to reschedule to an appropriate time
  • Screening temperatures of the patient and their caregiver may be taken before the visit – if elevated, you may be asked to return at a later time

*We are conducting telehealth visits for certain consults and urgent complaints on a case by case basis – please ask if this service is available for your child’s issue and check with your insurance company to see if this service is covered.



What to do if exposed, symptomatic or infected :


Symptom Triage:

POSITIVE CLOSE CONTACT

  • Remain in isolation for 7 days symptom free AND a negative Covid test 5-7 days after exposure
  • Remain in isolation for 10 days symptom free


Indications for monoclonal antibody infusion as an outpatient:

  • Age 12 – 17 y/o and:
  • BMI ≥85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Congenital or acquired heart disease
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorder (e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy)
  • Medical-related technological dependence (e.g. trach, g-tube dependence, shunt dependence, chronic infusion dependence)
  • Asthma/Reactive Airway Disease/Chronic Respiratory Disease Requiring daily medication for control

Timeline of viral particles, testing positivity, antibody formation:


Schools & Daycares:


At risk populations & Activity Risk Calculator:

  • Age > 65
  • Immunocompromised (on chemotherapy, history of organ transplant, HIV, etc.)
  • Severe asthma
  • COPD
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Pregnant women and newborns

Local Health Department Links:


Covid-19 Resources & Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

https://www.peninsula.org/covid-19-coronavirus-19

https://www.aappublications.org/cc/covid-19


Covid-19 Vaccinations:


COVID-19: An Illustrated Scientific Summary: