Office Update 03/16/2020 Corona Virus
COVID 19 has most certainly impacted our activities of daily living. This pandemic has closed our schools, cancelled our sporting events and limited social gatherings. From a medical standpoint, symptoms of infection can range from mild respiratory symptoms to high fever and respiratory distress. Our family members over the age of 60, those with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems seem to be the most vulnerable. We have learned new phrases — “SOCIAL DISTANCING” and “SELF QUARANTINE”. Anxiousness, frustration, worry, and fear are emotions that are running high at this time.
At ABC Pediatrics, our approach to this pandemic has been thoughtfully considered based on recommendations from local, state and federal agencies. We believe that our efforts will help protect our patients, our patients’ families, our staff and our staff’s families from this very serious and contagious virus.
- At this time, ALL persons seeking entrance to our building will be screened at the entrance utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines by our medical personnel. Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to return to their vehicles while paperwork is prepared. When their provider is ready to see them, a staff member will call the patient/parent/guardian and escort them directly to our triage area and then directly to their exam room. THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.
- Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process as outlined by CDC guidelines for COVID-19 WILL NOT be permitted inside our building. Those patients not passing screening will have our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be seen INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.
- Efforts are underway to personally reach out to all patients with scheduled recheck and well appointments. WE are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside our facility. None-the-less, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED that well patients risk exposure by coming to our office. ABC Pediatrics’ Provider/Nurse teams will be conducting personal phone calls in lieu of face to face visits for rechecks, medication management and mental health care.
You have demonstrated your trust and confidence in our healthcare team for over 25 years. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, much thought and consideration have gone into our strategy so that we can CONTINUE to deliver the highest level of healthcare to you and your loved ones during these most unprecedented times. We ask for your patience, support, and continued trust. We will keep you updated on our status and notify you of any new modifications on a daily basis as we will continue to adjust our efforts to meet the needs as they are presented to us. We are a well-tuned healthcare deliver team and WE WILL SEE EACH AND EVERYONE of our patients through this pandemic.
DON’T forget: UTILIZE FREQUENT HAND-WASHING, SNEEZE or COUGH into the crease of your arm, and AVOID going out into the public as much as possible for the near future.
Thank you for the trust and confidence that you have placed in us. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and would ask you to do the same for us.