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To best serve our patients and community, we continue monitoring the CDC guidelines and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
We are offering virtual office visits as well as in-office visits for well child checkups, vaccines and other needed services.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

COVID This Week 1/18/21

Our goal at Roswell Pediatric Center is to provide you the most current and important on COVID-19: 

THE STATS (CDC AND GPH)
data as of Friday, January15th
 

Positive Case % at Roswell Pediatric Center
January 2021
Fulton 21% |  Forsyth 29%  |  Cherokee 40%  |   Hall 17%

December 2020
Fulton 13%  |  Forsyth 15%  |  Cherokee 14%  |   Gwinnett 15%  |  Hall 20%  |  Dawson 1%
 

Positive cases in GEORGIA
FULTON- 59,767 |   FORSYTH- 11,755  |  CHEROKEE-15,439  |  COBB-44,017  |  GWINNETT- 62,014

Georgia Positive Cases: 660,720     Georgia Deaths: 10,721

 

WE ARE GETTING VACCINATED.  HOW ABOUT YOU?

Most of our practitioners and staff have already received one or both doses of the COVID vaccine.  We expect vaccinations to be completed in the near future.  We realize that it is important to protect ourselves, our families, our office, and YOU.  We hope that you will do the same.
 

FAST FACTS ABOUT PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES

  • The FDA has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for use in the U.S. - the Pfizer vaccine, given as two doses three weeks apart, and the Moderna vaccine, given as two doses four weeks apart.  Other COVID-19 vaccine candidates are still in development.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA), a piece of genetic information, to enter cells and then instruct those cells to create a protein that will trigger an immune response to a protein on coronavirus.  This will prime your immune system to protect your body from a future COVID-19 infection.
  • Both vaccines have passed strict safety reviews and have been shown to be very effective (Pfizer 95%, Moderna 94%). 
  • Vaccination is still recommended for those with prior COVID-19 infection.  We are still learning how long a person remains immune after infection or vaccination.
  • At this time, vaccinations are not available to those under 16 years old (Pfizer 16+ years old and Moderna 18+ years old).  Vaccine trials are needed to determine dosing and safety in children.
  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do not contain live virus and are thought to be safe during breastfeeding.



HOW DOES A SAFE COVID-19 VACCINE GET DEVELOPED?

Check out this video, “I’m a Vaccine,” created by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and based on the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon video.
 
 

WE DO COVID TESTING!

If you think your child has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone who is COVID+, call our office.  We will connect you to one of our triage staff, schedule a telemedicine appointment if necessary, and then order a COVID test where appropriate.  PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO OUR OFFICE. 
We do not perform antibody testing or COVID testing for return to sports or school. 

 

1,2,3 TO STAY COVID-FREE!

1. Wear your face mask, covering your nose and mouth.

2. Wash your hands often, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

3. Keep your distance, at least 6 feet, when socializing.

 

How RPC is preventing the spread of COVID-19!

  • Our staff and providers undergo temperature checks and screening for symptoms every day.
  • We follow CDC recommendations for masking, handwashing, social distancing and PPE equipment when caring for patients both in our office and during drive-by testing.
  • Most of our providers and staff have already received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We expect to complete this process in the near future.
  • We provide separate office hours for well visits and sick visits in our offices. We schedule contagious sick visits after other appointments to prevent the spread of germs.
  • In-office appointments are spaced out to maintain social distancing.
  • We offer a convenient online pre-check process before all appointments.
  • When patients arrive for appointments, we notify them via text when a room is available. We provide car-to-exam room service to bypass our waiting rooms.
  • We diligently clean each room between visits.
  • Our phone triage staff screen all calls extensively for COVID symptoms and exposures.  We follow CDC guidelines to provide best practices in guidance, instruction, and recommendations for visits.
  • We provide TELEMEDICINE office visits for COVID exposure and/or symptoms, a number of consults, and some other concerns.
  • We offer COVID-19 testing for our patients per CDC guidelines and offer scheduled COVID testing in our parking lots to keep at-risk patients out of our office.
  • Providers notify families of COVID-19 test results from our office seven days a week.
  • We provide regular updates on COVID-19 through our websiteFacebook and Instagram.

 

 

COVID Update Dec. 2020 - Exposure + Quarantine

COVID-19: Did you know?: True exposure to COVID-19 means a person spent more than 15 minutes over a 24 hour period within 6 feet of an infected person with or without a mask. If your child has had true exposure, please call our office for guidance as COVID recommendations are constantly changing.

COVID-19: Have you heard?:Although the CDC still recommends a 14 day quarantine period for COVID exposed people WITHOUT symptoms, the CDC has presented two new quarantine options. These new options are available to help increase compliance with quarantining in order to help decrease the spread of the virus.

Option 1: an exposed person WITHOUT symptoms may quarantine for only 10 days after the last known exposure, instead of 14 days. With this option, there is still a 1-10% transmission rate, and the exposed person must wear a mask in public until 14 days after exposure, be diligent with hand washing, and practice social distancing.

Option 2: an exposed person WITHOUT symptoms who has a negative COVID PCR test at least 5 days or more after exposure may shorten their quarantine to 7 days, instead of 14. With this option, there is still a 5-12% transmission rate, and the exposed person must wear a mask in public until 14 days after exposure, be diligent with hand washing, and practice social distancing.

If an exposed person develops any symptoms at any time during the quarantine period, they should call the office to discuss possible changes to the above plan.

Currently at RPC we are seeing 10-11% positivity rate for COVID testing. This is a dramatic increase from 5% and parallels what is being reported in the community. Given the increase of COVID-19 in the community, quarantining for 14 days is likely best for most. 


COVID During the Holidays

Happy Holidays from our Roswell Pediatrics Family to Yours

While we have all grown somewhat weary of Covid 19 restrictions and warnings , we feel we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to restate them now at the Holiday Season.

All year long we have all been reinventing ways to work, gather and share. We MUST do the same during this Season that is traditionally busy with large gatherings of family and friends. Find new, safe, socially distant ways to celebrate the Holidays.

While we are getting better at treating the virus, the sheer number of cases is overwhelming our hospitals and EMS systems. The number of Covid 19 cases in GA and across the country is rising and is expected to continue to rise over the winter months.

To be completely transparent:

in October RPC followed 310 patient Covid tests. 18 were positive, so 5.8% in  November we followed 155 tests and 17 were positive, so 10.9 %

(These numbers are consistent with the trend being seen in our state ) Until we can vaccinate the majority of the country, the virus will continue to steal our medical and economic resources and lives will continue to be lost.

So why are we telling you this now? We want you to know that we are monitoring our community closely. We understand the frustration that comes with constant changes in our knowledge of this horrible virus. We appreciate your patience in being on the learning curve with us. Mostly though, we care about your well being and that of your families. More than anything, we want ALL of us to be able to enjoy our next year’s big holiday season with ALL of our family and friends in a Happy and Healthy New Year.

As for the vaccines, we have great confidence in the the science behind them and in their safety. ( Two of our physicians and their spouses entered into the Pfizer and Moderna studies months ago and no one had any adverse reaction. You can ask Dr Silverman and Dr Blackington about their experiences when you see them). We will be following closely the recommendations of the CDC and AAP for future vaccine guidelines and will keep you posted.

Having said all of this here it is (AGAIN)

PLEASE REMAIN DILIGENT. Wear your masks, stay 6 ft apart whenever possible and wash your hands often.

Be as smart as we know you are and as safe as we know you can be and have a very Happy Holiday Season. 

 


Thanksgiving

As you make your Thanksgiving plans, remember that you can spread COVID-19 before you have any symptoms. Use precautions when you're around loved ones! Visit this link for tips on how to minimize the risk of exposure.

 


Covid-19 Testing Now Available

If you think your child might be infected, please call the office to discuss with our triage staff.  Our triage staff will help determine if an office visit or telemedicine visit would be appropriate and then the provider will discuss if there is a need for testing. 

There are 2 primary types of tests for active infection right now: A rapid, antigen test and a molecular PCR test. As the PCR test is far more accurate this is the test that we will be doing for now. Antigen (rapid) tests are not recommended for routine clinical care, although rapid tests may have utility for population-based surveillance.

The test will be done as a nasal swab and sent to the lab for analysis. Turnaround time right now is about 48 hours but might be longer if demand rises. For now, most insurances seem to be covering this test.

As we are entering into the Fall season and more public openings, there will inevitably be more illness in our communities. Unfortunately, Covid-19 symptoms are, initially, very similar to many of these seasonal and more common, benign illnesses. While we are still learning many new details about this virus weekly, we do know that QUARANTINING those that are infected, and their households is crucial in minimizing the spread of this infection!

Please continue to protect one another by wearing your masks and washing hands.  For those of you who have children in person school, please ensure/demand that your children and their classmates are wearing masks.  This gives them the best chance to remain at school given to prevalence of disease in our community.

Stay Healthy and Safe.
 


Helpful Links

Is is safe to send my child to daycare during COVID-19?

Return to school during COVID-19

How to help children build resilience in uncertain times.

Mask Myth busters: 5 common misconceptions about kids and cloth face coverings 


Mental Health and Behavioral Changes!
 

Signs your teen may need more support


How to make a mask!
Click here for helpful tips on how to make your own mask. They provide options for both sew and no-sew face masks as well as how to care for them.

  • Masks are required! Everyone that enters our office needs to be wearing a mask the entire time of the visit. If you do not have a mask please use a homemade or purchased cloth face coverings with multiple layers of fabric.  Pleated face coverings with elastic are likely to work best for kids.  For a child, especially a small child, the right fit is important.  Adult face coverings are usually 6x12 inches, and even a child-sized 5x10 inch covering may be too large for small children.  Try to find the right size for your child's face and be sure to adjust if for a secure fit.  For further information on children's face mask recommendations, please visit healthychildren.org and search COVID-19.

    Continued information from the CDC and other public health authorities confirms that the transmission of COVID-19 is greatly reduced by people wearing masks whenever they are around others.  Our office policy mandates the use of masks for all staff, patients and visitors to our office.  It has recently come to light that certain face coverings do not provide adequate protection from transmission of COVID-19.  Neck gaitors (stretchy wraps worn around the neck and pulled up over the face), bandanas and masks with valves are not providing adequate protection against the spread of the virus.  Accordingly, our office will no longer allow these type of masks to be worn in our office.  If you present to our office with a mask of this type, an appropriate mask will be provided to you.  All children ages 2 and above are asked to wear an appropriate mask when in our office.
  • One Parent! We ask that only one parent accompany the child being seen whenever possible.  Please make arrangements to leave other children at home.
     
  • Pre-check! We encourage everyone to complete the precheck survey you will receive via email or text prior to your visit. This will minimize your exposure to our in-office Phreesia tablets.

     

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that belongs to the Coronavirus family, a group of viruses often associated with the common cold. In December of 2019 a novel coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China. It has since spread throughout China and to other countries around the world, including the United States. The status of COVID-19 continues to evolve. For the most current information please refer to cdc.gov.

It is thought that COVID-19 spreads:

  • Person to person (those in close contact less than 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets (from coughing, sneezing or talking)
  • Inhaling droplets into the mouth or nose into the lungs
  • Possibly by people without symptoms

Here is a great video for kids to watch as your family discusses the outbreak from Brain Pop.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Repeated shaking with chills

 

When to see your doctor or nurse practitioner?

If your child is in respiratory distress, call 911 or take them to the closest emergency room.

If your child has a fever and/or cough, please use the CHOA ASSESSMENT TOOL to guide you in managing your child.  As always, our triage staff and providers are here to answer your questions or concerns @ 770-751-0800.

 

How do we prevent from getting COVID-19?

1. COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE

2. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, AT LEAST 6 FEET

3. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE

4. STAY HOME 

5. WASH YOUR HANDS Here is a great video to show your kids on proper hand washing.

 

What is RPC doing specifically to prevent spread?

  • Our staff and providers undergo temperature checks and screening for symptoms every day.
  • We follow CDC recommendations for masking, handwashing, social distancing and PPE equipment when caring for patients both in our office and during drive-by testing.
  • Most of our providers and staff have already received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We expect to complete this process in the near future.
  • We provide separate office hours for well visits and sick visits in our offices. We schedule contagious sick visits after other appointments to prevent the spread of germs.
  • In-office appointments are spaced out to maintain social distancing.
  • We offer a convenient online pre-check process before all appointments.
  • When patients arrive for appointments, we notify them via text when a room is available. We provide car-to-exam room service to bypass our waiting rooms.
  • We diligently clean each room between visits.
  • Our phone triage staff screen all calls extensively for COVID symptoms and exposures.  We follow CDC guidelines to provide best practices in guidance, instruction, and recommendations for visits.
  • We provide TELEMEDICINE office visits for COVID exposure and/or symptoms, a number of consults, and some other concerns.
  • We offer COVID-19 testing for our patients per CDC guidelines and offer scheduled COVID testing in our parking lots to keep at-risk patients out of our office.
  • Providers notify families of COVID-19 test results from our office seven days a week.
  • We provide regular updates on COVID-19 through our websiteFacebook and Instagram.

 

Why should you continue to come to the office for well visits?

During the Covid-19 outbreak, it is important that children stay up-to-date on vaccinations in order to protect them from other serious infections or outbreaks. We recommend scheduling well visits for children up to two years old, 4/5 years old and 11/12 years old. We also recommend that new patients get a well visit to make sure their vaccine status is current. Call our office today to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines. 

 

How can you help us help you?

1.Give as much information as possible to our triage staff to help them assign you the right appointment for your child’s needs.

2. Everyone 2 years and older (and parent) should wear a mask for your appointment.

3. Please limit one parent in the office with your child for their appointment. 


Talking to your children about COVID-19

This is a great video from PBS that explains COVID-19 to younger children. 

Resources

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Georgia Department of Public Health
AAP - Healthy Children

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