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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-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?

1. We have dedicated our Alpharetta office to well and non infectious sick visits; i.e.. injuries, rashes, etc.

2. At our Crabapple and Cumming locations we are doing well visits in the mornings and sick visits in the afternoons

3. We are cleaning each room between visits.

4. Our phone triage staff are screening each call extensively.  We follow CDC guidelines to provide guidance, instructions, and recommendations for visits.

5. We are scheduling virtual office visits for a number of consults and other concerns.

6. We are spacing out scheduled in-office appointments to maintain proper social distancing.

 

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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