- Our physicians are in full support of the Covid-19 vaccine
- The vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness and death
- Please speak with your pediatrician if you have questions or concerns
We are currently evaluating the situation with COVID-19, and are following the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) guidance regarding COVID-19. Our commitment to providing a healthcare environment that is safe for our patients and staff remains first and foremost, so we will continue to monitor this virus, and it’s impact to our community.
To date, 90% of children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. It is important to note that, while the child may not exhibit severe illness, a child who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. The CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others (in particular, grandparents, and elderly relatives, and/or caregivers).
IMPORTANT: Call our office before coming in
- If you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 and
- Develops a fever and/or
- Develops the following symptoms: cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath
- If the symptoms are life-threatening, we may advise you to go straight to the Emergency Room.
- If you are certain you/your child has been exposed to COVID-19, and are experiencing mild symptoms, we recommend you stay at home and call the Alabama Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-1818
- This is an important strategy to help slow the rise of COVID-19 cases in our communities, so that our healthcare systems locally and nationally can cope with the number of people needing treatment.
- School/work/public event closures are attempts to limit transmission of the virus. It may seem extreme, but early, aggressive intervention through social distancing will help to reduce the number of transmissions, but will only work if we understand the importance and practice it!
- Have playdates, parties, sleepovers or friend gatherings
- Frequent restaurants, coffee shops, stores, etc.
- Visit playgrounds where the virus can live on equipment for up to nine days
- Visit others especially the elderly or people in nursing homes, hospitals, etc.
- Spend time with your immediate family
- Stay connected with extended family/friends via: phone, social media, video calls
- Play/exercise outside everyday if you can
- Read a book
- Try your best and remember this is TEMPORARY!
Our office has established the following protocol which will evolve as we learn more:
- We are offering TEXT check-in! You will be able to wait in your car until your doctor is ready to see you! Please text our office number at 334-794-8656 with you child’s name and date of birth after you are safely parked in our parking lot.
- We have been approved to offer telemedicine during this time. That means, if your child is sick, our doctors may be able to call you and conduct a patient visit over the phone. Please call us first.
- At this time, we will be limiting non-patient visitors to the office until further evaluation.
- The person(s) accompanying a child who is being seen as a patient should be limited to ONE parent/guardian for children 2 months of age or older. If possible, do not bring sibling(s) unless the sibling(s) will also be seen as a patient.
- We will only test patients who meet the CDC criteria for testing and will not be testing our patient population at large for COVID-19.
- Our doctors have been approved for telemedicine during this time.
- If your child is sick, one of OUR doctors may be able to conduct a patient visit with you over the phone.
- Please call us first to see if your child qualifies.
- This service is offered Monday-Friday from 8 am – 4 pm.