We Are Open and Here for You!
Our clinic and telemedicine practice are open to safely deliver care. We are requiring a face mask to be worn and ask that only one family member accompany your child to their appointment.
Please call us if you are concerned that your child is exposed and showing symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to keep your child at home and not to infect others.
What is COVID-19 infection and what do I look for ?
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has been spreading globally. Usual symptoms of coronavirus are runny nose, cough, fever and congestion. Some children may experience headaches and diarrhea.
From information so far, children seem to fight the illness better than adults.
How can I protect my child from getting infected?
We would emphasize on following routine measures to help children be germ free:
- Encourage your child to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with alcohol content > 60 %
- Encourage coughing/sneezing into the sleeve or tissue
- Avoiding crowded areas such as stores, parks, malls, playing outdoors
- Do not have children congregating with their friends in the house
- When they do play outdoors, keeping a few feet away from the others is also a good idea
How do I take care of my child, if I suspect COVID-19 infection ?
We are concerned about the well-being of your child and your family. Please call us with questions or concerns and we can guide you with appropriate advice. If you are concerned that your child is exposed to COVID-19 and having symptoms, please call the office at 503-981-5348. It is important for your child to stay at home, so as not to infect others. Treat your child symptomatically with acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fevers. Keep your child hydrated with healthy fluids such as water, Pedialyte etc. DO NOT use cough syrups.
If having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, please call the office immediately at 503-981-5348.
How is the clinic preparing during this time?
We are taking extra precautions in the clinic such as screening all patients with symptoms of fever and coughing, giving appropriate advice to families, on how to take care of these symptoms. We are rescheduling all well child visits and regular physical exams at this time to prevent spread of infection.
We are using masks for patients and family with symptoms of coughing. We are encouraging the family to stay in the car, until we have the room prepared for them. Once the room is ready, the family will be taken directly into the room and door closed to prevent spread of infection.
We are taking extra sanitizing precautions for rooms, door knobs, sink faucets etc. We removed all toys, books, information guides from our shelves to minimize contamination. All healthcare personnel will be wearing masks, protective gear when examining ill patients. If our staff has illness, they are advised to stay at home until they recover.
Testing for COVID-19 is only available through Oregon State Health Laboratory and needs to meet certain criteria. Because there is no vaccine for COVID-19, the only way to prevent illness is by avoiding exposure.
Health care professionals are advising people to practice social distancing, not to be in groups of over 10 individuals and to avoid unnecessary trips to stores, public places etc.
All public libraries, schools and universities are closed for now, until further notice.
It is important to reduce the number of trips outside the house, a quick walk in the neighborhood is okay, as long as you are keeping a safe distance from others. Restaurants and eateries are advised to provide only deliveries and take outs at this time. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic at this time; travel abroad is not recommended.
For more updates on COVID-19
General information: Call 211