COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Washington state, we want to ensure you have the most up-to-date information possible.  There are two main types of tests to detect COVID-19 infection, molecular (PCR) and antigen testing.  We offer both PCR and rapid antigen testing at our clinic.   We recommend that if your at-home test is positive please report the result to the Washington State hotline at 1-800-525-0127 (Monday 6AM-10PM and Tuesday - Sunday (6AM to 6PM).

If you are concerned that your child may have or been exposed to COVID-19 we recommend that you call our office to schedule an appointment.  Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

If your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we may recommend that you have him/her tested for COVID-19.   We offer COVID-19 testing Monday-Friday. 

If you child has had a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 at our office results will be complete in as little as 15 minutes.

If your child has had a PCR test for COVID-19 at our office, we will call you with the results as soon as we have them, usually within 2-3 days. Your child and household members should self-quarantine until we have results. 

Who does not need to quarantine?

If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.

  • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.

  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (meaning you tested positive using a viral test).

If you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, you should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people. If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and isolate from other people.

CDC Quarantine Guidelines:

  • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.

  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.

  • If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

    • If you test negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

    • If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). 

    • If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.

    • Avoid people who are have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, as well as others outside your home throughout the full 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • If you are unable to quarantine, you should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days when around others at home and in public.

  • If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

The following websites have up-to-date COVID-19 information essential for your family

EUA Vaccine Safety Information for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in 5-11 year olds

EUA Vaccine Safety information for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for ages 12 and up

V-safe Enrollment Instructions

COVID-19 HealthyChildren.org- parent friendly website to answer all your questions on COVID-19 and vaccination https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

CDC- comprehensive overview on symptoms, when to get tested and quarantine information available at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

Washington Department of Health- useful resource for your family including information on pregnancy and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic available at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/ResourcesandRecommendations#family

Washington State Medical Association- resources and information for you and your family may be found at https://wsma.org/WSMA/Resources/COVID-19/COVID-19_Patient_Education/COVID_19_Patient_Education.aspx

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wear a mask when you are out of your home in public areas or businesses

  • Get you and your family members vaccinated (aged 5 and older)