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 PCR testing at our clinic, and although the results may take a little longer they are the most accurate tests available.  There are at home, rapid tests (antigen tests) that you can use but they are generally less accurate.  If you do an at-home test and are symptomatic and get a negative result we recommend that you call to schedule a molecular test for confirmation; similarly, if you get a positive result you should get a molecular test for confirmation.  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 a telemedicine 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 by either a nasopharyngeal swab (NP swab) or nasal swab.  We offer COVID-19 testing Monday-Friday (specific information on testing will be discussed during the telemedicine visit).

If your child has been tested 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. 

If the test is positive, we recommend self-quarantining for 10 days. If you have symptoms, you should quarantine for 10-14 days or until symptom-free for 3 days and fever-free without medications for at least 24 hours. Do not go out into public, and try to maintain at least 6 feet from household members when possible. Be sure to cover cough, wash hands well and frequently, and wipe down surfaces regularly. 

Treat fever symptomatically with acetaminophen or ibuprofen (in children over age 6 months). We recommend making sure to take in plenty of fluids and watch for any signs of dehydration (decreased urine output, not wanting to drink, dry lips or lack of tears). Watch for signs of difficulty breathing including shortness of breath, increased work of breathing, chest pain, or blue discoloration (cyanosis) to the fingers or lips. If you have any of the above symptoms or worsening symptoms, please go immediately to the closest emergency room. If possible, please call on your way to alert them of your child's COVID-19 screening status. Please contact your child's school or daycare for their specific instructions on returning to in-person attendance.

 

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)