As the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is impacting the United States, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the virus. At JDC Pediatrics, we are responding to this rapidly evolving situation proactively. We feel it is important to share with you the steps we are taking to help keep you, your family, and our staff members healthy and safe.
In an abundance of caution, and following the CDC recommendations
, JDC Pediatrics asks that, when visiting our office, all of our patients age 2 and older and any accompanying caregivers wear a cloth face covering. We ask that only one person accompany patients 6 weeks of age and older.
All patients and accompanying caregivers will be screened and their temperatures taken before entering our office.
Due to the anticipated influenza season and increased need to accommodate sick appointments, our Camp Hill location will only see acute sick patients Monday through Friday. We will continue to see well visits, immunizations, and non-urgent visits at our Enola office during select office hours. During regular office hours, sick patients will continue to be seen at our Camp Hill office. We will be able to accommodate other sick patients at the end of the day and weekends in our Enola office.
All staff at both offices will wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks and gloves. We clean each room between patients. Please keep your child's well visit appointment (if the child is feeling well) so that we can keep our community healthy and safe. We confirm well visits in advance, and remind parents to call us and cancel if there are any signs of illness in the parent or child, or known COVID-19 exposure.
We continue to care for children who have chronic conditions and sick children, finding the most appropriate option to provide care, including telehealth (video), parking lot/car visits, and in-office sick visits.
If your child is exhibiting signs of stress or anxiety that concern you, or you are concerned with your child’s overall mental well-being, you can call our office to schedule a telehealth visit with one of our physicians. Understandably, families are feeling significant stress in response to an ever-changing crisis—all of this will impact children’s health and well being, now and in the future.
Currently, children without underlying chronic conditions do not appear to be at high risk for COVID-19, and the illness seems to be milder in children than adults. But, while most children may be unlikely to have adverse health effects from the illness, COVID-19’s overall impact on children’s health outcomes will likely be far-reaching.
If your child is sick---but not experiencing a life-threatening event---please call us first before going to any urgent care or the emergency room. Let us help you pick the safest place for care, as the urgent care or ER may increase your family’s risk of exposure.
We appreciate your confidence in our care. Our staff and physicians will continue to work tirelessly to stay on top of the most current care guidelines to keep you and your family safe, and to get through this difficult time together!
Please follow the guidelines for avoiding exposure available here
For more information please visit the following links from the American Academy of Pediatrics parenting website HealthyChildren.org
When Can Children Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Safe Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Mask Mythbusters: Common Questions about Kids & Face Masks
Do Masks Delay Speech and Language Development?
Youth Sports: A COVID-19 Safety Checklist
Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome