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 all of our patients older than 2 years of age who visit our office (for any type of visit) and any accompanying caregivers wear a cloth face covering. We ask that only one person accompany patients 6 weeks of age and older.
We are now seeing all well visits at our Mechanicsburg office, in Suites 108 and 109
. During regular office hours, all sick patients will be seen at our Camp Hill office
(previously Suite 109 at Mechanicsburg was reserved for sick visits, but we’ve made the change to better accommodate the increase in patients needing their well visits, while continuing to separate our sick and well patients). Weekend appointments for newborn care or acute visits will continue to be at our Mechanicsburg office, in Suites 108 and 109, respectively.
All staff at all offices will wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks and gloves. We clean each room between patients. At our Mechanicsburg office, we use dedicated well-rooms, with a dedicated well-entrance. Please keep your well visit appointment if you are 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. Schools are closed, and 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.
Thank you for joining the JDC Pediatrics team in our efforts to help our community flatten the curve.
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
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Social Distancing: Why Keeping Your Distance Helps Keep Others Safe
Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Cloth Face Coverings for Children
Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Getting Children and Teens Outside while Social Distancing
Teens & COVID-19 - Challenges and Opportunities
Handing Washing: A Powerful Antidote to Illness
COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome