Our office is continuing to closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend, Colorado moved from a containment to mitigation approach to the virus. What does that mean? There is now evidence of COVID-19 community spread in Colorado. This means that people who have mild cold symptoms in the community may be infected with COVID-19, but may be unaware that they are affected, allowing for spread of the virus. The focus of the medical community and our community in general must now be on limiting and slowing the spread of the virus. This includes crucial practices like staying home when you are sick and social distancing. The CDC is now recommending avoiding all gatherings of over 50 people, and recommending avoiding even smaller gatherings if possible.
Due to these recent developments, you may notice some changes in the office starting this morning. We are following the CDC and CO Public Health Dept recommendations to help prevent spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients, families and employees safe and healthy.
1. Scheduling: We are now scheduling all well visits and counseling visits in the mornings and all sick visits in the afternoon in both offices. You may notice increased separation in the waiting area, or that you have the option to wait in your car rather than the waiting area until we are ready to room you for your appointment. We ask if possible to minimize the number of people coming to the appointments during this time. You may notice increased screening questions when scheduling, and we ask if any respiratory sick symptoms, that you reschedule your well visits.
2. You may notice staff wearing personal protective gear like masks and gloves. This is for both the protection of our staff and protection of our patients. You may notice increased cleaning procedures in the office. There will be enhanced cleaning over lunch break, at the end of each day and routinely throughout the day.
3. Telephone triage: Due to the increase in call volumes, please be patient as we get back to you as quickly as possible. We are encouraging mild cold symptoms to stay at home. Please call if you have questions or concerns and we can determine if you should be seen in the office, or if home care is best. Currently testing for COVID-19 is prioritized for those requiring hospitalization, health care providers and high risk patients (the elderly, those with chronic underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised patients, those on dialysis, etc), or known COVID-19 exposure and have developed symptoms. At this time, COVID-19 testing is not recommended for otherwise healthy children with cold symptoms. We are recommending staying and home and supportive care.
We know this is a truly unprecedented situation, and we thank all our families for your patience and understanding as things are rapidly changing even from day to day. We are here and committed to keeping the health of our Pediatric 5280 families and employees as our priority.
Your Peds 5280 Family.