At Color Country Pediatrics the health and safety of the pediatric population in our community is our top priority. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic we wanted to provide you with some information, as well as changes we have made to the office environment, in our efforts to provide the best possible healthcare for our patients. As you know, this is a very fluid situation and the information we receive changes daily, sometimes hourly. We will do our best to keep you updated on any important information we feel necessary to relay on to you. As always, please call our office if you have any questions or concerns.
According to the CDC the most common symptoms (with the percentage of how often they occur in symptomatic patients) are:
-Shortness of breath (3-31%)
Less common or rare symptoms include sore throat, headache, cough with sputum production, congestion (only for pediatric population, but very uncommon).
That being said, there has been much less COVID-19 activity in children than adults. Children who have tested positive for COVID-19 have largely had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. To date there have been no reported pediatric deaths in the United States. Southwestern Utah has very little activity with 4 confirmed cases and no confirmed cases in Iron County. As mentioned before, information changes daily and we will let you know if/when there are confirmed cases in our County.
The CDC has information available on how COVID-19 spreads, steps to protect yourself and others, and tips on cleaning and disinfecting your household. Please visit their website here. Most importantly, washing your hands frequently and staying home when you are sick are the best ways to prevent the spread of germs.
If you feel like your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been exposed to someone who is being tested for COVID-19 we ask that you call the Utah coronavirus hotline BEFORE coming into our office. We are currently not testing for COVID-19 in our office for multiple reasons. First, we do not have the supply of protective equipment required for testing patients, and secondly, we do not want to risk possibly exposing other patients who are in our office. This follows national and state guidelines to only provide testing in certain locations. Again, please call the hotline at 1-800-456-7707 where they can answer your questions and give you guidance on whether or not you or your child requires testing. Intermountain Healthcare has also just created a helpful website specifically for COVID-19 that has links to a COVID-19 specific symptom checker, directs to help and information, as well as an option for a live chat to ask questions about COVID-19. It's a great resource and we encourage our patients to use it if they have questions or concerns.
In efforts to provide you and your child with the best possible care we have made a few changes to our office.
We promise to do our part to help keep your children healthy and safe. We truly want to provide the best possible care and we feel these changes will help us do so. If you have any questions about these changes, or anything else, please feel free to call our office.
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