COVID-19 Information For LaTouche Pediatrics Patients

What Should I Expect When Coming into the Office for an Appointment?

We ask that everyone coming in for an appointment at any of our locations to please limit the amount of people who come into the office. Ideally, we would like only one guardian with one patient at each appointment. However, we realize this simply is not possible for a lot of families. If you need to bring more than one guardian with  one patient you must schedule an appointment at our Huffman Rd or Eagle River locations.

Providence Hospital is conducting health screenings as each person enters the hospital. This includes a temperature check accompanied with a variety of questions. Please allow enough time to get through that process when coming in for an appointment.

It is a Providence policy to allow only one guardian and with one patient through the check point. If you bring multiple adults or multiple children that do not have an appointment, your group will not be allowed past the check point. Siblings with appointments WILL be allowed through the check point.

There will only be one entrance our patients will be allowed to enter when coming into an appointment at the Providence Office location. It is the entrance on the bottom floor of the parking garage behind the A tower. There is a map located on this website under “Hours &  Locations” that shows where this entrance is. You can also call our friendly front desk if you have any questions about this process at phone number 562-2120 Option 0.

Again, if your family needs to bring younger or older siblings to an in-office appointment, please schedule the appointment at the Huffman Rd. or Eagle River Offices.

 

 

Information About Returning to Daycare

Please click here to see the Guidance for Child Care Programs issued by the CDC

Educational Information about COVID-19

With the community prevalence of COVID-19 virus in Anchorage increasing and other illnesses decreasing, we are treating all illnesses that have similar signs and symptoms (cough and fever) as being potentially positive for COVID-19. With the pandemic, it is not possible to test every probable case. Here are the treatment guidelines presuming your child has the COVID-19 virus.

For the ill family member/child:

  1. Stay home for at least 7 days after becoming ill.
  2. Can go out (stop isolation) again when without symptoms for 72 hours and at least 7 days from first day of symptoms
  3. Stay away from others in the house as much as possible. Have a “sick room” and use a separate bathroom.
  4. Limit contact with pets and animals
  5. Wear a mask if able
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and discard in a lined trash can and Immediately wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  8. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating
  9. Do not share dishes, cups, bedding, towels with other family members
  10. Isolate ill family members from the rest of the family as much as possible

For family members in contact with ill member:

  1. Isolate for 14 days if no symptoms
  2. Isolate for 7 days after becoming ill and follow all above guidelines
  3. Clean sick person’s room and bathroom daily
  4. Clean high touch areas (doorknobs, switches, refrigerator door handle) frequently
  5. Call ahead before visiting a medical provider
  6. Wear a mask when caring for your ill family member if able
  7. Stay in a different room than your ill family member

Call office to discuss if in person visit is needed if:

  1. There is concern the child has worsening symptoms
  2. The child has a fever that went away for over 24 hours and came back
  3. There has been no urine output  for 8  hours in an infant under a year and 12 hours for all others

Go to the ER if:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

 

  •  Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before medical help arrives.

 

When to discontinue home isolation:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

 

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Division of Viral Diseases

What is Social Distancing? What is Self-Quarantine?

We found these great articles about this topic that we wanted to share.

 

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Can LaTouche test for COVID-19?

Our Huffman Office has a drive through testing site that is by appointment only, between the hours of 8:30-9:30 M-F. Please call our office to make an appointment if a COVID-19 test is needed.

We can test for COVID-19 for symptomatic patients, but also for asymptomatic patients (without symptoms). We also provide testing for travel, or for upcoming procedures.

If the patient is symptomatic, a telehealth appointment with one of our expert providers will be necessary before testing is initiated. A telehealth appointment is not necessary for asymptomatic patients that need testing for travel.

 

 

What Are We Doing In The Office?

We will re-address our processes as the COVID-19 situation changes. We have currently implemented the changes below:

  • We are offering Telemedicine Visits
  • We are rooming patients immediately as the enter our office
  • We have implemented extra cleaning

Should I wear a mask?

Previously, the CDC and the WHO recommended that people not wear masks to avoid spreading and getting COVID-19. This was based on previous concerns that using masks incorrectly could actually spread the virus more.

New evidence shows that as many as 25 to 50% of people with COVID-19 may not show symptoms, which means you can spread the virus before you know you have it.

The CDC now recommends that Americans wear cloth face coverings when you leave home to keep you from accidentally spreading the virus.