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:
- Stay home for at least 7 days after becoming ill.
- Can go out (stop isolation) again when without symptoms for 72 hours and at least 7 days from first day of symptoms
- Stay away from others in the house as much as possible. Have a “sick room” and use a separate bathroom.
- Limit contact with pets and animals
- Wear a mask if able
- 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
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating
- Do not share dishes, cups, bedding, towels with other family members
- Isolate ill family members from the rest of the family as much as possible
For family members in contact with ill member:
- Isolate for 14 days if no symptoms
- Isolate for 7 days after becoming ill and follow all above guidelines
- Clean sick person’s room and bathroom daily
- Clean high touch areas (doorknobs, switches, refrigerator door handle) frequently
- Call ahead before visiting a medical provider
- Wear a mask when caring for your ill family member if able
- Stay in a different room than your ill family member
Call office to discuss if in person visit is needed if:
- There is concern the child has worsening symptoms
- The child has a fever that went away for over 24 hours and came back
- 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)
- other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
- at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
Are there any cases in Alaska?
What is Social Distancing? What is Self-Quarantine?
Can LaTouche test for COVID-19?
Our Office can refer to drive through testing if deemed appropriate through a telemedicine or in office visit.
What Are We Doing In The Office?
We will re-address the our processes as the COVID-19 situation changes. We have currently implemented the below changes:
- We are offering Telemedicine Visits
- We are limiting well visits
- We are rooming patients immediately as the enter our office
- We have implemented extra cleaning
How Should I Prepare?
Should I Travel?
Should I wear a mask?
Not unless you are ill.
Paper masks DO NOT KEEP YOU FROM BREATHING IN GERMS. They are mainly useful to remind you not to touch your face and to reduce the number of infected droplets sick people cough into the environment.
Information for Kids
LaTouche is preparing to increase our capacity to see sick patients if/when this infection comes to Anchorage.