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:
- 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 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
How Should I Prepare?
Should I Travel?
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.