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Coronavirus Update

2/16/2022
 
UPDATED*

See the current CDC recommendation which shorten the isolation and quarantine periods for the general population.  

*Despite the stabilization of numbers of infections in our area, we still limiting the number of persons who present to our office. As such, we are allowing one parent per family to attend the visit. We understand two parents may be required for visits involving infants < 1 month; with children with special needs; or with families who have multiple pre-school aged kids. However, for most other situlations, one parent is typically all that is required.  We are happy to include the other parent in the visit via video chat if desired.  We also ask that, whenever possible, you do not bring siblings who are not being seen to the office visits.


*We are irregularly receiving limited shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 years. Scheduling announcements for future vaccination dates will continue to occur via email blast, so please call our office if you have not been receiving email notifications to date (we can only use one email per child).  We are working to improve the frequency and amount of vaccine delivered to our office.  We will continue to update as availability increases; especially once the vaccine is approved for children under 5 years of age.

We will continue to be limited in how many patients we can immunize at any one time, so we encourage everyone who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to obtain it as soon as they can through ANY available vaccinations site.  
(See the Official FDA Release)


We are continuing to offer both Rapid COVID antigen testing and COVID PCR testing at our office; however, we now need to limit testing to only those children being seen for sick appointments.  If you require a COVID test simply for return to public activity, then you can utilize the one of the multitude of sites across the state which offer COVID testing.  See  COVID testing for the nearest location.

We support CDC advised mask mandates for schools and daycare. Regardless, as a medical facility, we are still requiring masks for those 2 years and older who present to our office.  Please see our policy on mask exemptions.

We are monitoring the increased reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after COVID-19 vaccination. Our practice continues to wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations of the CDC, which state: "The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis. We continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for children according to the recommendations established by the CDC and the AAP."

As of May 2021, the CDC no longer recommended that COVID-19 vaccines be given alone. Therefore, COVID-19 and other vaccines can be given without regard to timing. Thus, other vaccines can be administered on the same day as or within 14 days of any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. This should make it easier for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Check out the CDC Guidelines When You've Been Vaccinated for updated exposure recommendations after a person is considered fully vaccinated (>2 weeks after their final vaccine dose).


See these additional links for important office related COVID-19 related information:

Coronavirus Symptom Checker provides recommended actions and resources for various COVID related situations

COVID-19 Scenarios addresses the most common questions we are receiving about COVID-19

Click MIS-C to learn what we currently know and when to be concerned

When can my child return to daycare, school, work, etc? See how our doctors will determine whether your child is cleared to return to public activities.

Please view our procedure for in-office evaluation of patients with symptoms possibly related to COVID.

Click the link for specific information on COVID testing in the state of Maryland.



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Below are links to both national and local resources for helpful and up to date information on COVID-19.  These links are regular updated by the hosting organizations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (CDC)

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019

US Food and Drug Administration COVID-19 Testing Basics

Coronavirus--Maryland State Dept of Health 

University of Maryland Coronavirus Update 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Johns Hopkins Medicine

Howard County Health Dept COVID-19


Should you have any questions that are not answered by the resources above, feel free to call our office or contact us via electronic message using the patient portal.  

(Originally created 07/09/2020)
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