Back-to-School COVID-19 update

Like many pediatric offices, we have had a very busy summer at Old 4th Ward Pediatrics!  We are working hard to get school paperwork completed for all our patients returning to in-person learning and sports.  Meanwhile, there are unusually high numbers of sick children right now, who also need our attention.  We are committed to taking care of everyone in a timely fashion, and doing our part to keep children out of the emergency room if they do not need to be there.  Because of that, you may wait a little longer than usual right now.  We appreciate your patience!

The delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is surging in Atlanta right now, and we are seeing more children than ever before testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Fortunately, the majority of children continue to do well with just mild illnesses.  However, the hospitals are also seeing increases in children who are more seriously sick with COVID-19, along with other illnesses.  If your child is 12 or older, we strongly recommend getting them vaccinated against COVID-19!

Please read on for a summary of our current COVID-19 safety plan.

Scheduling practices:

When you come for your visit:

What should I do if my child was exposed to coronavirus?

Remember that the vast majority of children who are exposed to COVID-19 will do very well.  Most children have no symptoms or only mild illnesses and will recover without needing additional medical care.  However, we do encourage our families to take exposure to COVID-19 seriously and follow all CDC and DPH guidelines regarding self-quarantine.

If you have concerns or questions about our safety protocols, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us!

-The Old 4th Ward Pediatrics Team

Author
Lauren King MD

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