Coronavirus

Coronavirus: What You Need To Know  

PUBLISHED 11/17/2020

Athletes And COVID-19

Due to possible complications from COVID-19 that may be more consequential for athletes, some athletes who have had COVID-19 need to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play.

If your child has had COVID-19 and is returning to play, these are our recommendations.

1. If your child was asymptomatic or had mild symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell/taste) then rest for 14 days after resolution of symptoms or for 14 days from the date of their positive test if asymptomatic. Return to play gradually and call us if your child experiences shortness of breath or chest pain with exercise.

2. If your child had moderate symptoms (fever, chills, muscle pain, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or symptoms greater than 3 days) please call our office for guidance and possible clearance.

 

PUBLISHED 10/27/2020

We Are Offering COVID Testing

  • As your child’s medical home, we want to help direct your child’s care during the pandemic.
  • If you have concerns about your child having COVID or being exposed to someone with COVID, please call us.
  • If you believe your child needs a test, we can see your child here and perform the test.
  • We want to offer cost effective solutions to families who need tests to return to daycare, school, and work.
  • We send tests to an outside lab for processing and are currently receiving results in 24-48 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child has no symptoms, should they get tested for COVID?

  • If your child has had no exposure, no.
  • If your child has had a known exposure to COVID, then the CDC currently recommends testing. This recommendation is for contact tracing purposes and doesn’t change recommendations for quarantining your child. The AAP and CDC recommend testing no sooner than 4 days after exposure for accuracy of the test.
  • It can take up to 14 days after a person is exposed to COVID to develop disease, so a negative COVID test done prior to 14 days DOES NOT rule out disease and does not change recommendations to quarantine. Your child must quarantine for 14 days after exposure to someone else with COVID.

Is it safe to bring my child to the office?

  • Yes, it is safe to come to the office for sick and well visits. We are taking steps to keep our patients, staff, and physicians safe and healthy. GHPA is still following enhanced safety measures.
  • We have increased our frequency of cleaning in all areas of the office to protect our patients, their families, our staff, and physicians. We clean and disinfect each exam room after every visit.
  • We use a separate entrance when needed for sick patients. Families are often taken to an exam room upon arrival. If there is a short wait time, families are social distanced in both the well and sick waiting areas.
  • We have separate time blocks for well visits and for sick visits. This further limits any exposure between well and sick children.
  • Walk-in visits have been suspended.“Nurse only visits” for strep tests and booster shots are now scheduled. This allows us to screen families for COVID exposure. 

Here are ways you can help us.

  • If you or anyone in your house is under quarantine or has a pending COVID test, please let us know before you come to our office.
  • Walk-in visits have been suspended. Continue to call us before you come to the office.
  • We ask that one parent bring patients to visits when possible.
  • We ask that siblings not being seen for a visit or flu vaccine stay at home when possible.
  • Parents and children ages 2 years and older are to wear masks or protective face coverings in the office.

If you do not plan to come for your scheduled appointment, we kindly request that you cancel the appointment when you receive your 7-day or 3-day reminder. This allows us time to schedule another appointment. Thank you!

 

PUBLISHED 5/11/2020

Masks

With some COVID-19 related restrictions being eased in the coming weeks, we want to assure you that GHPA is still following enhanced safety measures. In accordance with the “Safer-at-Home” order, parents and children ages 2 years and older are to wear masks or protective face coverings in the office. Due to limited inventory, we ask that you bring your own.

Office Appointments

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and have made several changes so that we can provide care to our families and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • As previously announced, we are scheduling sick visits in the afternoon to help limit the spread of germs.
  • Most well visits are scheduled in the morning. However, due to low illness in the community, we have extended our well visits to 3:30 pm. Any non-well patients during that time will enter the office through another entrance and will go directly to an exam room.
  • Follow up visits for well children are also being scheduled in the morning.
  • Walk-in visits have been suspended. This includes walk-in strep tests and booster shots. Continue to call us before you come to the office.
  • We ask that only one parent bring patients to visits when possible.
  • We ask that siblings not being seen for a visit stay home when possible.
  • While we understand that some families may not want to come due to COVID-19 concerns, some families are requesting appointments while their children are out of school. We’d like to accommodate these requests since we will not be able to see everyone this summer. So, we need your help.
  • We continue to NOT test patients for COVID-19; children who meet criteria for testing will be directed to the appropriate testing centers.

If you do not plan to come for your scheduled appointment due to COVID-19 concerns, we kindly request that you cancel the appointment when you receive your 7-day or 3-day reminder. This allows us time to schedule another appointment. Thank you!

 

Weekend Visits

Saturdays

  • Our Saturday office hours are 9 – 11 am.
  • Please call for an appointment if you have a sick child.

Sundays

  • We are closed on Sundays.
  • You may reach our office for emergencies by calling 385-1451.
  • We will have a nurse and physician on call as usual if needed for emergencies.
  • Please hold calls for non-urgent matters until the office opens on Monday.

 

PUBLISHED 4/8/2020

Well Visit Reminder Calls And Closed on Sundays

Well Visits

  • As previously announced, we are scheduling well visits for all ages in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon to help limit the spread of germs.
  • If you have an afternoon appointment this month, you will receive a call from us to reschedule to a morning appointment time.
  • While we understand that some families may not want to come due to COVID-19 concerns, some families are requesting appointments while their children are out of school. We’d like to accommodate these requests since we will not be able to see everyone this summer. So, we need your help.

If you do not plan to come for your scheduled appointment due to COVID-19 concerns, we kindly request that you cancel the appointment when you receive your 7-day or 3-day reminder. This allows us time to schedule another appointment. Thank you!

 

Weekend Visits

  • We will be closed on all Sundays in April. We will have a nurse and doctor on call for emergencies. (615) 385-1451
  • We have office hours by appointment on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. If you have a sick child, please call for an appointment.

 

PUBLISHED 3/28/2020

We are open!

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and have made several changes so that we can provide care to our families and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • We are scheduling well visits for all ages in the morning. If you have an afternoon appointment, you will receive a call from us to reschedule to a morning appointment time.
  • Follow up visits for well children are also being scheduled in the morning.
  • Sick visits are being scheduled in the afternoon.
  • Walk-in visits have been suspended. This includes walk-in strep tests and booster shots. Continue to call us before you come to the office.
  • We ask that one parent bring patients to visits when possible.
  • We ask that siblings not being seen for a visit stay home when possible.

We will be CLOSED on Sunday, March 29th, Sunday, April 5th and Easter Sunday, April 12th.  

  • We are open on Saturdays from 9 am – 12:30 pm. If you have a sick child, please call for an appointment.
  • We will have a nurse and doctor on call for emergencies. (615) 385-1451

Virtual Visits

We are offering virtual visits when medically appropriate. These visits are covered by most insurance companies and allow you to video conference with your child’s doctor from your mobile device or computer. These visits are scheduled during our normal business hours by appointment and the doctor will decide if this is the best option for your child’s care.

 

PUBLISHED 3/22/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Open for Appointments

We are aware of the mayor’s “safer at home” order for Davidson County for the next 14 days.

As healthcare providers, we will remain open for well and sick appointments so that we can provide care to our patients.

We will be open at 9:00 am tomorrow, 3/23/2020 to answer questions and schedule appointments if your child needs to be seen.

We will continue with our plan to see patients for well visits in the morning and sick patients in the afternoon. We have increased our frequency of cleaning in all areas of the office to protect our patients, their families, our staff and physicians.

 

PUBLISHED 3/19/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Office Changes

We are closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus and taking steps to keep our patients, staff, and physicians safe and healthy.

Here are a few changes we are implementing.

We are not accepting any walk-in visits. This includes walk-in strep tests and vaccines.

We will be CLOSED on SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd and SUNDAY, MARCH 29th.  

  • As always, we will have a nurse and doctor on call for emergencies. (615) 385-1451.
  • We will be open on Saturday from 9 am – 12:30 pm and again on Monday from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Please call for an appointment if you have a sick child this weekend.

Our daily schedules are being adjusted.

  • We will see patients for well visits in the morning.
  • We will close for cleaning and lunch.
  • We will see sick patients in the afternoon.

Here are ways you can help us.

  • Continue to call us before you come to the office.
  • We ask that one parent bring patients to visits when possible.
  • We ask that siblings not being seen for a visit stay at home when possible.

All our doctors are spending time nightly keep abreast of this situation. Dr. Barrow, who has a Master of Public Health degree, is participating in webinars with the Tennessee Department of Health to keep us as up to date as possible. The Tennessee Department of Health’s Public Information Number is (877) 587-2945. The service is available from 10 am – 7 pm, 7 days per week.

We appreciate your support and thank you for trusting us with the care of your children!

 

PUBLISHED 3/16/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are currently not testing for COVID-19 at this office. We will continue to schedule patients by appointment so CALL BEFORE coming to the office for a sick visit.

We are still seeing all sick patients, and if any patient we see meets current criteria for COVID-19 testing, we will facilitate testing.

A large majority of children are not meeting criteria for testing currently. Due to the testing labs being overwhelmed, only priority patients are being tested at this time.

Priority patients include anyone known to have direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 and to those ill patients with additional risk factors (travel to tier 3 country in the past 14 days, the elderly, person with chronic medical conditions, immunocompromised patients, and health care workers).

Priority patients also include patients who are very ill with fever and lower respiratory tract symptoms (shortness of breath, prominent cough).

If your child has any fever, cough, or shortness of breath or any of the additional risk factors listed above, CALL US so that we may help facilitate testing.

If a parent is ill with fever, cough, shortness of breath, has tested for or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or traveled to a tier 3 country, please have someone else bring your child to the office.

TN Department of Health

  • Public Information Number (877) 857-2945 Available from 10A-10P 7 days a week)
  • Current information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Update

 

PUBLISHED 3/6/2020

 We are closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (Corona) virus and taking steps to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild colds. We see them year-round, although like all cold/cough viruses, more in the winter.

COVID-19 is a novel strain of Coronavirus. That means it’s something our immune systems have never seen before. Children are exposed to so many other viruses in the same family on a regular basis and they seem to have some cross-immunity to this strain.

Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 will cause cold/cough symptoms, likely with a mild fever. Like other viruses, there is no treatment besides symptomatic care — Tylenol and Motrin, honey for coughs in kids older than 1 year, cool-mist humidifiers and suctioning for babies. Stay hydrated and comfortable.

If you or your child has mild cold symptoms, stay home! We do not need to see you in our office. Follow school guidelines for returning — no fever for 24 hours, no disruptive coughing, child feels well enough to participate.

*We do NOT have a test for COVID-19 in our office, nor does any other private practice medical group, urgent care center or retail clinic.*

Influenza is STILL the major cause of illness in the pediatric population.

Travel

We do not have any more specific information than what is recommended by the CDC. Furthermore, these recommendations may change from day to day. Click here for current travel recommendations.

Preventing the Spread Of Viruses

Follow the CDC’s recommendation for preventative steps to keep yourself healthy – which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  3. Wash and dry your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  4. Utilize an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol at minimum) where applicable and if soap is not available.
  5. Staying home when feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Other Illnesses

Your child SHOULD be seen for:

  • any fever (>100.4F) in a baby under 60 days
  • respiratory distress, including a barking cough, increased work of breathing, or cough that interferes with sleep or play
  • dehydration
  • sore throat in the absence of cold symptoms
  • ear pain for more than 2 days in kids older than 2y, or in conjunction with fever in kids younger than 2y
  • fever above 101 for more than 5 days

It is safe to come for well and sick visits. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and continue to communicate our response as things change.