Coronavirus: What You Need To Know  

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.


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.