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COVID-19

Dear Point Loma Pediatrics family,

We are taking coronavirus very seriously. Many people are postponing appointments. Vaccination rates are down 80% nationwide and there is significant concern that vaccine preventable diseases such as measles or polio could make a resurgence. Please see our current plan below, we are following county and state guidelines which still recommend well child exams:

  • Patients and children over 2 will need to wear masks in the clinic. We do not have enough masks to provide them to patients.
  • We will see well patients and sick patients WITHOUT contagious concerns until 3:30pm. If your child is sick, please reschedule your well child visit. We have a separate office across the hall where we will see newborns and very young well infants. We apologize, we will not allow older siblings in this room, please try to leave siblings at home if they do not have a scheduled appointment. As always, we have dedicated well rooms in the main clinic too.
  • Our staff is wearing masks and face shields all day, every day.  Rooms are being wiped down between every patient as always with extra attention paid to door handles, clipboards, tables, chairs, and hand sanitizer dispensers.   We have enough PPE to keep ourselves safe.  We are minimizing time patients spend in the waiting room and have removed balloons and the toy bin.
  • We will plan to see infectious illnesses (fever, cough, sneezing, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea) in the late afternoons only. If you have high concern that you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus, please do not come into the clinic. We will see you behind the clinic in our tents.
  • The current recommendation is to continue well child exams for children needing vaccinations.  If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic for a well child exam, we can see you in the parking lot to administer vaccines.  These visits may be subject to a copay. Vaccines are typically given at the following visits: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 4 or 5 years, 11 years, 16 years. If you have not followed a standard schedule or postponed vaccines, they may be needed at other visits than those listed. We will have flu shots for 2020-2021 in September.
  • We are also offering telemedicine visits for many concerns, these visits are subject to the same co-pays and deductibles as in-office visits per your insurance provider. Please call or text our office during business hours to request a telemedicine visit. Telemedicine visits are strongly recommended, and California law mandates that these visits be covered by private health plans. Tricare also covers telemedicine visits. You will either be called by a provider via FaceTime or receive a text link within 15 minutes of your scheduled time.
  • We have rapid covid tests from Quidel that take 15 minutes. They are considered 80-85% sensitive, meaning you could test negative and have a 10-15% chance of still having Covid. False negatives are more common when people are tested too early in the course of illness or incubation. Rady Children’s Hospital recommends testing 5-7 days after a high risk exposure, or any time you have symptoms. We are also able to send PCR tests to Rady, Sharp, and Quest. These tests are more sensitive but take several days. If you request only a rapid covid screen, you will need to pay out of pocket ($75). If your child is ill, insurance should cover covid testing as part pf a sick visit. We will test adults as well as needed.
  • If you would like to discuss antibody testing, please schedule a telemedicine visit. Antibody testing is currently being offered by Quest, Sharp and Rady. These tests are serology (blood is drawn from a vein), not fingerprick tests. The fingerprick tests are extremely unreliable at this time.
  • We are doing our best to balance the changing recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control, and the State of California. We are following the same plan as the Children’s Hospital and receiving updates 3 times weekly. We are seeing a small number (2-3) cases of Covid each week at this time as of 8/3/2020. We are screening staff routinely. Please refer to the CDC for the most up to date guidance. Also, The County of San Diego posts known daily cases on this site https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/status.html

    Thank you for your consideration and stay safe!