Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update
Posted on 03/30/2020

Coronavirus Update 3/30/2020

***NS Peds now offering some telemedicine visits! Please contact our team to schedule.***

3/30/2020 updates including information on stay at home executive order for Arizona & how We Are Still Here For You
3/24/2020 updates including what our office is doing including separate office locations and telemedicine visits as there is increased community spread, and we continue to recommend social distancing measures

Patient Instructions for Quarantine

coronavirusWhat is Coronavirus?

- COVID-19, is a new strain of Coronavirus. It is in the same family of viruses as SARS and MERS

How is it transmitted?
- Coronavirus is transmitted through droplets spread through cough, sneezing or touch

What are the symptoms and how serious is it?
- Cough, fever, shortness of breath, and/or muscle aches. Some notice significant loss of appetite and/or loss of smell. Symptoms can range from asymptomatic or mild to severe.
- Most people in China had mild disease, including most children. Most of the serious cases were in older patients and/or patients with complex medical conditions

How is it treated?
- Currently there is no specific treatment or vaccine for Coronavirus. Treatment is supportive care to help relieve symptoms. However, some companies are working on vaccines and treatment, so it may be available in the future.

How can it be prevented?
- Best way to prevent is good hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap/water not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching hands to face and eyes.
- If you are sick, stay home. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you have no mask.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean surfaces regularly with products labeled effective against bacteria and viruses.
- Masks are not recommended for prevention, however, if you are sick and coughing it is recommended to prevent you from spreading it to others
- As masks are in short supply, you can use any thick scarf or bandana to cover nose and mouth to prevent spread of droplets

What to do if you are exposed or you think you may have or at risk for Coronavirus?
- If you have had contact with someone with COVID19 or think you may have contracted the virus please call your doctor for medical advice.
- If you are having any respiratory distress, go to the ER, let them know you are at risk for Coronavirus

Protecting yourself and the community
- Keep yourself informed and know where to find up to date information (CDC.gov, azdhs.gov, who.int)
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick
- Wash your hands, clean surfaces regularly, practice good hygiene control measures
- If you are sick, please stay home!!
- Effective March 31, Governor Doug Ducey has signed an executive order directing Arizonans to stay at home except as necessary to obtain food or medical care to protect themselves and others. This is to help ensure that people are maintaining the appropriate distance from others to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
The AAP is advising against play dates and outside play on play structures/playgrounds.
- We must all adapt to disruptions in our regular routines (i.e. telecommuting, school closures, event cancellations) and follow advice from our local/state officials.
- Avoid nonessential travel
- Refer to the Patient Instructions for Quarantine handout if instructed to self quarantine by your provider

What is our office is doing to keep your family safe?
Office locations are currently split between well (Ironwood) and sick (Deer Valley). Saturday sick clinic is also temporarily being held at our Deer Valley office location.
- We are offering telemedicine appointments when an in-person exam is not required and postponing some non-urgent visits.
- Our schedulers will be scheduling our sick appointments at this time to make sure that all patients are screened appropriately.
- Our staff and cleaning company are taking extra precautions to make sure both offices are appropriately cleaned.
- We are checking everyone's temperature at the front desk of the "well" office and anyone who has a fever will need to be sent or our "sick" location or be rescheduled.
- Our staff and providers are wearing protective equipment and are monitoring frequently for any signs of infection.

Testing for Coronavirus
- There us currently still a limited capacity to test patients for Coronavirus even though LabCorp and Sonora Quest are now offering outpatient testing.  
- We are currently testing patients based on symptoms and history.
* If your child is well with NO symptoms, no testing is currently recommended for Coronavirus.  However, if your child has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call our office for further guidance.
* If your child has had fever (100.4 or higher) and/or cold symptoms (including cough or shortness of breath) AND has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify our office as they may meet criteria for testing. Please DO NOT come to the office before notifying us so we can take the proper precautions to keep our patients and staff safe.

Important Travel Restrictions
- Delay travel plans if able. Travel by car when circumstances permit.  
- For up to date information on travel recommendations please refer to: www.cdc.gov

What is the risk for Maricopa County and Arizona?
- Our area now has widespread community transmission.
- For best up to date information on risk in Arizona and Maricopa county: www.maricopa.gov/coronavirus

Helpful Links & Resources:
CDC Coronavirus Symptom Self-Checker
Patient Instructions for Quarantine
CDC Coronavirus
Maricopa County Health Department
Breastfeeding Guidelines
Activity Ideas for Kids
Helping Your Kids Cope

North Scottsdale Pediatrics

  • Ironwood Office - 9827 N. 95th St. Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: (480)-860-8488
  • Deer Valley Office - 21807 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Phone: (480)-860-8488

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