We want our patients to know that we are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as it continues to evolve. Our priority, as always, is to care for our Kids 1st community. We are taking extra precautions in our clinics. Our staff has increased our cleaning measures. Our clinic is cleaned nightly and we have contacted our janitorial team about expanding from routine services to ensure as much sanitation as possible.
We encourage you to bring your child/children into our clinics. However, if your child has a fever and/or cough and was exposed to COVID-19 please do not enter Kids 1st, you should call your PCP for instructions. Please note that our clinics are not able to test for COVID-19. If your child has a fever and/or cough and was exposed to COVID-19 and is in distress please proceed to the nearest emergency room, but call ahead and let them know your situation so they can be prepared.
Another resource, if you feel your child may have been exposed or has symptoms of COVID-19 is the State Coronavirus Hotline # 877-215-8336.
What are we doing to keep our community healthy?
- Staff and providers are being screened for symptoms at the start of each day. They are also wearing masks and gloves as extra protection to limit exposure and transmission of the virus.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures to high traffic areas/objects every 20-30 minutes during clinic hours during and at the end of each day to reduce contamination of surfaces.
- Review of daily notifications from the Health Department about local outbreak. Protocols will be revised and shared with staff as needed.
Monitoring Mental Health
We understand that this may be a stressful time and it is important to monitor you and your child’s physical and mental health during an outbreak. The following resources are available to help you and your child during this time:
Talking to Children During an Outbreak
Coping with Stress During an Outbreak
Taking Care of your Behavioral Health During an Outbreak
Coronavirus video for kids from BrainPOP
The Best Protection
The best way to protect yourself and others is by washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home if you are ill. Kids 1st will remain in close contact with public health officials as the situation continues to evolve and change. We will continue to follow guidelines set by the CDC and work with health officials to help keep our community safe. We will share any updates through our website and social media so that our families can stay informed.