Given extenuating circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, East Greenwich Pediatrics is taking precautions in our office to keep our patients, their families, and our staff safe.
We are now seeing well visits in the office every day, all ages. Same day sick visits (virtual, in person in our office, and in person in our tent behind the office) are available all day Monday to Friday and in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday. Please be aware our office is closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
When you arrive at our office, please call us from your car to check in. It is VERY important that we know if you or your child or anyone in your family has been EXPOSED to, TESTED for or has any SYMPTOMS of possible Coronavirus (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, rash, diarrhea, vomiting) so that we can best decide where and when to see your child.
Please be prepared that the doctors and medical assistants will be wearing personal protective equipment (face shield, mask, gloves, and gowns) to optimize safety.
To limit risk of exposure, we ask that NO siblings are present and only ONE parent arrive with the child. Please wear a mask or cloth face covering when coming into the office.
We are taking care of kids who have been exposed to COVID-19 and kids with symptoms of COVID-19. We are seeing these patients at different times and in different rooms / in our spacious tent set up just behind our office. Sometimes visits are better done virtually. We have the ability to do COVID-19 testing at our office for our patients. If you are worried about your child or have any questions, please call us and let us help!
Thank you to our families for your patience as we work to ensure a safe environment for you and for our staff. We want to be available for you, as we always have been, and deeply appreciate your understanding. Be well.
We have been getting questions from parents about guidance to give teenagers about social distancing as we see an uptick in cases in young people. Here are some thoughts:
1. Stay 6 feet away from your friends when hanging out.
2. Be outside when possible.
3. Hang out with your close friends. Keep the group the same as much as possible. Avoid big crowds.
4. Wear your mask all the time when you are with your friends - always when inside, anytime you are outside and not 6 feet apart (including at the beach).
5. Do not share drinks, food, or vape pens.
6. Avoid sleepovers unless you can be in separate rooms.
7. Ride in cars only with people in your own household. If you have to be in the same car with someone not in your family, wear your mask.
8. If you are playing spikeball or basketball or tennis wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right after you are done. Avoid touching your face. Wear your mask.
9. If you have a fever > 100 or diarrhea or cough or any sign you are sick STAY HOME and call your pediatrician to get tested.
10. If your friend has COVID-19 and you have been together, call your pediatrician and get tested. STAY HOME until you are tested.
11. If you have been tested for COVID-19 but don’t have the test back yet STAY HOME.