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Special COVID-19 Update – Wednesday, August 11, 2021

By August 11, 2021August 25th, 2021No Comments

Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

After 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present new challenges to Peachtree Park Pediatrics and the families we serve.

During the past fall and winter, we saw much fewer children with coughs, colds and other respiratory illnesses.  There were virtually no children with influenza in our practice and the Atlanta area.  This was likely due to mask wearing, social distancing and many children staying home from daycare or attending school virtually.  Over the past three months, as children returned to daycare and parents relaxed mask wearing and distancing, we have been very busy with sick children.  Fortunately, most are not seriously ill, and some are seen only at the insistence of daycare which may require a doctor’s note to return.

The surge of illnesses has burdened our staff, particularly our phone nurses who are handling a high volume of calls.  Similarly, the nurses at the CHOA Call Center who answer parents’ questions after hours are also often overwhelmed.  If you need medical advice in the evenings or on weekends the practice’s answering service will forward your information to the CHOA Call Center. If you haven’t received a return call within 45-60 minutes, please call the answering service again and let them know that you are still waiting on a call back.  Please limit your calls after hours to urgent issues that can’t wait until the office reopens.

We have resumed having our phone nurses schedule all same day sick visits.  This is to ensure that we can see these patients at a time that maintains everyone’s safety.  If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID and needs to be seen for another reason, we will ask you to call the front desk when you arrive and we will escort you to an exam room through a back door, bypassing the waiting room.  To minimize the number of people in the waiting room parents will be asked to wait in the building lobby or in their cars if the physician requires confidential time with the patient.

We offer the COVID-19 antigen detection test in the office, which is done on a nasal swab and produces a result in 15-20 minutes.  This test is appropriate for anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID but should not be used for people without symptoms who have been in close contact with someone with the illness (asymptomatic people should get the PCR test which is available at many pharmacies and at Viral Solutions near the office on Northside Parkway. Viral Solutions tests children as young as 6 months old.).  If you have questions about the results of a COVID test done outside our office, please call during regular business hours rather than the evening or weekend.

This is the chart our phone nurses utilize to determine when patients need to be tested for COVID-19, depending on symptoms, exposure and vaccination status:

We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.

Peachtree Park Pediatrics

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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment.  The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.

Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327