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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

*PLEASE REMEMBER PALM BEACH PEDIATRICS IS NOT A COVID TESTING SITE. WE HAVE LIMITED TESTS AND MUST TRIAGE AND USE TESTING FOR THOSE PATIENTS MOST MEDICALLY AT RISK OR ILL. INFORMATION ON TESTING SITES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY CAN BE FOUND AT discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/pages/testing-sites.aspx <discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/pages/testing-sites.aspx>*
Parents,
As you may be aware, the Omicron variant of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) is now the dominant strain of Coronavirus in Florida, and is spreading rapidly. We feel it is important to remind all families to take precautionary measures, such as getting your children vaccinated, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. Our office is receiving a large amount of calls related to testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19, so we hope it will be helpful to send you the below information to help guide you, and hopefully prevent any time you may need to spend on hold when calling our office.
*Someone in my household tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to have my child tested?*
*IT DEPENDS, BUT IN SHORT, NOT USUALLY. *A positive test for a household member does not mean your child needs to be tested for COVID-19. The safest thing for you to do is *STAY HOME*. If the child was directly exposed to the positive household member, it is safest to assume that your child is also positive for COVID-19.
It is hard for a child, particularly younger ones, to *isolate* – which means to avoid other people within the household – but should be done as much as is possible and safe. Your entire family should *quarantine* – which means you should stay at home and avoid people outside your household – for 10 days after the last close contact with the COVID-19 positive family member or date of positive test.
*My child tested positive for COVID-19. Now what?*
1. *STAY HOME.* Follow isolation and quarantine guidelines as above.
2. *TREATMENT*. Hydrate, rest, and eat well. If your child has congestion, it may help to use a humidifier in his or her room. There is no specific medical protocol to follow for home care of COVID-19, however the following may help your child feel better:
· Increase fluid intake
· Use saline nasal spray or mist to relieve congestion. Use bulb suction for babies.
· Treat fever, aches, and pains with Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Be sure to follow dosing guidelines for your child’s age/weight.
3. *WHEN TO CALL PBP*. Please call our offices if your child experiences any of the following symptoms:
· Fever (100.4 degrees or higher) for more than 24 hours.
· Signs of dehydration – infrequent urination or inability to drink enough fluids.
· Neck pain.
· Rash or change in skin color.
*4. **WHEN TO CALL 911. *Remember to notify emergency personnel that the household member is positive for COVID-19.
· Trouble breathing.
· Persistent pain or pressure in chest.
· New confusion.
· Inability to wake or stay awake.
· Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
We share this information to help guide you and your family in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in your household.

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