Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and we want to take a moment to share some important updates with you. At Metropolitan Pediatrics, we have a response team dedicated to monitoring the current situation and adapting our processes and communication strategies as new information becomes available.
Here’s what we know today:
There are now three positive COVID-19 cases in Oregon, with many more under investigation and monitoring. At this time, the best thing people can do is avoid exposure. Please continue to be vigilant about handwashing and doing what you can to limit the spread of germs:
- Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water (length of “Happy Birthday” song, twice), or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (not your hands!).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with bleach-based products.
When to Call Us
Please call us if you believe your child may have been exposed AND is now showing symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to remain at home so as not to infect other individuals.
Just like most respiratory viruses, COVID-19 starts with a fever and cough. Right now, it is highly unlikely that if your child develops a fever and cough, it is due to COVID-19. However, we would still like you to call first before walking into the office. If your child only has some of the other less common symptoms, such as headache or diarrhea without a fever or cough, you do not need to be worried about COVID-19.
We Got You
As always, we are here for you! If you have questions or concerns, please call us. We’ll help come up with a plan to safely see your child without exposing other families. Metropolitan Pediatrics providers are also prepared to provide telehealth services (video visits) in the comfort of your own home to limit exposure opportunities.
For now, we’re all finding some comfort in the fact that children seem to handle the illness better than adults and most people who have gotten it have recovered.
We will continue to share regular updates as we learn more.
Stay updated on what’s happening with COVID-19: