COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic)
IDPH GUIDANCE ON ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
Pfizer COVID Vaccines: The FDA approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for EUA for kids 12 and older. We encourage all our patients to make an appointment with CVS or Walgreens to get vaccinated. Should vaccines be approved by the CDC and FDA for those < 12 yrs of age, we will attempt to obtain a supply from the McHenry County Health Department so that we can offer this vaccine in our office at no cost. When/if we receive a supply, we will notify our patients when the can call to schedule appointments for this vaccine.
TESTING: We FINALLY received our COVID-19 in-office rapid tests that take approximately 15 minutes to run. They are PCR tests currently recommended by most school districts. These tests are only valid if performed on patients with symptoms or those who are 5-7 days from a known COVID exposure. They are not recommended for asymptomatic patients wanting tests for travel or other clearance.
We also have test kits for Quest Laboratories. These are send-out tests and take approximately 2-5 days for results. Due to our limited supply, these test will only be offered to those patients who have been evaluated in our office and determined necessary for testing by the provider.
WHO NEEDS TESTING:
1. If you have been in close contact with a known positive coronavirus case, then you should quarantine for 14 days per CDC guidelines. THERE IS NO TEST THAT WILL GET ONE OUT OF QUARANTINE.
2. If someone in your family has tested positive, then the rest of your household is considered a close contact and should remain quarantined for 14 days. NO TEST WILL GET A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER OUT OF QUARANTINE.
3. If you or a family member has been in contact with someone who has been in contact with a known positive COVID case, this is considered an indirect contact and NO TESTING IS WARRANTED.
4. If your child is symptomatic, you may want a test to determine if they have COVID in order to return to daycare or school. As above, we have rapid, point-of-care PCR tests available for $100 cash or our send-out tests that may take 2-5 days for results to return. If you want a 24-hour-or-less test, please go to one of several IDPH testing sites. Otherwise, CDC recommends 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms.
Current IDPH testing guidance and testing sites can be found on the IDPH website.
Anyone with or without COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test WITHOUT a doctor's order. COVID-19 Testing Sites, IDPH
Among children who are hospitalized for COVID-19, most are younger than 60 days or older than 12 years of age. Children may have severe infection requiring intensive care support. The clinical course of immunocompromised patients was not more severe than other children. Elevated WBC and CRP are associated with greater illness severity.
GUIDANCE/RECOMMENDATIONS: Please understand that we are following guidelines as they are updated through the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH). We encourage you to view these recommendations frequently for guidance as to your family's questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. This will allow our nursing staff to respond more efficiently to other, more routine and acute medical questions.
FAQ from the providers at CMG
MCDH website (school and travel guidelines)
AAP's HealthyChildren.org website (helpful information)
PREVENTION: Take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as you would to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or influenza:
•Wash your hand often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
•If soap and water are not available, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
•Teach your child to cover a cough/sneeze with an elbow or tissue
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick
•Keep your child home if s/he is sick and properly notify school
We remain in partnership with you to teach and reinforce the above healthy habits to your children.