COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic)
TESTING: Currently, there are NO IN-OFFICE RAPID TESTS for Coronavirus like those that exist for influenza or strep throat. Tests are becoming available through commercial laboratories (i.e. Quest, ACL, Lab Corp) but are NOT currently available to the general public due to continued shortages of test kits.
On Friday, 3/20/2020, The IL Dept of Public Health issued new guidelines on testing to conserve available tests for those who need them the most. At this point, testing is being restricted to only two populations:
• Hospitalized patients with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g. pneumonia
• patients in clustered settings such as SNFs, assisted living, group homes, shelters, etc.
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.
MCDH website (school and travel guidelines)
AAP's HealthyChildren.org website (helpful information)
WIRED article: "How to Care for Kids if You're Sick With COVID-19"
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.