COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic)
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.
TESTING: Currently, there are NO IN-OFFICE RAPID TESTS for COVID-19 like those that exist for influenza or strep throat. However, we anticipate one to be available in our office in September.
Anyone with or without COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test WITHOUT a doctor's order. COVID-19 Testing Sites, IDPH
St Alexius Medical Center (AMITA Health) in Hoffman Estates offers drive through testing WITH a doctor's order. However, please do not call our office for an order. Orders will only be given to patients that have been evaluated in our office and determined by the provider necessary for testing.
Current IDPH testing guidance and testing sites can be found on the IDPH website.
Lurie Children's Hospital is also offering COVID-19 testing as well. Click on the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago link below for further details.
Additionally, commercial laboratories (i.e. Quest, ACL, Lab Corp) are offering both PCR (virus) tests as well as antibody (past exposure with resolution) tests to the general public WITHOUT a doctor's order. You may contact these commercial laboratories for information about these tests and their cost.
*A NOTE ABOUT ANTIBODY TESTS: Current antibody tests are NOT specific to COVID-19. They may show immunity to other coronaviruses such as the common cold. Therefore a positive test does not necessarily confirm resolution of COVID-19. Also know that it is not known whether those who do tests positive for antibodies actually have meaningful immunity to COVID-19. A negative test does, however, confirm that you have not had or resolved a COVID-19 (or other coronavirus) infection with a small caveat - there have been false negative tests reported.
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.