Covid-19 and Alger Pediatrics

Like most of America, Alger Pediatrics will be making changes to try to limit the spread of infection in our community and follow the recommendations of public health officials.  Thank you for your understanding as we work together to remain open for your children.

  1. Covid-19/Coronavirus information:  check the CDC or WHO.  Spectrum health also has a nice summary site.  CURRENTLY TESTING FOR COVID-19 IS LARGELY UNAVAILABLE!

       2.  Children have mild Covid-19 disease – Thankfully children (<20 years) have had                 mild disease – fever (often less than 24 hours), cough, sore throat.  There is no                 treatment for Coronavirus.  The best thing to do is stay home.  Call only if your                   child is acting sick (respiratory distress, dehydration, fever of 4 or more days, etc.)

       3.  AM Clinic:  Our AM clinic will run on a call ahead basis (can be from the parking lot)             to keep our staff and health patients healthy.  Phones will go on at 7:15 - Patients               who have cough and fever will be asked to speak to a nurse before entering the                 building.

       4.   Please call before entering the building.

       5.  Waiting Room is closed:  We have packed up the books & toys, and we are not                   using the waiting room.  Call the office when you arrive for your appointment and               stay in your car until we get you.

       6.  Avoid coming in:  When available, healthy siblings should not come to                                 appointments.  If your child is overall acting well – despite fever or cough, DO NOT             come in.  ERs and Urgent Cares will also turn away well-acting patients with fever               and cough.

       7.  Virtual visits:  When possible, we will arrange telemedicine visits with a doctor to                 keep you away from illness.  Please download the Care Convene App to your phone             to be ready.  Yet an actual appointment must be requested by phone.

       8.  Well Visits:  At this time, we will continue to see well children for physicals.  We are             separating healthy and sick visits – both by times of the day and also by location                 within the office.

       9.  Patience:  Thank you for your patience.  Our staff is working extra hard to keep our             facility clean and to be available to answer your questions.  We appreciate your                   kindness.

 Remember that Covid-19 does not appear to pose serious risk to most children.  Practice good handwashing, try to avoid touching your face (as difficult as that is!), and stay home as much as possible.  Stay calm and carry on!