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COVID UPDATES

New COVID guidelines for isolation and quarantine Jan 2022

Isolation of those who are infected with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home and isolate for 5 days from onset of symptoms.
  • After 5 days, if your symptoms are resolving or gone, you can go out in public with a mask on for 5 more days. If you have fever, wait until this is gone for 24 hours.

Quarantine with COVID exposure:

Vaccinated with booster OR finished primary series within 6 months:

  • Wear mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5 if possible

Unvaccinated OR no booster and > 6 months since primary vaccine set:

  • Quarantine x5 days then mask x5 days, with test at day 5 if possible.
  • Alternatively, if quarantine is not feasible, can go around others with tight fitting mask x 10 days (not ideal). Test day 5 if possible.

* Rapid test and home test are acceptable. PCR is always more accurate.

Again, test and appointments are limited and children who are sick must be prioritized over asymptomatic, exposed children. Other testing sites in the city are available as well if needed.

What should I do if my child was exposed?

What should I do if my child test positive?

Mask Mandates

Carithers Pediatrics agrees with the AAP and CDC and hundreds of physicians across Florida that mask are beneficial in protecting others from the spread of the disease. Not only do we think that it protected kids from the spread of COVID last year, but also observed that it protected them from the flu and many other winter viruses. Therefore, the CDC guidelines for wearing masks for COVID-exposed people (despite vaccination status) should be strictly followed as well as the guidelines for COVID positive people who leave isolation at day 5.

COVID VACCINES:

We join the AAP and CDC in strongly encouraging you to protect your children with the vaccine as soon as possible. Please read this letter from the Chief Medical Officer of Wolfson Children’s Hospital as it is very detailed and informative.

We do not have the vaccine in our office but the local pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens, all provide the vaccine to ages 5 and up.

Also, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia continues to provide comprehensive information on vaccines, with world-renowned, Washington advisor, Dr. Paul Offit.

OFFICE VISIT QUESTIONS

What are the office procedures to protect me?

Due to current public health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, in order to minimize exposure, we have increased sanitization methods, eliminated the waiting room, enacted a face mask policy, and installed a remote check in system.

FACE MASK POLICY:

We continue to require face masks/face coverings to be worn during the entire visit. This policy applies to both parents and patients age 2 and older.

Visits at both offices:

We ask that all patients be accompanied without siblings (if possible) and strollers. We prefer only one healthy caregiver accompany the patient to the appointment, although newborn appointments can be attended by both parents.

We ask that all registration be performed online through our Phreesia link before arriving at the office.

We will bring patients back to exam rooms as quickly as possible to see their scheduled provider. Exam rooms will be cleaned extensively between patients.

Non-COVID well and sick/problem-focused visits:

Carithers has continued to stay committed to keeping your child healthy as well as serving the sick and keeping them out of the ER when possible.  We strongly encourage you to keep your child’s check ups and problem-focused appointments. Throughout the country, both adults and children have experienced increases in other health-related issues due to missed well and sick appointments. Preventative measures and vaccines prescribed at check ups as well as assessment of problems before they get more serious are still the best way to keep your child as healthy as possible, especially during a pandemic.

SHOT-ONLY APPOINTMENTS:

To avoid any waiting in the office waiting room, we request that you schedule your shot-only appointment ahead of time. Our nurses are available Monday- Friday for these visits. Your child must be current on well-care for this appointment. We have many openings available to fit your busy schedule. We look forward to caring for your family.

UPDATES

We recommend the links below for coronavirus updates.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

As always, we strive to provide your family with the best possible medical care. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in this stressful time. 

Proudly Serving Children in Two Locations

Riverside

2121 Park Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204

904.387.6200

Southside

7741 Point Meadows Drive, Suite 207

Jacksonville, FL 32256

904.997.0023