Important Information for Patients Visiting Premier Pediatrics

If you have symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus
CALL FOR INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU COME
so that we can limit potential exposure to our other patients and staff.

Due to social distancing, we have the following options available for our patients:

  1. If your child is ill, please call our office first so they can be screened over the phone. If an appointment is needed, we will scheduled it at that time.
  2. If you are scheduled for a appointment and your child is having any symptoms that could be related to an illness, call our office before coming to the appointment.
  3. If you child shows symptoms of illness that need to be assessed in the office, we will either put you in a room immediately upon arrival or we will ask you to wait in your car until a room is ready.
  4. Upon arrival, well or non-infectious patients will be moved into a room on the opposite side of the clinic to prevent the spread of infections.
  5. Please inform your child that staff and other patients may be wearing masks, gloves and other protective equipment.
  6. We strongly encourage only one caregiver with each patient. If it is possible, please do not bring siblings/children not being seen to clinic to the appointment. 

Recommendations are updating daily. We have made these adjustments to our clinic in order to provide the BEST care for your little ones. You can keep up with the most up to date recommendations at CDC.gov and AAP.org.

FACTS ABOUT COVID-19

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms that may appear 2 to 14 days following exposure to the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

COVID-19 RISK FACTORS

  1. Travel to an affected country/region
  2. Close contact (within 6 feet) with a person diagnosed with COVID-19

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE COVID-19

If you suspect you have COVID-19 AND you have one of more of the risk factors, immediately call your primary care physician for instruction.  If you do not have a primary care provider, call the Louisiana Department of Health general information line (2-1-1 or  1-855-523-2652) or your preferred healthcare provider (urgent care, emergency department) for instructions. 

DO NOT ARRIVE AT ANY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WITHOUT CALLING FIRST TO GET INSTRUCTIONS. Arriving at a location without getting instruction risks exposure of others who do not have this virus. 

IF YOUR CONDITION IS LIFE-THREATENING, CALL 9-1-1, but be sure to SHARE YOUR SYMPTOMS and RISK FACTORS with the operator so appropriate measures can be taken when transporting you to a healthcare facility.

Avoid public areas.  Stay at home in a specific room and away from others in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom from others in your home.   I would just say “stay home if you are sick”

Limit contact with pets and animals. Since little is known about this virus, avoid contact with your pets. If you must care for a pet while ill, wash your hands before interacting with the pet and wear a facemask.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. Dispose of tissues in a lined trashcan. Wash your hands immediately.

Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your face.  Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean household/personal items daily. These include your dishes, cell phone, computer keyboard, door knobs, countertops, sink faucet handles, etc.