Our office does not test for Covid-19. If you have no immediate health concerns regarding your child's condition, but would like to find out if he / she should be tested, you may contact Patient First in Mechanicsburg (717) 943-1781, or in Lancaster at (717) 925-2995 and answer the screening questions first. An appointment will be given if appropriate. If you have a concern about your child's symptoms and would like him / her to be seen by a physician, please contact our office for an appointment at (717) 652-7616. Please note that for the safety of our staff and patients, this appointment may need to be done by video rather than an in-office appointment. If warranted, you may be asked to bring your child into the office.
If you feel your child may have been exposed to the virus but there are no symptoms, it is best to keep him / her home for 14 days from the time of exposure. For those with symptoms, please isolate for 14 days. If there are symptoms, even with a negative Covid test, you will need to continue to isolate. *No clearances will be given by our office for any child with symptoms. See below for more information.
We understand that many things have changed for all of us during the past several months. We just want to say a big 'Thank You' for your patience as we work with an overwhelming number of phone calls, some staff shortages and at times, shortened office hours.
As a reminder, face masks are required for everyone over the age of 2 when visiting the office. In order to lower the risk to all patients and staff, we also ask that only one healthy parent accompany the child to the appointment. Please contact our office with any questions.
The best thing for your family is to minimize exposure to others by wearing face masks in public or when you are with other people. This will also greatly decrease your family's risk of having a loved one contract the virus. If your child is experiencing symptoms of an illness that concern you, please contact the office to find out if an office visit or a virtual visit is warranted. Most importantly, don't panic.
We are grateful that you put your trust in our Pediatric staff and we will continue to educate ourselves so that we can provide your children with the best possible care. However, this pandemic is new to everyone and it can sometimes be difficult for us to answer all of your questions, especially with the many different chains of exposure that your family may experience daily. For this reason, we feel it is best to direct you to the following links below for all of your COVID-19 concerns, including exposure and testing criteria. Please explore the links below:
Healthy Starts Pediatrics, PC
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