Patient Guidelines and More
For the safety of our patients and staff, and to lower their likelihood of exposure to any illness including COVID-19, Meadville Pediatrics has implemented the following office policies:
***EFFECTIVE 4/20/2020 - ALL PERSONS ENTERING LIBERTY STREET MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING WILL BE SCREENED BY MMC STAFF FOR ANY SYMPTOMS, HAVE TEMPERATURE TAKEN AND GIVEN A MASK.
WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD ARE NOT WELL!
DO NOT ENTER OUR WAITING ROOM UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH A NURSE FROM OUR OFFICE IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL.
**We will be seeing ALL SICK patients in our back-exam rooms. At this time, when you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our staff sitting at the front door. She will check you in and take your co-pay. If there happens to not be a person there, please read signs posted on our door directing you where to go. IF YOU HAVE A SICK CHILD, DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE WAITING ROOM without being told to do so. You will be called to enter through the back door of our office to be seen by a provider. You may be asked to wait in your car until an exam room is available. We will call when the room is available.
**All well child visits will be directed into our waiting room as normal for check in. We encourage parents to keep their appointments, especially under the age of two, particularly if they require immunizations to continue on the immunization schedule. Over the age of two, parents can use their own discretion to postpone the appointment until the COVID crisis is over, and we will gladly reschedule if you choose to do so.
***we will have NO WALK IN APPOINTMENTS at this time. Please call and schedule ALL appointments if you plan to come to the office for any reason.
** We ask that you not bring additional children to your appointment UNLESS they also have an appointment. If absolutely necessary to bring another child to the appointment, we ask that you limit to ONE child. Please only one adult in the room.
**Our play room will be temporarily closed. All books and magazines will be removed from the waiting area and patient rooms. Please bring your own toys or books to keep your child entertained if necessary
**THE WAITING ROOM WILL BE FOR WELL CHILD APPOINTMENTS ONLY!
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not previously seen in humans.
An outbreak of COVID-19 began in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province. To date, cases of COVID-19 have spread around the world, making the condition one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases.
COVID-19 can cause fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This virus is spread through human contact, much like the cold or flu. There is not yet a vaccine or medication approved to treat it.
The virus has been identified in over 100,000 people across the globe. While most people recover from COVID-19, it can be life-threatening. Fortunately, COVID-19 appears to be a milder disease in pediatric patients.
How to Find Help
Please visit the CDC website for up to date information
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People most at risk of contracting COVID-19 are those who have traveled to places where person-to-person transmission of the virus is occurring, and/or those who have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus, whether you have symptoms or not, you should contact our office or use Medent Patient Portal – where you can send a message to our nurses and physicians and to receive initial guidance.
If you are experiencing a fever, cough, and trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care. If you can, call ahead of time so they may prepare for your arrival and prevent the spread of any illness, but do not delay if you have severe breathing problems.