COVID 19 News and Updates

Where Can I get tested for COVID-19?

Updated: August 7th, 2020

Due to the increased demand in testing, many testing sites are low or do not have adequate supplies for testing of individuals without symptoms. Please be patient. If you feel you have been exposed, you must quarantine for two weeks or until you can get tested. We are not testing for COVID-19 in office. Check back for further details.

New locations to test are being established throughout the valley. You can find information below. Be sure to find out days and times they are open and if an appointment is needed before heading down.

How are we keeping patients safe in our office?

Each employee is screened upon arriving and temperature/symptom checks are done daily. Routine COVID testing is done if any employee shows an elevated temperature and is sent home. Guidelines for returning.

  1. We have complete separation between well and sick patients at the office. They come in separate entrances, and see separate providers. They do not cross paths.
  2. We screen families by phone, Telehealth and at the front door prior to being seen. If by some chance there seems to be a family with a high risk exposure to Covid-19, they are referred to a testing center and are not seen in the office. Our staff is also screened daily.
  3. We have eliminated the waiting room and patients are brought back directly into exam rooms. The check out process is also completed in the exam rooms so that once finished, the family can exit the way they came in. No need to stop at check out to schedule your next appointment.
  4. We now have our Telehealth platform for virtual office visits open during 9-5 M-F and on weekends from 9-12 for your convenience. See one of our providers from the comfort of your home via secure video chat. To schedule just call the office main number.

What about Well Checks and vaccinations?

I know that it seems a bit counter intuitive but currently the American Academy of Pediatrics still recommends keeping your child on their routine vaccine schedule during these times. This is to prevent a mass wave of non vaccinated infants and children, as a result of this pandemic, which in turn can lead to additional outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases as we come out of this.
I hope that this has been helpful and informative for you. Please remember, that if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you and best of health to all of our families.

Dr. Bakerink

Parent Resources

CDC- Steps to Protecting Children

What is Corona Virus

Working and Learning From Home During The Outbreak