This is a rapidly evolving story.

There is a new strain of a virus causing what is now commonly referred to as the Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, that has been spreading all through the world.

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT PRIMECARE.

We are aware of the current uncertainty of the situation regarding COVID-19. We are following all the guidelines issues by the local, state and federal authorities, and all relevant government agencies including the AAP, CDC and WHO.

For now we have instituted the following measures:

  1. Frequent washing of hands by our employees, and cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces and our facility and equipment
  2. Limiting the number of patients in the office at any given time
  3. Separating WELL and SICK appointments, with separate waiting areas and examination rooms,  in such a way that they do not come in contact with one another.
  4. Restricting walk-ins
  5. Triaging all patients with fever over the phone to determine if they need to be seen in the office or directed to the appropriate facility.
  6. Encourage our staff on the appropriate use of masks and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  7. Advise that parents adhere to our policy of one parent per patient, and not bring siblings who are not sick along
  8. As much as possible, care-givers are strongly advised not to come to their appointment with the elderly, or have them bring children for their appointment
  9. If you are exposed, or suspect you may have been exposed, to someone with COVID-19, being on a cruise or recently traveled to an area with COVID-19, we recommend that you follow all government guidelines and recommendations including self-isolation or quarantine.
  10. We are not testing for COVID-19 at the moment. If you think your child needs to be tested for COVID-19, please call CHOA or the Health Department and you will be directed to the appropriate facility to be tested.

 

SITUATION SUMMARY

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) – Live Map Update.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

 

IF YOU ARE SICK

 

PEOPLE AT RISK FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS FROM COVID-19

 

CHILDREN AND COVID-19

 

BREASTFEEDING AND COVID-19

Much is unknown about how COVID-19 is spread. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza (flu) and other respiratory pathogens spread. In limited studies on women with COVID-19 and another coronavirus infection, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), the virus has not been detected in breast milk; however we do not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk.

If mothers with COVID-19 are separated from their infants, they should express breastmilk but should wash their hands thoroughly and disinfect the pump and bottles. Someone who is healthy should feed the child.

If an infected mother decides to breastfeed, she should wear a face mask and wash her hands.

For more information about COVID-19 and breastfeeding, visit breastfeeding and COVID-19

 

COWETA COUNTY, GA UPDATE – LOCAL COVID-19 SITUATION

 

GEORGIA STATE COVID-19 UPDATE

For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Georgia, please follow the links below.

 

USA AND COVID-19 UPDATE

Click here for the latest update.