At Raleigh Group, we’ve been mounting every effort to #StopTheSpread of the Coronavirus. Your family’s well-being is still at the forefront of our priorities. We understand that sniffles, scrapes, bumps, and other health-related events don’t come to a screeching halt due to a pandemic. As parents, it’s important to do what you can to ensure that your child remains healthy, and that includes continuing to maintain a relationship with your pediatrician. As your primary pediatric healthcare provider, Raleigh Group has maintained a strict set of policies to ensure our staff and the families we serve are protected from COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that hadn’t been previously seen in humans prior to 2019. At the beginning of 2020, we saw this deadly virus hit U.S. soil and spread rapidly across the rest of the world. An upper respiratory infection, COVID-19 can present with symptoms ranging from mild to severe, and in some cases may even result in death.
Coronavirus has a 14 day incubation period during which quarantine is recommended. While most individuals only experience mild symptoms, COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of around half a million Americans and those numbers are expected to increase.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website.
We want all of our patients to know that we’re taking every precaution necessary to staunch the spread of COVID-19. As pediatricians and your patient-centered medical home, we’re dedicated to ensuring the safety of your growing family. We’re here to guide you and to help you make the best healthcare decisions for your children.
All of our staff, from front office administrators to our pediatricians wear protective medical-grade masks and receive COVID-19 testing if exposure is expected. In fact, as healthcare professionals, most of our staff is fully vaccinated, reducing our risk of transmission. However, we’re still taking precautions, and in addition to face masks, any staff members that come into direct contact with patients wear face shields and other protective equipment including disposable covers and suits.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we adhere to a rigorous sanitation policy for each of our clinics. All exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned between each patient visit. We sanitize all surfaces, including the front office, exam room countertops, and other communal areas. Our air filters are regularly cleaned and replaced, and we have designated areas for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients that are separate from the rest of our facilities.
At our Raleigh location, we’ve designated separate entrances for well-visits and sick-visits. All suspected COVID-19 visits are isolated into one unity of the facility to minimize spread. As with most businesses and healthcare offices, we require that a mask be worn at all times during your visit.
In addition to the procedures outlined above for our Raleigh office, our clinic in Eads, TN has made arrangements to perform COVID-19 tests from the convenience of your vehicle to reduce potential contamination. Again, we’re taking every precaution available to keep your family healthy and safe while we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
At this time, there are two different COVID-19 vaccines available that have been deemed safe by the FDA. Both of these vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing the spread and contraction of coronavirus. Healthcare, the elderly (65+), and those in at-risk categories are now currently eligible to receive a vaccine. Check your state guidelines for more information on COVID-19 vaccination.
For more information on the various vaccines, their side effects, and who can receive them visit the CDC’s site dedicated to the COVID-19 vaccines.
If your child is 16 years or older, it is safe for them to get the Pzifer brand COVID-19 vaccine. However, this is for emergency cases only. Ask your provider if your child is eligible. At this time, children below the age of 16 are not eligible to receive the vaccine as trials are still being conducted for this age group. Unfortunately, we don’t know when these vaccines will be available, but some experts think that they will be available for the 2021-2022 school year. We will release more information as it becomes available.
Fighting the spread of COVID-19 is a group effort. Raleigh Group is doing its part and we encourage all of our patients to do the same by wearing masks, staying socially distanced, and staying home when possible. Keep up to date with us by following us on Facebook, and help us #StopTheSpread.
If you have any questions or think your family may have come in contact with COVID-19, our pediatricians in Memphis are prepared to help.