COVID-19 & Office Update

Friends,
We wish to extend this update to assure you of our ongoing availability to help as we all navigate the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations are constantly changing and being updated as the situation unfolds. Please continue to check our website periodically and the constantly updated sources listed below.
We have changed some of our office schedules and procedures. Please call us at (301) 681-6730 before coming to the office as there may be shortening of available office hours.
To minimize risks and exposure for our patients and staff, we have separated “sick” and “well child” visit times to prevent overlap in the office.
We have dedicated exam rooms for sick patients only. Rooms are disinfected after each patient. Providers and clinical staff are wearing the appropriate protective equipment for each patient situation.
Our normal “walk-in” clinics on Monday and Fridays have been CANCELLED until further notice. We would like to have the opportunity to speak with you and discuss your child’s needs and if needed schedule an office visit.
Also, we are now utilizing virtual visits for some situations and visits. We can arrange virtual visits for routine medication rechecks, behavior concerns, and developmental concerns. Some illness related concerns may also be considered for a virtual visit. Please be patient with us as this is new and we are learning the system.  We are dedicated to providing the best care possible but virtual visits may not be appropriate for all illness concerns and cannot always replace an in-person office visit.
At this time if you or your child have recently traveled to a known COVID-19 region or have had direct contact (generally contact within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) with a known case and are feeling ill, we ask that you remain at home and notify us by phone so we can follow the currently established guidelines and potentially avoid exposure to patient and providers in our offices. It is also useful to know the nature of any illness visit to plan the proper timing and arrival details for patients.
We continue to be available to assist with other illness and concerns. At this time, we continue to be available for well and preventive care; however, in compliance with public health instructions, in-office visits will be limited to essential visits. Therefore, we will continue to see infants and young children for their well visits associated with important immunizations. At this time, it is appropriate to reschedule routine well visits for older children without pressing concerns and not needing timely immunizations. With uncertainty as to the length of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worthwhile to continue prevention for other diseases (e.g. immunizations), as conditions permit. We do not want epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases to follow this COVID-19 pandemic! We will help you determine which well visits should occur now and which should be postponed.
The best defense in general to any viral infection is good hand washing.
Other sources of answers for many common questions include: healthychildren.org (click on the “2019 Coronavirus” tab) and CDC.gov (especially the “Keep Work, Schools and Communities Safe” tab).
We are closely monitoring this constantly changing and developing concern and will provide additional updates as necessary. Please watch our website www.pacaremd.com as well for any additional office schedule changes.