COVID-19

A MESSAGE FOR OUR VPG FAMILIES ON COVID-19:

We would like to give an update about how Virginia Pediatric Group is handling the COVID-19 outbreak.  The health and well-being of our patients, families, and staff continue to be our top priority.  The situation is evolving rapidly and we are making every effort to implement protocols to maximize safety within our office while providing the best care to our patients. For now, here are things you need to know.  

As of July 1, 2020 VPG has implemented the following changes:
 

Office Hours:

  • Fairfax and Aldie office spaces will be open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri and 8-12pm Sat.
  • Herndon office is open Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri 9am-5pm.
  • Great Falls office will be open Thursdays 9am-5pm.
  • WE ARE ALSO OFFERING telemedicine visits available before and after hours.
Telemed Well Visits: age 2 and older; NOW AVAILABLE for certain insurances. Please call to set appointment and click on link for how to measure your child  and how to measure your baby at home
 
COVID-19 Testing: now available as curbside send-out testing in Fairfax (Wed & Thur), Herndon (Mon, Tue, & Fri), and Aldie (Wed & Thur) after Telemed visit.
 
Well Visits: We encourage in office well visits and vaccinations for all ages. In addition to in office well visits, we are continuing to schedule telemedicine sick and well visits.  We will now be able to schedule patients with Anthem Healthkeepers Plus and United Healthcare Community Plan. Our Herndon Location is now open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our Great Falls office is now open every Thursday.
 

*We are seeing febrile patients outdoors

*We have COVID19 Rapid and  Antibody testing, with provider visit and order.

Curbside Check-In: you will be texted while waiting in your car with your room number.
 
Curbside Vaccinations: offered after Telemed visit, Herndon on Tue, Fairfax on Wed, & Aldie on Thur; M-Fri, 9-11am.
 
Curbside Labs: offered after Telemed visit if determined by provider, Herndon office Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri and Aldie/Fairfax offices M-Fri , 2-4pm.
 
 

VPG has already implemented the following changes to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Screening patients by phone with fever or cough and using telemedicine to manage care
  • Increasing use of telemedicine visits
  • Disinfecting rooms and office spaces/equipment more frequently per protocol
  • Separate blocks of time for well only and sick only patients
  • Reducing time and exposure in waiting areas

Before Your Next Visit

Please call the office to schedule a visit to Virginia Pediatric Group. Face masks are mandatory upon entering our offices. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER OUR OFFICES WITHOUT CALLING IN ADVANCE. You will be able to speak to our triage nurses to discuss whether you should come into the clinic.  

COVID-19 usually causes mild illness in children.  The most common symptoms are fever or cough.  Many children have no symptoms at all.   Like all viruses, there is no treatment that our group (or emergency rooms/urgent care clinics) can provide to speed recovery. Even if you think your child may have COVID 19, you probably WILL NOT need to visit our office. However, we are able to assess and advise you on COVID-19 type symptoms through Telemedicine visits.

IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS OR MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR HAS FEVER OR COUGH, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AND YOU WILL BE ADVISED ON THE NEXT STEPS.  PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN AS THIS CAUSES INCREASED RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO OUR STAFF AND OTHER PATIENTS. 

 

If your child is ill, but does not need to be seen in person, we are able to offer Telemedicine visits. Your provider will be able to see your child, speak to you, and provide care and treatment for a variety of conditions as well as for behavioral and mental health concerns.  We will be able to arrange referrals and send in prescriptions all over video chat. Please set up your Telemedicine account now. 

Well Child Checks

At this time, we feel it is important to stay on track with your child’s well visits and vaccinations.  In order to limit risk of infection, we will be scheduling well visits during a time period when sick visits are not being seen in the office, in addition to measures listed above.   

To reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 to our patients, staff,  and their families, we are REQUESTING the following:

  • We are requesting families limit the number of caregivers bringing the child to the office.  One parent per child.
  • We are requesting families to bring only the patient to the office with no siblings.
  • We are requesting people over 60 to avoid the office unless there is absolutely no alternative, and they are the child’s caregiver

The Health Department recommends that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses: 

  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including pregnant women, older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions should avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, or places where large groups of people congregate, such as ticketed events (such as theaters, concert halls, and sporting events). 
  • Avoid travel to all areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours, except to get medical care. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and social distancing (6 feet away)
  • Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. Call ahead to let them know of your symptoms.
  • Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about COVID-19.
  • Healthy eating, exercise, and adequate sleep help you stay healthy

We want to urge our patient and families to stay updated on this information and to use the following resources for more detailed information:

CDC

 

AAP Healthy Children

Child Mind Institute

National Child Trauma Stress Network

FFX County DH

Loudon County DH

VDH

VA DOE

Virginia Pediatric Group

Our offices will continue to remain open but there may be changes to appointment times, scheduling, and possibly providers. These changes are designed to keep all our patients and staff safe. We will continue to work to provide you with the very best care!  We will also continue to provide you with updates as they become available.