Every day we as a medical community are learning more about COVID19. Some information is valid from reputable sources, but some is fear mongering or an attempt to sell a product that has not been tested and shown to work.
We are sharing information daily about COVID19 on our social media and are collecting all of that information here for easy reference.
We want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to keep our office safe during this time of unknown risks.
We are still recommending that you bring your kids in for their routine care. At this point the health department is confident that we can contain spread within our clinics with precautions that we have in place. We cannot postpone vaccines at this critical time. It may allow vaccine preventable diseases to return. To help stay safe we have the following procedures in place:
- We are NOT accepting walk in patients at this time. Same day visits are still available. When you call for an appointment we can plan ahead to best meet your needs and keep everyone safe.
- Everyone over the age of 2 years will be asked to cover their mouth and nose with a cloth covering. We understand when young children are in the learning phases of this, but please work with your family to safely wear masks whenever they're in public areas indoors.
- Everyone will have their risks assessed as they enter the office so we can take proper precautions.
Our main concern is the health and wellbeing of our patients, their families and our staff.
What to do if you are exposed or symptomatic and testing information is found here
Up to date information can be found at
Resources for patients and families:
Our physicians are now doing weekly FBLive sessions!
- From our FB Live Page you can see what the next topic will be and ask questions in advance to be sure we'll address it. You can even click the button to be reminded when the time comes!
- Our YouTube channel will keep all the videos in one place.
We now offer virtual visits (telemedicine, telehealth) from the comfort of your own home for many visits. This is billed through your insurance just like an in-office visit and usually is done with the parent and child, though exceptions are made for behavioral consult visits.
Register for Telehealth
today so your family is ready to use this service when needed. See our Video Visits
page for details.
Effective March 30, 2020 due to the increased volume of phone calls and new rules regarding telephone care, phone calls may be billed to your insurance. Update 4/7/2020
: Great news! We've had a chance to look at how insurance is covering the initial telehealth and phone call fees and most are covering them in full. This means there is no charge put to patient responsibility for the large majority of insurance plans, so please don't hesitate to call to schedule a telehealth visit if your child needs to be seen for any reason. We want to continue to provide the best health care for your family during this pandemic.
To help decrease the spread of COVID19 we recommend:
- Stay home if sick unless you need medical attention. If you think you need to be seen, call first.
- If you have exposure to COVID19, please stay home for 14 days.
- If your athlete recovers from COVID19, a sports clearance will be required for KSHAA or MSHSAA return to play. We advise this for all athletes over 12 years of age due to significant heart and lung concerns that can develop after COVID19. For more: Dr. Stuppy's blog.
- Avoid indoor public places whenever possible, even as we open back up. Stay 6 feet away from others (briefly walking by is not high risk). Outdoor gatherings allow for better air flow and spacing between people.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds and rinse with warm water or use a hand sanitizer frequently.
- Wipe down commonly touched surfaces daily.
- Cough into your elbow or a tissue (or your mask if wearing one at the time). Wash your hands if you cough into your hand or tissue. Replace your mask if it is wet/soiled.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first cleaning your hands. Clean again afterwards.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth covering (or use a plastic face shield if masks are not tolerated). Masks should NOT be used in children under 2 years of age. See our Masks page for many tips and reasons to wear masks. We require face coverings in our office but supplies are low so please bring your own.
- Get regular exercise. Go for a walk or ride a bike (weather permitting), throw a dance party in the living room for your family, use online exercise programs at home.
- Call / Skype/ Facetime grandparents and other family members and friends regularly. With everyone practicing social distancing, they'll appreciate it even more than usual.
- Routine helps! Make up a new family routine so kids can know what to expect throughout the day.
- Find new ways to adapt favorite activities to make them safer: do them outside instead of inside, wear masks, try them virtually.
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