Office Safety Protocols/TIPS/Useful links
Well child checks have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics as of 5/8/20.
Please call us if your child’s checkup is due or was cancelled.Is It Safe To Send My Child To Daycare During COVID-19? Where Can I Get COVID19 Testing For My Family? For Telehealth Info - Click Here
Safety Protocols at Kiwi Pediatrics:
- Our offices are open for in person visits Monday-Friday 9am-5 pm and Saturdays 9am-12 noon. We also are conducting telehealth virtual visits. No Walk Ins Please.
- Prenatal individual and group visits are available via telehealth. Click Here
- All In Person Office Visits are pre-screened including temperature checks and screening questions before anyone can enter the premises (caregiver too.)
- We are limiting entrance to the patient and a single caregiver. If you have someone to watch your other children, please do not bring them along.
- Protocol for Entry to the office: Please call us from your car on arrival because the entry is closed. Please wait in you car or outside until we are ready to see you. We keep the front door closed so we can keep the waiting room empty. Before entering the office, everyone will be screened including a temperature check, then you will go straight to the exam room. There will be a limit on the number of patients inside the office with social distancing protocols carefully followed.
- The office is well-cleaned and we fully wipe down the office between every patient (including sink handles, door knobs, blood pressure cuffs etc ).
- WELL VISITS: Well children only are seen at the start of the day and before any sick visits are seen.
- SICK VISITS: Certain types of (non covid-like) sick visits are available. Please call us with questions. These are available in the afternoons, so that we can separate well visits from other visits. Many sick visits can be managed with telehealth.
- Walk-ins are not allowed. Forms and paperwork can be handled by phone/email with the front office.
- No one with Covid-19 like symptoms can be seen inside the Kiwi offices, but we can advise you. If you have suspected symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19, please call us. We will provide thorough guidance for you and your family.
- Testing for COVID-19 - click here.
- Antibody Testing for Covid-19- there is no indication for antibody testing presently.
- Screening: We are screening everyone who comes into our office before entering the premises with questions and temperature checks.
- Mask Policy: everyone 2 years old and older must wear a mask here at Kiwi in accordance with current California State mandates. Please bring your own mask/s, but we have masks available here if you need one. Mask donations - if you are making masks for donation, we are in greatest need of child-size masks. Many thank yous to all who have, and are, donating masks to Kiwi. We are truly appreciative. For safety reasons, children under two years old should NOT wear a mask. For Children and Mask safety tips /click here.
Coronavirus safety - Tips from The NY Times :
What you can do:
Experts’ understanding of how Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards.
You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:
- Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.
- Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.
- Avoid touching your face. The virus primarily spreads when contaminated hands touch our nose or mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.
- Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from any potential infection from you. The more people wear masks, the more we all stay safer.
- Mask Safety - children under two years old should NOT wear a mask. Mask safety tips for children/click here. For the health and safety of all, please follow the mask protocols for your county of residence.
- - Shelter in place is working. Stay at home, practice social distancing, wear your mask to protect others when you leave your home. The Bay Area has flattened the curve! As the state begins opening up step by step, please continue following all guidelines for your safety and for the safety of all.
- Hand washing - this is considered the most important way to protect yourself. This is how to do it, from the CDC: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.)
- CDC FAQ’s
- CDC FAQ’s on Coronavirus and children
- CDC on Prevention and Treatment
- Personal Safety and Emotional Support during Covid-19
- Covered California has opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individual who needs health care coverage amid the COVID-19 national emergency. Any person who meets the Covered California's eligibility requirements can sign up for coverage until July 31st.
- AlamedaKids Resources for Parents during Coronavirus - includes links to resources for parental stress, multilingual sites, children with special needs, immigration, food, transportation, finances.
- Support during Covid-19 from Autism.org
- A News Report just for kids (from NPR) - a 3 minute listen
- What Do You Do If You Think You Are Sick? - CDC
- 10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus - the NY Times
- Things To Do With Your Kids
- 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with your Kids
- Giant List of ideas for Being Home With Your Kids
- Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus - the NY Times
- Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak - from the AAP
- VIRTUAL and FREE Car Seat Safety Evaluations by AAA (you don’t need to be a AAA member)