At PCU, our highest priority is to keep your children and your family HEALTHY and SAFE.
We are so thankful that the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to slow and that many have now received one or both of the COVID Vaccines!! As such, we were beginning to gradually return to more normal operations at our office and were trying to lift some of our restrictions.
Prior to your arrival at the office, we are asking ALL patients to complete the Pre-Check In on their computer, tablet or phone. This will save you much time as you will be ready to be seen once you arrive at the office. If you have not completed the electronic Pre-Check In before you arrive, you will be asked to complete this on your phone from your vehicle.
The CDC has stated that all evidence shows it is EXTREMELY RARE to contract COVID-19 through contact with surfaces. So we have been in the process of gradually lifting some of the restrictions in our office, and had recently announced that our Waiting Room would be open again for Well Visits and that toys would be placed back in the rooms.
Unfortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the orders of President Biden, has just issued in June 2021, new regulations that apply ONLY to healthcare facilities. Despite the great decline in COVID cases and despite the significant numbers of people being vaccinated, the new OSHA regulations for healthcare offices are forcing us to return to some severe restrictions, which we feel are unreasonable and unnecessary!!
Therefore, until these regulations are changed we will be unable to keep the Waiting Room open. It will also be necessary to return to the practice of limiting the number of family members that may accompany a patient to their appointment. Sadly, the toys have been removed again as well!!
Our staff will continue to triage patients for symptoms of COVID or for exposure to the Corona Virus PRIOR to making an appointment. if someone in the home has recently tested positive for Coronavirus and is still in their isolation or quarantine period, we are still unable to see the child at this time. In those instances, please call the office and we will be able to give you advice as to what is best. This may include things such as recommendations to stay at home and how to best care for your child....or how to obtain any necessary care if your child needs to be seen and evaluated.
For all visits, we still ask that you call/text the office when you arrive in our parking lot, and we will then give you a call or text back when we have an Exam Room ready.
We will continue to designate certain Exam Rooms for all Well Child Visits and while other rooms are being utilized only for Sick Visits. We also will continue to clean and sanitize our rooms and office,
All staff have been instructed in proper handwashing and infection control. Everyone who enters the office (age 2 and over) will continue to be asked to wear their masks in accordance with these new OSHA regulations.
Please Note: WE ARE HERE FOR YOUR CHILDREN during this stressful time. For any questions or concerns, give our office a call and we will be glad to assist you in the best way possible!!
With all of the news and social media coverage, even our kids can become overwhelmed and stressed out. We want to be able to reassure them and you that we are protecting them to the best of our ability....and that, yes, things are continuing to improve and are returning more to normal!
Lastly, we do ENCOURAGE everyone to continue to KEEP your Routine Well Child Visits. Your children are still growing and developing and we want to continue to make sure that they are staying healthy. Your children still NEED their immunizations to keep them from possibly contracting other diseases that may be much worse for kids. And as noted above, we are keeping ALL well visits completely separate from any sick children.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to care for your children!!
And remember....GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!
Click here for our Office Policy regarding Mask Exemptions
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