Hand In Hand Pediatrics
725 River Road, Suite 208,     Edgewater, NJ 07020  |  tel: 201.840.8055
(We are located next to Trader Joe's)

COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATED 03/08/2020

As most of you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading within the community and is a growing concern. With symptoms similar to flu and the rise in community spread, it is harder to isolate and distinguish who is at risk and who is not. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other patients and others in the community, we recommend staying home and contacting the office when you have any symptoms of COVID 19:

Fever
Cold
Cough
Shortness of Breath

Currently, only the CDC and specific approved state labs have access to the test. Since we do not have the ability to test for COVID-19, nor the necessary space and equipment for proper isolation precautions, we would not be addressing patients with any symptoms of COVID-19 in the clinic. In the interest of preventing the spread and protecting the community, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE WITH THE SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE IF YOU ARE OVER 6 MONTHS OLD.

For patients older than 6 months of age with any of the COVID-19 symptoms, we will be using telemedicine to evaluate patients and assess if further testing is necessary. If concern for COVID-19 is significant, then we will have to refer you the nearest location where the testing is available.

Telemedicine is a way of using a smartphone, tablet or computer to conduct a medical visit through video with the physician from the comfort of your home or any other location, instead of going to an office or hospital. All video sessions will be conducted through ZOOM and are HIPAA compliant. Although not necessarily ideal, we believe it is the best way to prevent spread between the staff and families of Hand in Hand Pediatrics.

The telemedicine option will be currently be available to all existing patients with COVID-19 symptoms. If it goes well, we will open the option to other patients as well. We will keep you posted of any updates to telemedicine.

 At the time of scheduling the telemedicine visit, families will pay $55 and the charges will be submitted to your insurance company. The payment will be applied to any applicable copay or deductible. Depending on how your insurance company covers telemedicine visits, you may have additional responsibilities or may be eligible for credit or partial refund. Your insurance coverage will make this determination.

We understand your concerns and appreciate your help and consideration in helping keeping the community safe from COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the recommendations by the authorities of our local, state, and federal health departments and change our policies accordingly.

Update on 03/05/2020
There has been increasing concerns regarding the COVID-19 infection. As a parent and professional, I recognize and understand how much remains unknown about COVID-19 and its impact. To assist with general inquiries about what to do when you suspect and how to prevent, below is some information.

Although there has been a few cases in the NY and NJ area, according current news and expert reports, the risk still remains low. Currently, the largest amount of cases is outside of the US, in places like China, Japan, South Korea and Italy. However, intracommunity spread is increasing. The disease is more likely to affect the elderly and has less impact on the young.

COVID-19 is spread from person to person. It is suspected to spread between people in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.

People can prevent the spread by avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Also, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cold symptoms, coughing and shortness of breathing. If you are sick with these symptoms, you should stay home to keep from spreading the illness to others. Also, cover your cough and sneezing with tissue. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For the safety of staff and other patients, please do not come to the office if there is any suspicion or symptoms of COVID-19. Instead call the office so we can take the necessary steps to assess and take the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the office.