- Ohio AAP Family Resource Guide for COVID-19 Updates listed in bold. Last updated 4/3/2023.
Dear West Side Pediatrics Families,
We strongly believe in the science behind vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccines. All of our staff are vaccinated for COVID-19 and we encourage all our eligible patients to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as well. If you have questions about the vaccine, please ask one of our providers for more information and guidance.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for all children aged 6 months and older, both for the primary series of the vaccine as well as booster doses. WSP has Moderna brand COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months - 5 years and Pfizer brand COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 yrs and older in stock. Call the office to schedule your child's COVID-19 vaccination or booster dose today. WSP uses the newer bi-valent COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses (this includes the Omicron variant in the vaccine).
Cincinnati Children's Hospital is also able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all ages. For more information on that, click here:
You can also find community locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine through the Ohio Department of Health: https://gettheshot.coronavirus... The ODH site also has links to a lot of good information to help answer any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have any further questions about the vaccine in regards to your child(ren), please call or message us.
Please continue to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Masking status – either optional or required – is based on the current state and spread of respiratory illness in our community. As conditions change, so may our masking policy for that time. This information will be updated here and at our location entrances any time there is a change. You are always welcome to wear a mask if you prefer, and they are available at the front desk. We also ask that patients put on a mask if they have symptoms of a respiratory illness or are recovering from a COVID infection.
2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue is not readily available. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub (60% alcohol or higher).
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
5. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses.
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Children 2 and over who can reliably wear a mask:
If you are ASYMPTOMATIC: Isolate yourself at home for 5 days after your test day. Then, wear a mask in public places and around other people for the next 5 days.
If you are SYMPTOMATIC: Isolate yourself at home for at least 5 days after your symptoms start. If after 5 days you have been without fever for 24 hrs without medication and your other symptoms are improving, you can end your isolation and wear a mask in public places and around other people for 5 more days. The CDC does not recommend taking a rapid test before ending the isolation period; the at home test can remain positive on average for 5 to 7 days but for up to 6 weeks or longer.
Children under age 2 or who cannot reliably wear a mask over their nose and mouth:
Isolate at home for 10 days after the first day of symptoms. (The first day of symptoms counts as day 0. Isolate through day 10 and return to the public on day 11.)
What if I am exposed to someone who tested positive?
The CDC says you do not need to quarantine after potential exposure. Wear a mask in public places and around other people and get tested 5 days after being exposed or if you develop symptoms. You should continue to wear a mask in public places and around other people for 10 days after your exposure, even if you test negative. If your exposure is to a child who has tested positive in your home, they need to isolate away from other family members, as best as possible. All household members are considered close exposed contacts. The last/most recent day you are exposed to someone with COVID during their contagious period (1-2 days before symptoms start through 5 days after symptoms start) counts as day 0.
What does it mean to isolate?
Try to separate yourself from people as much as possible, stay in your room away from other household members even for meals. Someone should deliver food to your bedroom door. Designate one bathroom for the infected person if you have more than one bathroom. After using a shared bathroom disinfect the toilet seat and handle as well as the faucet handles, soap dispenser, countertop and light switch. Close the toilet lid before you flush. Turn on the exhaust fan and open windows (if weather allows) to improve ventilation in shared areas. If the infected person is a child over age 2, then both the infected person and the caregiver should wear a mask when the caregiver enters the room and open the window if possible. If others are in the house wear a high-quality mask when you leave your room. Everyone over age 2 should mask up in shared spaces. The most important thing is keeping people from breathing air that is filled with germs.
Who do I notify that I tested positive?
Anyone with whom you spent time going back 2 days before you got tested or your symptoms started. The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was less than 6 feet from you for 15 minutes or more.
I have already had Covid. Am I at risk for reinfection?
Yes. The degree of protection you get from previous infection varies widely. Early studies suggest antibodies from past COVID infections are not a strong defense against new or different variants of COVID.
A note on testing: Rapid tests are acceptable. PCR tests take longer but are more sensitive/accurate.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 are answered by the CDC at the following link:
What we are doing at West Side Pediatrics:
1. We are open for our regular office hours Mon-Fri in Taylor Creek and Mon-Sat in Delhi.
2. We are now seeing both well and sick patients in both the Delhi and Taylor Creek locations during all of our office hours!
3. Sick patients will be asked to wait in their cars when they arrive. Call the office to let us know you have arrived when you are in the parking lot. We will text you when we have your exam room ready. You may now just enter via the front door when you receive this text and check-in at the front desk. You are always welcome to wear a mask if you prefer, and they are available at the front desk. We also ask that patients put on a mask if they have symptoms of a respiratory illness or are recovering from a COVID infection.
4. Any patient will be able to have an in-person sick visit in either location, even if they have suspected or known COVID-19, if they desire. Telehealth will still be available but will not be required for any patient. If you or your child has known COVID-19, you will need to reschedule your well visit or other non-sick visit until the family is out of the quarantine period.
5. Please continue to wear a mask at all ill appointments; let a staff member know if you/your child needs a mask when you check-in. During visits that are not for an ill complaint, face masks will now be voluntary. The staff and providers may continue to wear masks at all visits.
6. Testing for COVID-19 is available at WSP! We can test any member of the household, including adults. We will perform the swab at our office and send the swab to either Mobility Health in Mason, OH or Cincinnati Children's Hospital to complete the test. You can also still get testing directly at Children's Hospital, including at the Green Township Location. Results will be available in 24-48 hrs. WSP is now also offering COVID-19 testing both during an office visit, or without an office visit in your car if you do not think your child needs to see a provider. Call the office to schedule an office visit or an in-car COVID-19 test.
7. We are disinfecting all exam rooms after every patient (sick or well). We are also decreasing use of the waiting room. Even if your child is well, you can call from your car when you arrive to ensure an exam room is ready for you to avoid the waiting room if you prefer. If you need to call before entering for a sick visit, you will be instructed so when you make the appointment.
Thank you for allowing us to help keep you and your families safe and healthy. Please contact us should you have any questions.
West Side Pediatrics