In the midst of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the CDC recommends that patients with mild symptoms stay at home. Children with fever and difficulty breathing who meet the criteria for coronavirus exposure should contact the nearest emergency center for further evaluation and testing.
Currently Northeast Pediatrics has two testing options.
- We have a molecular test, equal in accuracy to the PCR test, in our office which gives results in 15-20 minutes. This is for patients who have symptoms that could be consistent with Covid-19. This swab can be done via the front part of the nose, the back of the throat, or the deep nasal swab which goes to the back of the throat (NP swab).
- We also have the ability to test asymptomatic patients with an NP swab that we send out to Beaumont laboratory and typically get the result in 1-3 days.
In an attempt to limit the possible exposure of well children, Northeast Pediatrics is temporarily going to schedule WELL patient appointments throughout the day and SICK appointments in the afternoon. We have changed the layout of the office to isolate the SICK areas from the WELL areas so please pay attention to the posted signs.
Accommodations will be made throughout the day for emergency sick visits.
Please refer to the CDC website regarding up-to-date information regarding this virus and outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html