Over the past few weeks, we have been experiencing a high volume of sick patients and a high demand for COVID testing. It’s also back to school season, so we are trying our best to see physicals and fill out school and sports forms. These high demands have also increased our call volume, coupled with a staffing shortage.
We want to provide our patients with the best care and offer as many services as possible, but unfortunately we made the difficult decision to temporarily stop testing asymptomatic patients effective 9-7-21. This means if you are exposed and don’t have symptoms or if you need a test for clearance and don’t have symptoms, we will refer you to an outside facility for testing. We are hoping this is only temporary and we can resume testing once our volume decreases.
We have put together a list of some of the testing sites in our area and we will post this on our website. We appreciate your patience with us!
Here are a few general tips on the latest COVID19 guidance:
- If your child had a close contact exposure OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, is not fully vaccinated for Covid19, and is not experiencing any symptoms, they should quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. They can be tested immediately, and if negative, tested again in 5-7 days or if symptoms start. However, a 14 day quarantine is required even if they test negative for COVID19.
- If your child had a close contact exposure IN SCHOOL, is not fully vaccinated for Covid19, and is not experiencing any symptoms, follow the same guidance. The Health Department or school nurse will conduct an investigation and let you know if your child needs to quarantine. Burlington Pediatrics can’t determine this for your child.
- If your child had a close contact exposure, is fully vaccinated for Covid19, and is not experiencing any symptoms, they are not required to quarantine. Fully vaccinated people can get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. They must wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
- If your child is experiencing Covid19 symptoms, whether or not they are considered a close contact exposure or whether or not they are vaccinated for Covid19, you can schedule an appointment with one of our providers. During this visit their provider will determine if they should be tested for Covid19.