What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. Most people will have symptoms like fever, cough, congestion, runny nose and fatigue. For most people COVID-19 is mild, and there is no reason to panic. Most COVID-19 deaths have been in people with underlying medical issues. The efforts to contain this virus are to help protect those most vulnerable in our population.
My child is due for immunizations. Should we wait until this is over?
No. Well child checks and immunizations play a critical role in preventive care. It is important to keep these visits on schedule. We have adjusted our office workflows to maintain a safe environment for our well patients. Morning clinic hours are reserved exclusively for newborn and well child appointments and immunizations. We have designated reserved rooms, additional screening, and cleaning protocols in place to ensure the safety of these spaces. Learn more about why it is important to receive immunizations on schedule.
What should I do if I am worried about COVID-19?
If you have questions about COVID-19 or are concerned you’ve been exposed, please call the WA State DOH at 1-800-525-0127 and press # for next steps.
Can I get tested for COVID-19?
Currently testing capacity in our state is limited. In efforts to protect our providers and staff as well as reduce the risk of contamination in our offices, we are unable to test for COVID-19 in our offices. We are able to refer patients to community sites for testing when appropriate.
This is so scary. Should I panic?
Fortunately, COVID-19 is a mild respiratory infection for most people. Those with underlying health issues are at increased risk. The best course of action is to remain calm and take precautions to protect yourself, your family and the community.
If you have any further questions about COVID-19, we suggest the following resources:
- WA Department of Health:
Please utilize the call center for general questions about COVID-19. Open hours are 6 am – 10 pm, seven days per week. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # for next steps.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County