Do I need to confirm the results of a Rapid Antigen Test from home or school with a PCR?

If your child tests positive at home or during a school screening, they do not require a confirmatory test. Please follow the updated CDC guidance for isolation. Our website has information updated as of 12/27/21 under the "news" section.

When should I test my child? Will they need an office visit?

In the current climate, we are recommending testing for any symptom that could be COVID, especially if there is a known exposure. Our office is experiencing an increase in symptomatic children who require evaluation and testing for many different illnesses. Thus, we have limited availability. Fortunately, most COVID-positive children will not require an office visit or telemedicine visit. If your child’s symptoms are concerning you can call to request a same-day appointment.

Can my child obtain a Rapid Antigen or PCR test at SSP? How will we get the results?

We have limited appointments available for our established patients. Our COVID PCR tests are run through LabCorp. Parents must have patient portal access to obtain the results. You can also register through LabCorp in addition to our portal but, not instead of our portal. Both positive and negative results will be available on your child’s patient portal. If you do not have portal access please request it while in the office, there is a PIN number provided that is unique to each patient. The Account must be activated within 24 hours of recieving the PIN.

What if my child is COVID positive?

If your child is infected with COVID you are advised to:

  • Monitor their symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion, change in tone), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • You can use fever-reducers in children. Please call to discuss for children < 6 months.
  • Have them stay in a separate room from other household members and pets, if possible.
  • If unable to isolate, have household members wear a well-fitting mask indoors, if possible
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • All members of the household should consider themselves a “close contact” and follow guidance specific to vaccination status.
  • Notify anyone in contact within 48 hours of symptom onset or positive test if asymptomatic
  • If your child is well or has minor symptoms please help us keep their chart up to date by adding their COVID infection into their medical record by sending a Patient Portal message to your doctor at Patient Portal Link

Can I breastfeed COVID-positive?

Yes, you should continue breastfeeding if you can. If you are too sick you can opt to pump your milk. CDC advises that you wash your hands, wear a mask, continue breastfeeding, and avoid carrying around the newborn if possible. Current evidence suggests that breastmilk is not likely to spread the virus to babies.
Monitor your newborn for fever, fatigue, runny nose, cough, vomiting, poor feeding, and work of breathing. Call your doctor if any of these symptoms develop.

My child had a close contact exposure and is asymptomatic, what now?

Unvaccinated Asymptomatic

  • Get tested on or after day 5 of the last exposure
  • Self-quarantine days 1-5 after exposure
  • Strict Masking days 5-10
Vaccinated Asymptomatic (boosted or Pfizer/Moderna within last 6 months)
  • Not required to self-quarantine during this time
  • Get tested on or after day 5 of last exposure and mask indoors until results are back
  • If unable to get tested they should wear a mask indoors for 10 days

What if my child had a close contact exposure and is symptomatic?

  • Get tested, assume it is COVID, and start isolation
  • Self-isolate until test results are back
  • Avoid others in your home, if possible, or mask around the household

Do you recommend the COVID vaccine? Who should get a booster?

Yes, we enthusiastically recommend the vaccine for the majority of our patients 5 years and older! At this time, we know that the vaccine decreases the risk of severity, hospitalization, and death. Current data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against the omicron variant infection for two doses of Pfizer/Moderna is approximately 35% and the booster restores vaccine effectiveness to 75%. This is a significant layer of protection in a highly contagious strain. Please get your child(ren) vaccinated. Also, get your adolescents 16 years and older boosted if it has been 6 months since the completion of the two-dose vaccination series.

Are there treatment options available for my COVID-positive child?

Most children, especially those vaccinated, will not require treatment beyond supportive care - hydration, fever-reducers, and rest.

  • The safety and efficacy of COVID-19 convalescent plasma have not been well evaluated in children.
  • Several anti-SARS-CoV-1 monoclonal antibody products have received EUAs for treatment of nonhospitalized patients 12 yrs and up with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of progression to severe disease. However, recent data suggest it may not work as well with the omicron variant and there is a short supply.
  • Remdesivir is an IV medication that can be used in children 12 yrs+ and > 40 kg requiring hospitalization.
  • There is insufficient data to support recommendations for or against the use of increased doses of Vitamins C or D.
  • The FDA recommends against the use of Zinc above the recommended daily value at this time

What is the office policy for parents during the current surge?

We are limiting visits to one accompanying parent/gaurdian. We are requesting that siblings not accompany the patient at this time. If a second gaurdian would like to be present, they can be added virtually to the visit using their own smart devices.

What if a parent or guardian had COVID?

Per the CDC, If separation of the COVID positive parent from others in a home is not possible, those family members will have ongoing exposure; they will be repeatedly exposed until that person is no longer able to spread the virus. The parent with COVID-19 and all members of the household should wear a well-fitted mask and remain in the home. Please go to our website to review specific guidance on quarantine and testing for your child with “ongoing exposure” The unvaccinated child/dependent should begin quarantine immediately and continue to quarantine throughout the isolation period of the person with COVID-19. Continue to quarantine for an additional 14 days starting the day after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19. Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation of the infected household member The vaccinated child/dependent should get tested twice - Once, 5-7 days after their first exposure. (remember: a person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms). Then again, 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19. Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.

The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help our patients and families (Parent/Guardians) find answers to questions about Covid-19.

Covid-19 FAQs