We are living though a unique time. We know the COVID-19 crisis is causing a lot of unease and uncertainty in our lives. There is no instruction manual for this virus, we are learning as we go, and the rules are changing daily, sometimes hourly. We want you to know we’re here to help you navigate this difficult time together.
At The Everett Clinic, we are keeping sick patients away from healthy patients, and trying to keep almost everyone at home to minimize risk of spreading disease. Social distancing is the most powerful tool we have left to limit the deaths in our communities. If you’re asked to delay your appointment, go to a different site, see a different doctor, or meet by phone or a video chat, it’s to keep you and your family healthy. Yes, things are different, but we are still here working hard to answer your questions and provide care. We will still be managing ongoing conditions such as behavioral health issues and ADHD, but this will be over the phone or with a video visit. We will still be able to refill necessary medications.
Stay home, Get Care
The COVID-19 crisis is having a tremendous impact on our lives. Our top priority is the health of our community: you, your families and caregivers, and our care teams. That means consistent, reliable access to routine health care. Allow us to introduce you to virtual care. Virtual care allows you to access the health care your children need in the safest way possible. Virtual care visits are ideal for minor illnesses and injuries, routine exams, chronic disease management, mental health issues, well-child checks and pediatric exams, etc. Sick children with fever and cough can be seen at our fever/URI sites; they may or may not be tested for COVID-19.
Note: Video visits are not appropriate for severe or life-threatening symptoms. If you need emergency care, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you have been waiting to make a care appointment for your child or have other health concerns, please call your provider’s office to set up a virtual care visit. You can find the most up-to-date information at everettclinic.com/COVID. You can call or send a message though MyChart but understand our response may be a little more delayed than usual.
Stay home, and away from other people. Wash your hands - often! Soap and water is best. Children seem to have mild symptoms and rarely get very sick. Your kids will probably be fine but be careful around adults, especially grandparents and folks with weakened immune systems. The safest thing is to STAY HOME and not visit those people.
Continue to connect with friends, grandparents and family members, but do so on the phone or online. This is a perfect time to connect with your kids too. Life is forcing us to slow down. Do a puzzle, read a book, notice the spring blossoms on your block. Will there be screen time on phones, TVs and tablets? Yes, probably. But notice if you are getting pulled in with constant news updates and allow yourself to put the phone down and instead focus on what is right in front of you. Connection time is a scientifically proven way to buffer stress and ultimately boosts both your and your child's immune system.