COVID-19 UPDATES

Happy August! Now that this unusual summer has passed its halfway point, we wanted to communicate our thoughts regarding the Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines and our office practices, specifically with regard to COVID testing and quarantine requirements. DPH Recommendations for COVID Testing:The …

How to encourage your child to wear a mask for COVID-19 protection

Dear Families, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than age 2 wear a face-covering in public unless they have significant breathing problems. Whether you’re coming to the hospital for an appointment or are simply trying to …

COVID-19 Testing Locations and Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Families, Recently, a majority of calls coming into our triage have been about where to get COVID-19 testing, mainly for asymptomatic patients. There is an increase in demand for testing with so many camps, daycare, and colleges resuming a modified schedule. …

Health Insurance Stability – So You Don’t Have to Worry

We recognize that the economic impact of COVID-19 has been enormous, and that many families are experiencing food insecurity and/or loss of health insurance due to a job loss. During these times, many families’ circumstances are changing; as always, we are here …

New DPH Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced new, more aggressive, recommendations for COVID-19 testing. This represents a major change from previous recommendations and coincides with increased movements to “reopen” the state. The current recommendations call for COVID-19 testing for ALL SYMPTOMATIC …

Assessing COVID-19 Risk During “Reopening” – How To Decide What Risks Are Right For Your Family

As we enter the third month of social distancing and living with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing more and more questions about responsible behavior moving forwards. What follows is a longer than usual e-mail that strives to provide the clearest and …

WMPEDS-Live: Join us Thurs @ 7pm on Facebook

This Thursday, May 21st at 7pm, we will be hosting our first WMPEDS-Live event on our Facebook page! Dr. Lester Hartman will be joined by Nurse Manager Joseph Berger as they discuss current events in the pediatric world of COVID-19, and most importantly, answer your …

Limitations of COVID-19 Blood Test (UPDATED)

As of now, the FDA has not approved of any COVID-19 blood tests. Due to the extreme emergency, the FDA has “authorized” the use of a few tested products earlier than normal that are being allowed to be validated with fewer tested …

How Online Social Networks Can Help During Quarantine

Hi Friends, We are entering our 5th week of socially isolating in our homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Among many things, COVID-19 has brought with it a crisis of loneliness that is affecting us all.  …