After what seems like a very long time of nothing changing, things are changing. Many schools have invited kids back for hybrid learning. We’ve opened our clinic doors a few days a week to resume a limited number of in-person visits. We are enjoying the outdoors again, with longer days, lots more sun, and plenty of spring blooms. Dare, I say it? Life is starting to seem a bit more normal. Some folks are super happy about this increased social contact. Others may be feeling worried. Where ever you are in your feelings is OK!
All of our staff has gotten COVID-19 shots, and it feels good to be contributing to herd immunity. We’re excited that Oregon is expanding vaccine eligibility to all Oregonians age 16 and up on April 19. We realize a lot of our clinic friends won’t be able to get vaccinated since pediatric shots are still unavailable. So we’ll continue to wear masks, maintain safe distances and wash our hands to keep all of us safe and well as recommended by public health authorities. We’re also finding some silver linings to mask life: Masks keep your face warm on cold days. Some masks help filter out allergens if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Mask life isn’t all bad!
With a return to in-clinic visits, we want to emphasize that we are all in this together. Wellness works when we all do our part to stop the spread of germs. If your child or someone in your family has any potentially contagious symptoms, we kindly request that you switch to a virtual visit while you are experiencing symptoms and stay home. Symptoms that would keep you at home include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Fatigue, muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If your child is having any of these symptoms, we need you to let us know and reschedule for that visit. If your child has taken any medication 24 hours prior to the visit, regardless of the reason, please stay home. Medications may mask viral symptoms. We’re happy to transition your appointment to an online visit or cancel it with no penalty or cost to you. Questions? Please send us an email or give us a call.
This past year has been challenging for all of us. We truly love seeing your faces walk through our door. We hope you will partner with us so that we can continue to offer in-person services, keep us all well and expand our offerings with camps and small groups this summer. The pandemic isn’t over, yet there is light at the end of the tunnel. When we work together, we keep us all safe and well. We got this!