We want to thank all pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, surgeons, nurses and health care professionals in general for continuing to stay on the front lines during this pandemic. In this page you will find links to Testing, Isolation Guidelines, and Guidance for Health Care Providers – all categorized by county, There are also links to National AAP recommendations, Telehealth and information for parents. Lastly, there are links to COVID-19 websites of neighboring health departments, CDC, WHO, and the Johns Hopkins global dashboard.
Thank you again for all that you do on behalf of children.
Recording Available: May 19 CDC Webinar: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). View the recording Here
Recording Available: May 19 CMA Webinar: Reopening a Pediatric Practice. Access the recording Here
May 14, 2020 – LAHAN Alert and Webinar on Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a health advisory on May 14 to provide background information on several cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 and a case definition for this syndrome. Please note that this case definition supersedes the definition in the 5/12/20 LAHAN.
Providers are asked to report possible cases of MIS-C by phone within 1 working day.• Los Angeles County DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control: Call 888-397-3993 or 213-240-7821• Long Beach Health and Human Services: Call 562-570-4302.• Pasadena Public Health Department: Call 626-744-6089 – View LAHAN ALERT HERE
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles hosted a webinar “Kawasaki-like Disease Related to COVID-19 Physician Informational Session”. View the video recording Here
Quick Links - County Health Departments
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans – the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. The virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
VIDEO: LA County DPH Officer on Immunizations
April 9, 2020 – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer emphasizes the importance of childhood immunizations during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
Due to local conditions, each county’s Public Health Department may have put out differing guidelines for testing, compared to the CDC.
Free COVID-19 Testing: The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Response Effort), is providing free COVID-19 testing to Los Angeles County residents. See more >>
Furthermore, review the guidelines as specified on the LA County website (Scroll down to the 3rd box titled “Laboratory Testing”
Per the Ventura County website, “symptomatic please call your primary care doctor for your health questions. Your primary care doctor would make the recommendation for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have a primary care provider, please visit Find a Doctor. You do not need to contact Public Health to request a test. Your doctor will contact Public Health if your test is positive.”
Kern County. See Includes “Stay at Home Guidance” and “Stop the Spread”.
Los Angeles County. See the “What You Should Know” section (Includes “What if I’m exposed.
Guidance for Health Care Providers
The AAP-CA2 Committee on Practice & Ambulatory Medicine (COPAM) developed the following COVID-19 Practice Safety Guidelines as recommended measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines apply to pediatric practices in the counties of Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and Ventura.
Please visit the link to your respective county below, as health departments are dealing with COVID-19 differently due to variance in case load and resources.
Kern County provided as links at the bottom of their page
Los Angeles County (Guidance, including Isolation)
Riverside County provided as Toolkits, center/mid page.
San Luis Obispo County shown on left under “Other resources”.
Santa Barbara County Multiple links and sign-up for Provider Alerts (to fax in)
San Bernardino County, Multiple links under “Guidance for Healthcare Providers”. Includes Key Points for Testing | Guidance for Clinicians | Testing
Ventura County has links and a number to call
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National AAP Resources
- NEW: COVID-19 Webinars for Pediatricians – Citical updates on-demand.
- AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19, which outlines policy changes aiming to alleviate barriers to telehealth care. We also offer a webinar on telehealth and guidance on structuring your practice during the pandemic.
- The CDC has updated the priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection. This guidance prioritizes health care professionals and first responders to receive testing. It also recommends more aggressive testing (even for milder cases) in communities where there are more COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- NEW: National AAP COVID-19 Website
- AAP recommends pediatricians continue to see newborns, infants and younger children who need immunizations. However, we further recommend deferring all well child visits over 18 months because boosters due at 4 years old can be given within the 4 – 6 yo time frame. See the AAP Guidance on well-child visits
- The CDC offers recommendations on maintaining children’s immunizations and well-child visits during the pandemic.
- HealthyChildren.org has new articles with advice on formula shortages and information for families of children with special health care needs.
May 8 - Guidance on the Necessary Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly supports the continued provision of health care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of telehealth to provide appropriate elements of health supervision visits or acute and chronic care visits by pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists.
Telehealth Billing Codes
If your child is sick, keep your child home
- Avoid group playdates or parties indoors
- Avoid crowded activities (playgrounds, movie theaters, gymnastics, ice skating rinks, etc.), even if they’re still open
- COVID-19 Information for Parents, on HealthyChildren.Org
Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips, Click here
From Ventura County, watch Dr. Chris Landon explain the current situation as the rise in COVID-19 cases would exceed the number of ventilators in Ventura. “Please stay home… but don’t congregate together”.
Para Padres y Madres de Familia
Si sus pequeños estan enfermos, manténgalos en casa
- Evite invitaciones de amiguitos o fiestitas, y actividades en grupo (parques, cines, gimnasios, patinaje sobre hielo, etc.), inclusive si dichos lugares permaneces abiertos.
- Información para Padres, (en Español) HealthyChildren.Org
Crianza positiva durante el COVID-19: 10 consejos, oprima aqui
En Español: El Dr. Ilan Shapiro (Pediatra) explica la situacion actual y provee recomendaciones para padres y madres de familia. Cuídense y quédense en casa. Visiten la página de la Academia Americana de Pediatría
Other Public Health Entities
CA Department of Public Health
San Diego: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus/
COVID-19 Global Impact
Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering Dashboard
Developed to provide researchers, public health authorities, and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds.