COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION
For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are continuing the following measures:
- We are screening all patients and caregivers prior to their arrival at Blue Fish for COVID-19 symptoms and known exposures.
- We ask everyone age 2 and older to continue to wear a mask in our office. With the rapid spread of COVID at this time, we recommend you wear surgical masks, KN95 or N95 masks in the office. These medical masks have been proven to provide better protection for both the wearer and those nearby. If you are not wearing one of these masks, you may be requested to wear one offered to you by our staff.
- We are continuing to disinfect each exam room after each patient, as we always have.
- All appointments must be made by phone at 314-966-8500. Walk-in appointments will NOT be allowed.
- Please have only one parent/caregiver accompany a patient into the office.
The current surge in COVID-19 has prompted many updates in COVID-19 guidelines. We know there is a lot of confusion regarding changes in testing, isolation and quarantine recommendations. We have updates here that we hope will answer many of your questions.
Testing for COVID-19
1. If you need a COVID-19 test and you are not experiencing symptoms, please find a community test location as we are unable to accommodate these requests in our office. Given the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, please do not visit the emergency room or Children's After Hours locations for asymptomatic testing.
2. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 and is having mild symptoms not warranting an office appointment, COVID testing is recommended. Besides the above testing locations, St. Luke’s and BJC testing sites are testing symptomatic patients. These sites will require an order from us, so please call us if you need an order for these locations.
3. As always, we are here to see your child when you have a medical concern. Please call us if you need to schedule an appointment.
If you are able to obtain an at-home COVID test and you are positive, this is considered a positive test and you do not need confirmatory PCR testing. Follow the isolation guidelines listed below.
Please note, our after hours exchange cannot place orders for testing or review test results. If you have MyChart, you will be able to see COVID results as soon as they are available.
Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
Isolation and quarantine guidelines have been updated recently by the CDC and the St. Louis County Department of Health. Please see the details in the links below, particularly how to calculate your quarantine time.
Isolation Guidelines – You must isolate if you test positive for COVID-19
Quarantine Guidelines – You may need to quarantine if you have been exposed to COVID-19
As noted above, surgical masks, KN95 and N95 masks protect better than cloth masks. Below are some links to help you mask effectively.
If you are sick or caring for someone who is:
Please see the CDC's Home Management Instructions.
General Information on COVID-19
St. Louis Children's Hospital has compiled a comprehesive resource list for families on COVID-19: St. Louis Children's Hospital Resource List
Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19:
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Childmind.org)
Information for Kids about COVID-19:
Things to Do At Home
GoNoodle (A site for movement and mindfulness activities)