Reliable websites for up to date information:
Douglas County Coronavirus Response and Recovery Hub : local information
LDC Public Health : local information
Kansas Department of Health and Environment : state information
knowbeforeyougoks.com : map of testing sites by location
01/04/2022 Quarantine and Isolation
The latest CDC guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation can be found here . To clarify, a COVID positive person can leave quarantine after 5 days only if their symptoms are improving, they have been fever free (without using fever reducers) for 24 hours, and they can wear a snug fitting mask at all times while in public for the next 5 days. The same rules apply for a non-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated/boosted persons who were exposed to someone with COVID. We HIGHLY recommend the COVID vaccine for all persons who are eligible and able to receive it!! We're giving them in office or you can visit your local pharmacies or health department.
12/14/2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
The KDHE has adopted the CDC's new booster recommendation and has authorized all COVID-19 vaccine providers to begin administering Pfizer booster shots to adolescents ages 16 and older. Those who are at least 16 years old and have met the 6-month time period following their second Pfizer vaccine are eligible for a booster. Call today to get scheduled 785-856-9090. Read more on KDHE.
12/13/2021 COVID-19 Testing Questions:
COVID testing ordered by a provider at Lawrence Pediatrics requires an in-office or telemedicine visit. The testing fee will be sent to your insurance and ,depending on your insurance coverage, may or may not be covered.
There are options for free testing that do not require a doctors order through sites who receive government funding. You can find a list of alternate testing sites on the KDHE COVID-19 Testing Map. You can sign up for an appointment at the health department's Wal-Mart testing site here.
We recommend anyone with symptoms be tested to stop the spread. We follow KDHE guidelines for exposure testing of those without symptoms.
11/15/2021 update on COVID-19 vaccines
We have started giving COVID-19 vaccines to Lawrence Pediatrics patients aged 5 years and older!!
Call 785-856-9090 today to get scheduled!
Vaccine Q&A for parents can be found here
Once you are scheduled you will get a message in your child's patient portal to complete the COVID 19 "survey", this is the consent form that you MUST complete and submit prior to coming in for your appointment.
If your child has received their COVID vaccine elsewhere please let the office know so that we may update your child's patient chart.
11/10/2021 update on COVID-19 vaccines
- We have received our supply of COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year-old Lawrence Pediatrics patients!! We are scheduling from the wait list ONLY at this time. As a reminder we will attempt to call you ONCE before moving onto the next person on the list. If you miss our call you can call back but there is no guarantee that spot will still be available. Once you are scheduled you will get a message in your child's patient portal to complete the COVID 19 "survey", this is the consent form that you MUST complete and submit prior to coming in for your appointment. If your child has received their COVID vaccine elsewhere please let the office know so that we may update your child's patient chart. We thank you for your patience and flexibility! Also, we are still giving vaccine for patients 12 years and older as well!!
Kansas has adopted the CDC & FDA recommendations that allow children 5-11 years old to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination. We are anticipating our supply from the state any day. If you are interested in your child receiving their COVID-19 vaccine at Lawrence Pediatrics please sign them up on the COVID-19 wait list. We will call those from the wait list to schedule in order of submission. Due to the anticipated volume we will only be able to call once before moving to the next patient. Make sure your patient portal is active as we will send all follow-ups and consents through your patient portal for completion. The vaccine information/Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-olds can be read here
COVID vaccines for 5-11 year old's are still in the review process. The FDA has given their approval for emergency use but it still needs approved by the advisor committee at the CDC. We will post everywhere when we're given the green light to give them and we have supply in stock. We're as anxious as you are to get everyone vaccinated, but we have to wait for approval. You can read more at cdc.gov . We still recommend vaccines for all those approved, which is currently 12 years and older.
While we move into our next steps, we will continue to do whatever we can to protect the health and safety of your family and ours. We are asking you to work with us in an effort to keep your family, your community, and your health care providers as safe as possible. There is no perfect plan and recommendations are continuing to evolve. We appreciate the patience you’ve shown us as we navigate the unknown. We will continue to do our best for your family every day and that is all we ask of you.
We remain committed to keeping children on their regular check-up schedules, as delays in care may result in lifelong health consequences. If parents prefer, we offer Telemed appointments when appropriate. We do not offer well child checks via Telemed, because we do not advocate sub-optimal care. Your children deserve the best care and we’re dedicated to providing that as safely as possible.
What to expect at your visit to Lawrence Pediatrics:
- When you arrive at the clinic, we will have you check in from your car via curbside check-in. A text message with directions will be sent to you 20 minutes prior to your appointment. If you do not receive the text, you can call into the office to notify us of your arrival. We have implemented this to limit exposure.
- Adults are required to wear a mask and children over 2 years of age are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. We know that kids are not always cooperative, and we understand. All we ask is that you try your best. If you forget your mask, let us know at check-in so we may provide you one.
- A receptionist will call you once your room is ready. You will stop at the check in desk briefly before being escorted to an exam room that is disinfected before/after each use. There will not be toys or books in the room, so you should bring something to keep your child entertained.
- All doctors, nurses, and staff will continue to wear masks for all interactions. We may wear additional PPE if needed.
- Well children and sick children will be brought into the office and exit the office through different doors and will be seen in different areas of the building. There will be dividers in place to help with social distancing.
- We will try to limit the amount of time you spend in the building for your safety.
- Don’t forget your photo IDs, insurance cards, and co-pays.
We are taking steps to protect your families and ours and we will continue these measures until the spread of COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
To limit any fears and anxiety, we suggest talking with your child before their appointment about what to expect.
- The office will look different than what they’re used to. We do this to help decrease the spread of germs.
- Your nurses, doctors, and all staff will have on masks that cover their nose and mouth. We ask that you wear one too. This is to help people share less germs.
- The toys and books they’re used to seeing have been put away to lessen the spread of germs. You can bring in your own books to read while you’re in the room.
- The thermometer that the nurses use is different as well. This one will scan your forehead without touching you. It’s super fast!
ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES