COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Amherst Pediatrics

January 1, 2021

 

We at Amherst Pediatrics would like to wish you all the the best in the coming new year. We have been through quite a lot this past year, and we look hopefully foreward to what we believe will be a much better year ahead. That said, the next couple of months will be difficult as the pandemic continues to rage out of control, with the winter months looking to be possibly the worst we have seen so far. The good news, and it is very good news indeed, is that two very effective and safe vaccines are being rolled out as we speak. Providers and staff at Amherst Pediatrics have been among the first in the region to receive the vaccine, making our office that much safer and more secure for our patients. Soon, the vaccine will be available to the general public as well. We will be sure to keep you informed as soon as we have more information about that phase of the rollout.

 

We urge you to continue to take all of the pandemic safety precautions very seriously.

 

Wear a mask

The single most important and effective strategy to prevent spread of this virus is to wear an appropriate face covering. Please follow this link for complete information about what that means: CDC Guide to Mask Wearing

 

Socially distance

Maintain at least a 6-foot distance between you and others who are not in your household - both indoors and outdoors.

 

Stay home

Please refrain from going into indoor spaces outside of your home. That includes restaurants, shops, gyms, salons, grocery stores, and other people's homes. If you can, try to order items by delivery or curbside pick-up.

 

Get vaccinated

When it becomes available, we urge you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will be a crucial element to ending this pandemic. It can only be achieved if the vast majority of us get the vaccine. We know that many people have reservations about this vacceine, because it is perceived to have been developed and rolled out so fast. In fact, safety has not been sacrificed during this process. The historic speed with which the vaccine has beeen readied is due to the unprecedented efforts of scientists and the huge amount of resources poured into this effort. It is a process that will likely be replicated in the future, and in which we can all be proud. The vaccine is extremely effective and SAFE!

 

COVID-19 Testing

As more and more people again seek and require testing, our regional testing capacity has become increasingly strained.

At the moment, Amherst Pediatrics recommends the following options for COVID-19 testing:

 

Symptomatic testing

Anyone with possible symptoms of COVID-19 will need to be tested either offsite (see below) or in our outdoor facility at Amherst Pediatrics. Our capacity to test symptomatic patients at Amherst Pediatrics is very limited, and will be determined by our clincal team. COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

 

Asymptomatic testing 

An increasing number of individuals are seeking or requiring testing in order to attend school, to work, to see relatives, or to travel. Amherst Pediatrics has very limited on-site capability to perform coronavirus nasal swab testing. We are therefore recommending the following off-site testing options for our patients:

 

Off-site testing locations

UMass State Testing Facility - Mullins Center

The State of Massachusetts offers free community testing on the UMass campus. Please follow this link for complete details and information:

>> UMass Asymptomatic testing

NOTE: This testing is available only for those age 10 years and older who are asymptomatic.  

 

Baystate Medical Center

Testing can be performed at several Baystate locations. Appointments are arranged by Amherst Pediatrics, but the location and time is set by Baystate. Appointment information will be sent to you as a portal message. The current Baystate locations are Springfield, Greenfield, Ware, and Westfield.

 

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Drive-through testing as well as urgent-care evaluation and testing can be performed at CDH in Northampton. Scheduling is initiated by Amherst Pediatrics and patients are then called by CDH to complete the scheduling process.

 

Turnaround time for receiving test results varies by location and testing demand, and is beyond our control.

 

► Click here to view our COVID-19 UPDATE archive

Office Hours
Monday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact Us

Our Address
31 Hall Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Tel: (413) 253-3773
Fax: (413) 256-0215
Email: mail@amherstpeds.com
 

Please note temporary office hours
during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patient Care Hours:
Monday-Friday

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM: In-office and MyChart Telehealth visits
4:45 PM - 7:00 PM: MyChart Telehealth visits only

Sat-Sun
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
: MyChart Telehealth visits only

Due to the pandemic, we ask that you please remain at home if you or your child is ill. If you have concerns about how your child is feeling, please contact us by sending a message through this patient portal. The clinicians will be able to respond to you during our regular hours. Calling the office may present a further delay in response times.

The COVID-19 situation is ever unfolding. We are dedicated to the safety of our patients and staff. Please refer to our website for updates on this changing situation.

* Please note: It is our policy that we do not approve referral requests for visits to outside urgent care centers during times that our office is open.

Holidays
We are open for urgent visits only on most Holidays. Our office is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.