To help you navigate the current situation, please follow these instructions:
- Use over-the-counter rapid antigen tests when children need testing due to mild disease.
- Save visits to the doctor’s office or Emergency Department for situations where your child has more severe symptoms such as trouble breathing or shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, dehydration (no urine in 8 hours), weakness or difficulty waking up, bluish color to lips, skin or nail beds.
- Follow your school system’s guidelines with regard to return-to-school after a COVID infection.
- Children under the age of 2 require a PCR COVID test administered by a physician or health department, as they are too young for over-the-counter rapid antigen tests.
Please consider vaccination for your child age 6 months and above. If they are eligible, please get a booster when the time is right, as this is particularly important for continued protection from new variants. As always, continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.