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Our offices remain open for care, maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness. Virtual visits are also available.
We are now offering 2 types of COVID-19 testing in select offices: PCR (nasal swab) & serum antibody (blood).

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Dear Dr. Christina
PM Pediatrics

COVID-19: What You Should Know

We are now offering 2 types of COVID-19 testing in select offices:

PCR (nasal swab) & serum antibody (blood).

Testing is available for patients who meet specific criteria at the following offices:

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles  – PCR & Antibody Testing Available

CONNECTICUT

West Hartford – Antibody Testing Available

MARYLAND

Annapolis – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Columbia – Antibody Testing Available
Glen Burnie – Antibody Testing Available
Greenbelt – Antibody Testing Available
Germantown – Antibody Testing Available
Rockville – PCR Testing Available
Timonium – PCR Testing Available

MASSACHUSETTS

Dedham- PCR & Antibody Testing Available

NEW YORK

Forest Hills – Antibody Testing Available
Cobble Hill (Brooklyn) – Antibody Testing Available
Manhasset – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Riverdale – PCR Testing Available
Commack – Antibody Testing Available
Carle Place – Antibody Testing Available
Syosset – Antibody Testing Available
Massapequa Park – Antibody Testing Available
Selden – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Spring Valley – PCR  & Antibody Testing Available
Mamaroneck – Antibody Testing Available
Yonkers – Antibody Testing Available
Hopewell Junction – Antibody Testing Available
Bayside – Antibody Testing Available
Rockville Centre – Antibody Testing Available
North Babylon – Antibody Testing Available
Staten Island – Antibody Testing Available

NEW JERSEY

North Brunswick – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Paramus – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Pompton Plains – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Springfield – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Cherry Hill – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Clifton – Antibody Testing Available
Livingston – Antibody Testing Available
Holmdel – Antibody Testing Available
Turnersville – PCR & Antibody Testing Available

NORTH CAROLINA

Morrisville – PCR Testing Available
Cary – Antibody Testing Available

PENNSYLVANIA

Wayne – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Abington- PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Wynnewood- PCR & Antibody Testing Available

TEXAS

McKinney – PCR & Antibody Testing Available
Flower Mound – Antibody Testing Available
Richardson – Antibody Testing Available
The Colony – Antibody Testing Available

VIRGINIA

Fairfax – PCR Testing Available
Ashburn – Antibody Testing Available
Herndon- Antibody Testing Available
Springfield- Antibody Testing Available

We are able to test children & adults, including healthcare workers and first responders of all ages. Patients eligible for testing must be referred by a PM Pediatrics provider from a visit on our telemedicine service, PM Pediatrics Anywhere. Alternatively, patients age 0-26 may be evaluated for testing at a PM Pediatrics office. If you believe you or your child may need to be tested, please visit pmpediatricsanywhere.com to schedule a telemedicine visit.

PM Pediatrics Anywhere

PM Pediatrics is now offering our telemedicine service, PM Pediatrics Anywhere, in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington DC. Click here to proceed for a virtual visit. 

Types of COVID-19 tests

PM Pediatrics is offering two (2) kinds of tests for COVID-19 for children and adults. While no test is 100% accurate, we are using national reputable laboratories that do their own internal validation to ensure reliable testing practices.

PCR (Nasal Swab) test

The PCR (nasal swab) test will tell you if you currently have COVID-19. A swab is inserted deep into the nostril to collect a sample from the area at the back of the nose where it meets the throat. A person with symptoms of COVID-19 is a candidate for this test. The results come back in about two (2) days and are either positive or negative. There is up to a 30% chance that the test may be falsely negative. Therefore, a negative test does not eliminate the possibility that you currently have the infection or that you had the infection in the past.

Serum Antibody (blood) test

We are also offering the IgG antibody test. An antibody is a marker in the blood that indicates the body’s immune reaction to an infection. This test requires a blood sample drawn from a vein. It will determine if your body has already built up antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you believe you may have had COVID-19 and no longer have symptoms or believe you have had exposure without any symptoms, then you are a candidate for the antibody test. On rare occasions, the antibody test may be falsely negative, but that most often occurs if your infection occurred less than two (2) weeks before your blood was drawn.  If you currently have symptoms and feel ill, you should not get an antibody test and would be better served by a PCR test (nasal swab).

We are learning more about this virus every day, and while the medical community is hopeful that these antibodies will help protect against future infection, we don’t yet know if it gives immunity or how long immunity would last. You should continue to follow the recommendations from your state/place of work in regard to social distancing, masking, and good hand washing. Please click here to read more about the serum antibody test. 

How to schedule a COVID-19 PCR nasal swab test

If you think you qualify for COVID-19 PCR testing, schedule a telemedicine visit on PM Pediatrics Anywhere to be screened. If a PM Pediatrics provider determines you to be eligible, you will receive information within 2 days about scheduling time for testing at one of our offices.

Insurance Coverage of the COVID-19 PCR nasal swab test

Any costs associated with processing the lab test are determined by the laboratory. Most insurance carriers are covering the cost of COVID-19 nasal swab testing. We will not be collecting co-pay fees for the test. Your pre-screening visit will be processed through your insurance and they will determine your patient responsibility. Please click here for more information on PM Pediatrics Anywhere and payments.

What to do if you think you or your child has COVID-19

If you have fever or cough, have been in direct contact with a person with COVID-19,or live in an area of community spread you should call your primary care provider for next steps or visit pmpediatricsanywhere.com to schedule a virtual visit and consult with one of our medical professionals.

The majority of people may feel like they have a common cold or even have no symptoms at all. Currently, the risk for serious illness in children from COVID-19 is extremely low.  Contact your primary care provider for next steps or visit pmpediatricsanywhere.com to schedule a virtual visit and consult with one of our medical professionals.

If your child has any difficulty breathing, please proceed to the nearest Emergency Department immediately. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

In-Office and Telemedicine visits are available

We can perform an assessment of your child in office or on PM Pediatrics Anywhere. For in-office visits, we ask that you please call us prior to your visit. Please also call us upon arrival and await further instruction prior to entering the office so we can address your needs promptly as well as adequately protect staff and other patients.

Ensuring safety of others 

To promote social distancing, we are offering telemedicine services for those who are hesitant to come to our offices, as well as allowing patients who do come to the office to wait in their cars. We are limiting our visitors to one guardian per patient.  Depending on each office’s layout, we are separating patients sitting in our lobby as much as possible. All of our offices are always held to a high standard of hygiene and safety and we are following CDC guidelines, sanitizing our equipment, and cleaning our exam rooms thoroughly during business hours and again overnight. We have screening protocols in place starting at our front door with signs to direct patients to immediately speak with our front desk staff if they meet any of the screening criteria. Our exam rooms are kept closed at all times to reduce the spread of germs.

For more questions about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy, please visit the CDC website for a list of frequently asked questions.
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