COVID-19 Overview and Update Local Resources and Information
During this unprecedented occasion, recommendations for COVID-19 are changing almost daily, and it can be overwhelming to stay informed on the latest updates. AAP-OC serves as a communication resource to help our pediatric providers stay updated on key health issues affecting our community. Here we have pulled the most updated information to provide our members practical guidelines & key local resources in Orange County on COVID-19.
The Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) remains open for referrals via email or fax during the Coronavirus pandemic. While their building is physically closed, they continue to process referrals for their Early Start Program (early intervention services for children under age 3) and Lanterman services (for children over 3 and adults). They are continuing to serve all children and adults who are already eligible for RCOC services.
July 24, 2020
Dr. Kate Williamson, current president of the AAP-OC Chapter spoke to KCAL9 about school reopenings. The Center for Disease Control released new guidelines on Friday, July 24 for students returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic. “I have seen the negative mental health effects on my patients. I have also seen the physical effects. I’ve seen the rise of obesity in my patients as well,” said pediatrician Dr. Kate Williamson of the long-term time away from school. She said she isn’t surprised that the CDC is pushing for schools to reopen. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has been saying we recognize it’s really important for kids to get back to school as soon as we can, but with safety guidelines” Williamson said.
Dr. Kate Williamson, current president of the AAP-OC Chapter shares how to find a proper fitting mask.
Now, however, it’s time to get those well-child visits on the calendar, says UCI Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Taylor.
Registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the CHOC Children’s Blood Bank is available to collect and process plasma donations from adult COVID-19 survivors. These donations can be used for patients throughout the community, in addition to those at CHOC.
While researchers are still learning about COVID-19, it’s possible that those who have recovered from the disease have produced antibodies to protect them from the infection. If so, their plasma would contain these antibodies and may be helpful in the treatment of COVID-19 disease in others.
The AAP-OC Chapter and its members speak out in support of Nichole Quick, MD, the Orange County Public Health Officer, and we are saddened by the circumstances prompting her resignation. This is a great loss for our community.
How is COVID-19 impacting children, with Dr. Eric Ball, pediatrician, Children’s at Mission Hospital in Orange County
AAP encourages members to share their experiences so we can continue to advocate on your behalf. AAP will share select stories in blogs, social media and other communications, with permission.