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.

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Student Symptom Decision Tree

This resource can be used to screen all students for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

COVID-19 Return-to-School Guidance

This Back to School Clearance Form was discussed on the Sept. 16 Virtual Chapter Chat and can be used by physicians.

A Pediatrician’s Tips for Promoting a Safe Return to Sports During COVID-19

This Back to School Clearance Form was discussed on the Sept. 16 Virtual Chapter Chat and can be used by physicians.

CDC – Toolkit for Youth Sports

Guidance and tools to help youth sports administrators make decisions, protect their teams and players, and communicate with their communities.

County of Orange Adds Second Supersite to its COVID-19 Testing Arsenal

Just six weeks after opening the Anaheim Supersite, the County of Orange announced today a second supersite opening at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on August 26.

360 Clinic will be conducting no-out-of-pocket cost testing leveraging personal insurance reimbursements and federal government assistance for the uninsured, with additional financial support from the County.

Open Letter of Support for School Nurses

We face significant challenges as we collaborate to re-open schools as safely as possible with the latest COVID-19 information. School Nurses are critical in the planning and implementing protocols and procedures as well as monitoring the health of students, faculty and staff.

The 500 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics — Orange County Chapter, are united in their commitment to ensure that school re-entry promotes the overall health and safety of children, teachers, school nurses and all school-related staff.

Regional Center Of Orange County Remains Open for Referrals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

Governor Newsom Launches “Wear a Mask” Campaign

Californians should wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Share the “Wear A Mask” campaign PSA and social media graphics to encourage others to #MaskUP!

SoCal School Leaders Encouraged by CDC Guidelines for Reopening Schools During Pandemic

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.

Finding the Proper Fitting Mask

Dr. Kate Williamson, current president of the AAP-OC Chapter shares how to find a proper fitting mask.

It’s Time for Well-Child Checks — and VaccinationsUCI Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Taylor listens to Nathan Le's heartbeat as his mother, Pauline Le, holds him.

July 10, 2020 | UCI Health
Parents understandably postponed visits to the pediatrician during the lockdown phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic. It initially made sense for all but the most urgent healthcare needs.

Now, however, it’s time to get those well-child visits on the calendar, says UCI Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Taylor.

CHOC Seeking Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

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.

CHOC Children’s COVID-19 Safety Update

At CHOC Children’s, we know you want to provide your patients the very best care every day, especially during these uncertain times. CHOC has been in close contact with local, state and federal authorities to stay up to date with the latest outbreak information and ensure we’re following the best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.

AAP-OC Statement on the Resignation of OC Public Health Officer, Nichole Quick, MD

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.

A Podcast by Dr. Richard Pan: Putting the Public into Health

How is COVID-19 impacting children, with Dr. Eric Ball, pediatrician, Children’s at Mission Hospital in Orange County

20 Questions with Dr. Kate: COVID-19 from Jamie McDonald on Vimeo.
A friendly Q and A about COVID-19 from pediatrician Kate Williamson, MD

Pediatricians Share Their Stories about How #PedsPutKids1st During COVID-19

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.