Where you can find important COVID19 related links and resources and office updates
Please check out this flowsheet for our current triage guidelines regarding testing, quarantine, and isolation.
IN OFFICE TESTING
We currently are able to test any of our patients, not parents, who have symptoms compatible with COVID-19. These symptoms are:
- Fever (≥100.0°F), chills, or shaking chills
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Headache when in combination with other symptoms
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
Our test is the PCR based test and turnaround time ranges from 2-5 days (2-3 days typically). We perform an anterior nares (front of the nose) swab in each nostril.
If you are a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive patient we recommend getting tested about 4-5 days after your last known exposure in addition to the 14 days quarantine. Please see information below on the recommended testing sites for these tests.
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CALLING OTHER SITES
Does the site perform testing on children my child's age?
Do I need to make an appointment?
What is the expected turnaround?
Will I be charged for testing?
RECOMMENDED TESTING SITES
Cambridge Health Alliance: Serves residents of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. Call 617-665-2928
Partners testings sites: Speak to the nurses line saying you are either symptomatic or a close contact of a known positive to get testing. Call 617-724-7000
LINKS AND RESOURCES
INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS
BEING AT HOME / TALKING WITH KIDS / MENTAL HEALTH
Helping Kids Cope With Coronavirus - a thank you gift from us!
In no particular order here are some things we think might be fun or that we have tried and are fun to do while stuck at home...
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Check out these virtual train rounds from around the world!
A dad doing fun things with his 2 kids that you can do at home too
Great short podcasts to introduce classical composers to kids. Fun to pair with some Looney Tunes
Lots of cool things on Google Arts and Culture including seeing how Picasso and Mili made art with light. Then try it at home!
Quick and fun little activity with beautiful results
Fun craft projects
From the Fabric Workshop and Museum some fun little art projects
Go for a drive and pick a musician or band to work through. Dr. Gall started with The Beatles.
From the Guggenheim, Jeff sketches stories and prompts folks to make sketches of their own.
The author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "Piggie and Gerald" books teaches kids how to doodle, including many of his most famous characters.
Looking for ways to be involved in efforts to help your community? Here are some ways we have found.
This website is a great place to find ways to teach kids compassion and empathy, providing ways to engage them in giving activities. In addition, it does provides links to local places to volunteer.
This article lists a bunch of local restaurants that are taking donations to provide meals for hospital workers.
An all volunteer community effort to help link individuals in need to with individuals who can help. Their document also has a ton of other useful COVID information and more links for places to volunteer. If you want to sign up immediately for a need or to help click here to fill out their form.
BELMONT COVID-19 NEED FUNDS
Donate to our local Covid19 Needs Fund; all funds go directly towards COVID-19 relief efforts and to people in need. For tax deductible donations, make checks payable to “Winn Brook School PTA” and mail to: Amy Kirsch, 8 Jason Road, Belmont, MA 02478; write Belmont in memo line. To make a donation online (online donations are not tax deductible), go here.
Food for Free has been rescuing food that would otherwise have been wasted and getting it to those in need in Cambridge since 1981. They have a number of volunteer opportunities.
"Boston Cares is partnering with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide centralized volunteer recruitment and coordination to meet the emerging needs of our network of partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts."
Free deliveries and friendly check-ins for those at-risk for COVID-19. Get what you need safely, from a volunteer neighbor. Here is the volunteer page.
An organization serving the seniors in many of our local towns get access to food and other services. Here is their volunteer page. They need donations as well.
If you would like to be a volunteer responder during a Massachusetts health-related emergency or event then check this site out and register.
This website and associated app you can download connects young people to age appropriate volunteer activities.