(last updated Sunday, September 13, 2020 @ 9:47pm)

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Education have developed a

COVID-19 testing plan for K-12 staff and students

at all public and private schools in Rhode Island.  The service starts Monday, September 14th at 7:30am.

 

they are available seven days a week, from 7:30am to 9:30pm.  To schedule a test call

844-857-1814

 

this service line is for K-12 staff and students who have symptoms, have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, or are a classmate of a positive case..

 

It is available to children that are home schooled or are learning remotely, not just in-school students.

 

more information can be found at the RIDOH webpage dedicated to this program:

https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/k-12/

Waiting for COVID-19 Test results?

We call you with your test results when we receive them, but There have recently been issues with the RIDOH electronically pushing out their results in a timely manner.

 

you may able to obtain your results faster and more directly if you call the Rhode Island department of health at

401-222-8022

or email them at

Ridoh.covid19questions@health.ri.gov

and let them know you are waiting for results

per the Rhode Island department of health,

you do not need a doctor's note to return to camp, day care, or school!

parent can attest to their child's STATUS!  download the RIDOH "after-illness return attestation" form at the following link:

print it, complete it, and present it to your camp, day care, or school!

Click the link below for your scheduled telemedicine visit:

when logging in, allow

access to camera and mic

when prompted, and click to perform the

pre-call test

in the lower left hand corner while waiting for your visit

You can set up

asymptomatic COVID testing

directly by logging in to the Rhode Island department of health testing portal here:

or by calling any of the community testing sites below (click to enlarge):

 


On covid-19...

          These are times of great uncertainty.  We are only starting to understand coronavirus, with the finer details of COVID-19 not yet fully realized.  While it is uncommon for children 0-19 years old to demonstrate significant COVID-19 symptoms, this age group could serve as an "asymptomatic reservoir" of disease.  It is for this reason that we as caregivers and pediatricians must remain vigilant.
 
          In response to this rapidly developing situation, East Side Pediatrics has implemented a COVID-19 Action Plan that redirects patients with a significant travel history and/or exposure history to alternate facilities for medical care.  Additionally, our longstanding "no walk-in" policy minimizes the risk of someone with a concerning history showing up in our waiting room (though we have a plan just in case someone does).  Furthermore, we have instituted a fundamental change in our scheduling.  There is no longer a mixture of sick and well visits in the waiting room.  Sick visits can now only be seen in the afternoon.  Mornings are dedicated to well child visits and routine follow up visits.  In this way we can minimize the risk to staff, caregivers, and patients.
 
          We have received many calls from parents and caregivers worried about coronavirus.  We are always available to help.  However, please know that if your child is not sick, it would be best to get your coronavirus information directly from the Rhode Island Department of Health and from the Centers for Disease Control.  Their websites have the most up to date statistics, federal and state declarations, travel warnings, and community resources.
 
          If your child is sick, on the other hand, please know that this is where we shine brightest.  Our staff is prepared for this.  We can help tease out who needs to be evaluated and tested for COVID-19 off-site through the Rhode Island Department of Health (there is no COVID-19 testing at East Side Pediatrics).  If there is illness that is not suggestive of COVID-19, our team will follow established protocols and will either recommend a same day sick visit that afternoon, a telemedicine visit with one of our providers, or offer advise for home management.
 
          We will get through this.  The United States' medical infrastructure is strong, tireless, and guided by people who have dedicated their lives to the health and well-being of others.  East Side Pediatrics is focused, nimble, and here to provide a safe place for your medical care.
 

East Side Pediatrics, on Providence's historic College Hill, is a primary care pediatric office caring for children from birth to 21 years old.  

 

Our doctors are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics and are board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. We spend time teaching medical students from Brown University and pediatric residents from Hasbro Children's Hospital. Academic rigor keeps our doctors from having stagnant medical knowledge.

 

Knowledge is not enough, though. Our providers understand the importance of bedside manner. We are parents, too, and always consider things from both a doctor's and parent's perspective. We love taking care of children and treat patients as if taking care of our own.

Our board-certified doctors have decades of combined experience in Southeastern New England. And they are parents of young children themselves. Find out more!

You may now review recent office visits, print out immunizations and school forms, and modify allergy information from home. All in a HIPPA-compliant environment.

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285 Governor Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

phone (401) 383-4411            fax (401) 383-8010

Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm

Saturday based on demand (call at 8am!)