School Physicals During COVID-19 - UnityPoint Health

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Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

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3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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101 Cedar River Pkwy
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Waverly, Iowa 50677

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Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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1940 Blairs Ferry Road
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Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

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610 2nd Ave. NE
Cascade, Iowa 52033

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2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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1550 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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2255 JFK Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

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4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

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6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

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1731 W Ridgeway Ave.
Suite 100
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

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2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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800 Kenyon Road
Suite R
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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How to Handle Back-to-School Physicals During COVID-19

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school-age girl with cloth face mask on during doctor's appointment

Even though summer break is just staring, now is the time to start scheduling back-to-school and sports physicals. This year, like always, it’s best to schedule school physicals in-person. Despite the spread of COVID-19, we are doing everything possible to ensure our spaces are safe for your family. Dr. Patricia Newland, MD, explains what is different and what you can expect with these appointments.

Why Back-to-School Physical are Important

Seeing your child in-person could mean finding any and all problems early-on. For children and adolescents, we remain focused on growth, development and well-being – including emotional well-being. For example, COVID-19 might be causing your child to feel anxious, stressed and/or depressed. Your child’s doctor will be able to do a basic check on your child’s mental health during a physical or well-child check.

How We’re Offering Safe Care and a Clean Space

We’ve spent a lot of time working on safety and cleanliness in our clinics, especially when it comes to cleaning procedures. We are using the exact wipes you're supposed to use to take care of the virus, and we’re taking extra time in between patients to make sure every room is clean, top to bottom.
Also, all team members are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. For those in direct contact with you or your children, it also involves eye protection such as a face shield.

How COVID-19 is Making Appointments Look Different

Besides more PPE, you’ll notice different physical changes to our spaces, including waiting rooms. If you walk through, you’ll notice chairs are spaced out to support social distancing. You might also notice plexiglass at the check-in counters. That’s simply to keep any potential respiratory droplets that can spread COVID-19 from passing between people. Some clinics also have virtual waiting rooms, which allows you to wait for your appointment in your vehicle. Call your clinic to see if it’s an option for you.

What You Need to Know Before the Doctor’s Appointment

We are asking everyone, including any children over the age of two, wear a cloth face mask or face covering when coming into health care spaces. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Often when the virus begins, a person won’t experience symptoms for several days. Wearing a face mask will help prevent the accidental spread of the coronavirus. If you need help making a mask, we’ve got a no-sew and sewing machine option available to help. 

Besides wearing a mask, here’s what else you should prepare before a school physical appointment:

  • If you’re new to the clinic, bring previous records and vaccine history.
  • Bring any forms needed for specific sports or camps.
  • Check your MyUnityPoint patient portal for forms that can be filled out ahead of time.
  • Encourage your child to think through any health-related questions they can ask their care team.

What About COVID-19 Testing During Back to School Physicals?

COVID-19 testing is not done as a standard part of a routine well-child or school physical visit, but it is currently being done on people who are symptomatic, regardless of age. If your child has symptoms you think might be related to COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or fever), please call the office first before coming in. It’ll allow us to direct you to the best place to get tested.

Make a Doctor’s Appointment, Today

Don’t wait to schedule your child’s back-to-school or sport physical appointment. If you have any questions regarding your care during COVID-19, call your clinic and talk with your child’s care team. Your safety is our top priority and we are here to care for you.