Schools are requiring doctor's notes more than ever before and it's keeping local medical facilities busy.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, your children could be sick and stay home for 24 hours until symptoms wear off and be on their way back to school.
Brandy Kirby, the Quincy Public Schools Nursing Director, says that has changed in light of COVID-19.
"The most recent change is that we need a doctor's note when they've been sick with any kind of COVID symptom at all," Kirby said. "And that doctors note has to say no suspicion of COVID and it has to give an alternate diagnosis."
Katie Ayres, a Quincy Medical Group nurse practitioner, says they're seeing in an increase in students needing this note.
"The average the walk in was seeing was maybe like 11 patients a day. Seven to 11. And now they're seeing like 20 to 30 a day," Ayres said.
She says that's one reason why their pediatric walk in clinic is expanding their hours, to make that process easier.
"I know it's kind of hard to get here between the hours of eight to five," Ayres said. "So, with having the early morning hours our evening hours, it just provides our families that extra time to get in and see us if they need to be seen."
Kirby says returning to school too soon can delay your child's recovery process and risk exposing others.
"And with the contact tracing we're doing, we're seeing that its actually prevented spread in the schools. So it's been very helpful," Kirby said.
Ayres says no appointments are required before showing up to the pediatric walk-in clinic.
She also says their telehealth option is available where you never have to walk into the building.
QMG care providers say you can call ahead to 217-222-6550 ext. 3333 so you don't have to wait in the waiting room.
Their new hours for their pediatrics walk in clinic are Monday through Friday 7a.m. to 7p.m and Saturdays 8a.m. to 1p.m