Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource CenterPosted: August 31, 2021
In times of uncertainty, credible information is critical in helping us prepare for and adapt to changes in the world around us.
At Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, we have a team of experts carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are resources to help you stay informed.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit our vaccination resource center.
- Back-to-School Task Force: Your Questions Answered
- Return to Learning Safely This Fall
- What Parents Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization for Children 12 and Up.
- COVID-19 Variants and Kids
- COVID-19's Impact on Children's Mental Health
- COVID-19 Vaccines for High-Risk Teens: What Parents Need to Know
- Quarantine vs. Isolation: What's the Difference?
- Top 10 Virtual Learning "Pod" Safety Tips
- Myth Busting COVID-19
- Balancing Screen Time with Physical Activity in an Era of Virtual Learning
- School Guidance for Parents of Children with Special Needs
- Parents: Add "Injury Prevention" to Back to School Plans
- Fall 2020 Back to School Checklist
- Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C): What Parents Need to Know
- Myth Busting COVID-19
- Q &A: COVID-19 and Kids
- Why Childhood Immunizations and Check-Ups Matter During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips for Talking to Your Child about COVID-19
- Parenting in a Pandemic: Walking with Our Kids Through Hard Times
- Activities for Family Fun at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- 5 Self Care Tips for Parents during Quarantine
- Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping
- Safety at Home during the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Mental Health During a Pandemic: The Psychiatric Effects of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Update: State of the Pandemic
- COVID Vs. Flu: Twindemics
- Safe Play During the Pandemic
- An Explanation of Multisystem Inflammatory System (MIS-C)
- A New Normal: Pandemic Expert Explains COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap
- Coronavirus: Fact, Fiction or Fearmongering?
- An Explanation of the Novel Coronavirus
- Pediatric COVID-19 Test
- How to Properly Wash Your Hands
- Ease Your Worry and Anxiety
- Eat Smart: Snacks
- Eat Smart: Food Groups
- Le Bonheur Strong: Fun Home Workouts for Kids
- Story Time: Radhika Takes a Ride
- Story Time: Clifford Takes a Walk
- Doodlemania with Greg
- 5ive Fun Facts with the Memphis Zoo
Resources for providers are available at www.lebonheur.org/for-providers.
Safe in Our Care
Your family’s health matters to us. Now more than ever, kids need great care. Learn more about our enhanced safety measures to keep you and your family safe
To keep our patients and families safe, we are still limiting visitors and screening anyone who enters our buildings.
Please note: Le Bonheur Children’s is not a public testing location for COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19 from trusted sources, click here.
Le Bonheur School Task Force Recommendations
We believe that kids should be in school, learning. For more than a year, Le Bonheur Children’s Back-to-School Task Force has worked alongside schools to help ensure that kids and teachers stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we recommend everyone wear masks indoors, social distance and follow basic hygiene practices during times of high community transmission. We know these recommendations work based on the results we witnessed last year from schools who used these tactics while they were in person learning.
These basic health and safety measures are the way to ensure that children stay in school to learn, that they don’t get sick and have to come to the hospital and can go on with their regular activities and interests.
Le Bonheur is on the side of children and we thank our pediatric experts for speaking up for the health of children throughout the Mid-South region and beyond.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have developed guidance to provide school leaders regarding reopening schools and to parents educating their children virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that this guidance will minimize risks of illness to students, parents, teachers and staff. Read our recommendations by clicking the links below.
- Le Bonheur and UTHSC Back-to-School Task Force COVID-19 Recommendations – August 2021
- Back-to-School Task Force Vaccine Q & A
- Back-to-School Task Force Delta Variant Q & A
- School Considerations for Students with Diabetes
- Video: Le Bonheur Diabetes School Care Plan Webinar
- PDF: COVID-19 Vaccination Locations, Access and FAQ
- PDF: COVID-19 Vaccination Locations, Access and FAQ (Spanish)
- PDF: COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms
- PDF: School Entrance and Screening Recommendations
- PDF: Cleaning and Disenfecting Recommendations
- PDF: PPE and How to Use It
- PDF: Protection for School Nurses, Educators, and Staff
- PDF: Teacher FAQ
- PDF: Parent FAQ
- PDF: Administrator FAQ
- PDF: Recommendations for Sick Students or Staff
- PDF: Algorithm for Return to School
- PDF: Talking with Children about COVID-19
- Sample Letter: Informing Parents of New Safety Policies
- Sample Letter: Informing Parents of Potential COVID-19 Exposure
- Poster: How to Wear A Mask
- Poster: How NOT to Wear A Mask
- Poster: How to Social Distance
- Poster: Classroom Safety Rules
Testing Locations for Children
If you suspect your child may have COVID-19 and is showing symptoms such as cough or fever, do not go to your child’s pediatrician for testing unless instructed by the pediatrician to do so.
We have compiled a list of Memphis locations for public COVID-19 testing who will test children. Le Bonheur is not a public testing site.
Children who are scheduled for procedures at Le Bonheur will be required to have their test at Le Bonheur Children’s unless otherwise approved by the surgeon.
For a list of testing locations, click here.
Medicaid and CHIP Benefits
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health insurance for eligible children and teens up to age 19. With Medicaid and CHIP, parents get the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children have access to essential medical care, such as preventive services or emergency care should they get sick or injured. Even if you have applied before and were not able to obtain coverage, you may now be eligible.
Community Resources for Families
There are several community resources available for families who need them during this uncertain time. Click below to see everything that is available. Please call before going to any of the places listed. Many of these resources are always changing.
Online General Resource Guides for Families
Search by zip code to find free or reduced cost services in the greater Memphis area
Listing of state and local health and human services programs
Shelby County Division of Community Services’ COVID-19 resource guide
Other Community Resources
- PDF: Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center
- PDF: Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center Parent Avengers Group
- PDF: Food Resources
- PDF: Financial and Employment Resources
- PDF: Health and Education Resources
- PDF: Transportation and Housing Resources
- PDF: Unemployment Claims due to COVID-19
- PDF: TN DCS Family Resource Guide
- Link: Free Reading Resources for Tennessee Families of K-2 Children
Your financial gifts are needed now more than ever, and we are grateful for your support. Give to the COVID-19 Response Fund.
To ensure that we will be able to use donated items, please refer to our guidelines on our In-kind donations page.
Trusted Sources of Information
The Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line has been established by the Tennessee Department of Health. The phone number is 877-857-2954 — and it is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Updates from the TDH can be found at www.tn.gov/health.
As Tennessee’s public academic medical institution, the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is providing COVID-19 related updates at www.uthsc.edu/coronavirus.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is continually updating the Your Health blog with COVID-19 information at https://yourhealth.methodisthealth.org/..