What is Marcus Autism Center's safety plan?

Safety Measures at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Facilities
After several weeks of sheltering in place and postponement of certain types of appointments and procedures at Marcus Autism Center, many of you are in the process of rescheduling your plans to bring your child into our facility in coming weeks. And chances are you have some concerns about visiting a public place like a doctor’s office or healthcare facility. We understand and want you to know that your safety is a priority at Marcus Autism Center.

What is the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta reopening safety plan?
We have taken a number of important steps to make our facility as safe as possible. We ask you to join us in ensuring safety for all patients, visitors and staff by adhering to the following five safety measures:

  1. All Children’s facilities will require a wellness screening for patients and visitors for signs of illness. Before entering our facility, everyone will have their temperature checked and be asked questions about their symptoms, including cough, fever higher than 100°F, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, congestion and muscle aches. Any visitor showing signs of illness will not be allowed into our facility.
  2. Visitor restrictions are in place. Only two caregivers may accompany a child into the facility. If you have other children, make arrangements for them to stay home.
  3. Everyone visiting our facility is encouraged to wear a mask from home to your child’s scheduled appointment or procedure. Patients and visitors are also required to wear a mask at all times during their visit. Whether you are in one of our waiting areas, patient rooms, restrooms, or hallways a mask must be worn. If you do not have a mask, we will give you one before entering our facility.
  4. We encourage the practice of social distancing, which means maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other patients and visitors. When you arrive for your visit, you may notice signage, including special floor decals, to help make sure everyone stands six feet apart in high traffic areas. You may also notice that seating has been rearranged in our waiting areas in order to follow social distancing guidelines.
  5. We have enhanced our cleaning measures. All areas are being frequently sanitized, and all counters are continuously being disinfected. Our facility has incorporated green is clean signage as well as cleaning logs to indicate what exactly is being disinfected and when. Please let your clinician know if there is anything we could be doing better. We encourage visitors to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use the readily available hand sanitizer provided throughout our facility.

COVID-19 Family Resource Guide
Marcus Autism Center has developed a resource guide to help support you through this ever-changing situation. Our hope is that this guide is informative and useful for the unique needs of all families. It includes:

  • Information about COVID-19 and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Educational resources
  • Social stories and visual supports
  • Care coordination resources

Download the resource guide.

Rest assured that Marcus Autism Center is making every effort to ensure our facilities are safe and ready to welcome you and your child. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit.

Additional resources

This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.