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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing 

If you need a COVID-19 test for your child, please use the following information to determine where to get tested. 

  • If your child has no symptoms, and you need a test to prove negative COVID status to return to school or participate in a special activity, call your primary care pediatrician to see if you can get a test there. Many pediatricians will make this initial evaluation by telemedicine and then decide on testing. If there is an exposure and no symptoms, there is no reason to test until 5-7 days following exposure. If they aren’t performing tests, please visit a community testing site or local pharmacy that offers testing. You can find a local COVID-19 testing site near you. Please do not go to the emergency room for this testing. The emergency rooms need to be able to care for sick children.
  • If your child has a mild illness, and you are concerned that they may have COVID-19, call your CHKD primary care pediatrician. If your child has mild symptoms, this appointment can wait until the next time that your pediatrician is open. Many pediatricians will make this initial evaluation by telemedicine and then decide on testing.  
  • If your child is sick and you are unable to get an appointment with your CHKD primary care pediatrician, please visit a CHKD Urgent Care center to see if they recommend testing. Your child must be registered as an Urgent Care patient for a test to be performed. Find a CHKD Urgent Care center here.
  • If your child has a severe illness or has trouble breathing, visit an emergency department near you, or call 911. CHKD’s emergency department is open 24/7 at the main hospital, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, Virginia, 23507. CHKD’s Emergency Department does not provide COVID-19 tests on healthy children for return-to-school purposes.

Special Circumstances

CHKD is requiring children who have a procedure or surgery scheduled at CHKD, to have a COVID-19 test prior to their procedure, even if they do not have symptoms or a history of exposure. These tests must take place within a specific time frame. A staff member from the surgery department will call you with details about when and where to get your child’s test.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • fever
  • cough
  • any new shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • congestion or runny nose
  • fatigue 

COVID-19 Testing Information for Parents from CHKD