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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing - Updated January 4, 2022

CHKD's Emergency Department, Urgent Care Centers and main hospital are all accepting patients. We encourage patients to seek care through their pediatrician, urgent care, emergency department, or 911 depending on the severity of the situation.

CHKD's pediatric practices are experiencing a very heavy volume of calls from parents regarding COVID-19 testing. We are working diligently to answer all calls and ask for patience as we work to provide the care and information parents and children need.

At the same time, we want to remind parents that children who have no symptoms and no known exposure do not need a test and that emergency rooms should be reserved for sick patients.

Children who have mild symptoms are best cared for by their primary care doctors, or, if they are unable to get an appointment, in an urgent care setting. Children who have exposures but no symptoms can be tested at alternative testing sites using this Virginia Department of Health link.

As always, if your child has severe illness or trouble breathing, call 911.


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