COVID-19 Testing - Updated May 6, 2022

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.

Pre-Procedure Testing for COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, patients having designated procedures, surgery, sedation, or anesthesia at a CHKD facility must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus before their procedure. The test can be done at any of our laboratory locations on a walk-in basis. No appointment is required. Click here for a list of testing locations and additional information prior to your surgery appointment.

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


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