COVID-19 Testing for Kids
Does CHOP perform tests to detect COVID-19?
Yes. CHOP has partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) to offer families both online and phone screening options to determine if a child meets COVID-19 testing criteria.
If your child meets criteria, the screening tool will provide options to schedule an appointment at one of CHOP’s testing sites located across the Greater Philadelphia region. You do not need to be a current CHOP patient to schedule an appointment at a CHOP testing site. Please note testing is available by appointment only.
All CHOP testing sites use PCR testing and obtain the specimen using the less invasive anterior nares testing swabs. Results of PCR tests are generally available within 24 to 48 hours.
Access CHOP's COVID-19 Screening Tools
- We are not currently able to offer testing for asymptomatic patients seeking testing pre-travel or for other screening purposes.
- If you are looking for information about getting your child a COVID-19 test prior to a surgery or hospital admission, please contact your medical provider directly.
How do I get a COVID-19 test through CHOP?
- Call your child’s medical provider to discuss your child’s symptoms and exposures.
- If your provider recommends a COVID-19 test, proceed to CHOP’s online screening tool or call the helpline.
- If CHOP’s screening results in a recommendation of COVID-19 testing for your child, you will be directed to schedule your appointment for testing, whether it’s at a drive-through or indoor site.
Where are CHOP's COVID-19 testing locations?
CHOP-run drive-through/walk-through and indoor COVID-19 testing sites can be found at the following locations. Testing is available by appointment only, for those who meet testing criteria due to symptoms or exposure identified through our screening tool.
In the evenings and on weekends, COVID-19 testing (including rapid testing) is offered at all four CHOP Urgent Care locations. To be tested at one of these locations, your child must either be seen onsite for an in-person Urgent Care visit or via an Urgent Care video visit.
Covid-19 Testing Locations
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
734 Schuylkill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19146
Monday and Thursday: 8am-7pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8am-3pm
Friday and Saturday: 8-11am
CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees
1012 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 8am-3pm
CHOP COVID-19 Testing Site at Woodland Recreation Center
1414 S. 47th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Tuesday and Saturday: 2pm-7pm
CHOP COVID-19 Testing Site at Mill Creek Recreation Center
4700 Brown Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Tuesday and Saturday: 8am-1pm
CHOP COVID-19 Testing Site at N. Gulph Road
500 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Monday and Friday: 12pm-7pm
Wednesday and Sunday: 8am-3pm
CHOP Urgent Care, Brandywine Valley
819 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342
CHOP Urgent Care, Bucks County
500 W. Butler Ave., Chalfont, PA 18914
CHOP Urgent Care, Haverford
663 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
CHOP Urgent Care, King of Prussia
550 S. Goddard Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Current CHOP patients who see a CHOP Primary Care pediatrician may also be tested at their primary care office if testing is recommended.
Obtaining test results
COVID-19 test results will be provided within 48 hours via MyCHOP, our secure patient portal. Follow these instructions to obtain results and review this information to help you understand your results. If you do not have a MyCHOP account, please call 800-722-7112 for set-up and activation. If it has been more than two days since your child’s test and you do not see results, please call 800-722-7112.
All children being admitted to CHOP for surgery, for an outpatient surgical procedure or any other inpatient stay will be tested for COVID-19 prior to/upon admission. In these cases, your child’s care team will give you instructions and order the COVID-19 test specifically for your child’s admission/procedure needs.
Tests from outside facilities may be accepted if done within 72 hours of admission. Your child’s care team will determine any additional screening or testing needed.
Preparing kids for COVID-19 testing
If the online or phone screening tool has recommended testing, read these tips from CHOP child life specialists for preparing your child for drive-through COVID-19 testing or watch the short video below. All CHOP COVID-19 testing sites now use the less invasive nasal swab, called anterior nares, to obtain the specimen for testing. This involves swabbing only about 1 centimeter into each nostril for about 10 seconds each.
Resources for providers
If you are seeking a test for a pediatric patient, provide the family with the URL (chop.edu/covid-testing) of CHOP’s COVID-19 screening tool so they can determine if their child meets criteria for a COVID-19 test.
If you are a testing provider:
- View a collection of resources that will help you provide the best possible COVID-19 testing experience for children who present to your test site.
- Review CHOP’s clinical pathway for guidance on screening and testing for COVID-19 disease in an ambulatory setting.
The CARES act requires that providers post their cash price for COVID-19 testing. CHOP’s cash price for COVID-19 lab testing is $219. Health insurance plans are required to cover the cost of appropriately ordered COVID-19 tests without cost sharing. Please note, this price is only for the COVID-19 test. Other tests and screening may be ordered and provided at the same time of service, which will affect a total bill for this service. For questions, please call the Patient Cost Estimation Department at 267-426-1467.
If you have additional questions about testing at CHOP, call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 800-722-7112.
CHOP will never ask for sensitive information such as passwords or social security numbers outside of MyCHOP, our patient portal. If you receive a call, text, email or social media message asking for sensitive information, do not respond. If you have questions, call your CHOP provider using a phone number you know is legitimate, or contact us through MyCHOP.