COVID-19 Testing for Kids

Does CHOP perform tests to detect COVID-19?

Young child being tested for COVID-19 Yes. If you, your child, or someone in your family has symptoms of COVID-19, your first step should be to call your medical provider. They will coordinate safe testing and treatment and get you the care you need.

CHOP providers will work with local and state health departments to determine if coronavirus testing is required based on your child’s symptoms and potential exposures. Not everyone with symptoms needs to be tested. You and your provider should partner on this decision. If a decision is made to test, CHOP will refer you for testing at one of our offices or drive-through locations where specimens will be collected.

How do I get a COVID-19 test through CHOP?

If your provider determines a test would be helpful, they will provide instructions for next steps on how to set up your lab appointment for testing, whether it’s in an office or at a drive-through site.

CHOP patients can be referred for COVID-19 testing by a CHOP medical provider.

Non-CHOP patients may also be tested for COVID-19 at one of our locations when referred by a State or County Department of Health.

Where can I get a CHOP COVID-19 test?

CHOP-run drive-through COVID-19 testing sites can be found at the following locations. If you have an appointment scheduled at one of our drive-through testing sites and you are running late or have questions about your visit, you can contact the testing site at the numbers listed here. Please note these phone lines are for patients with scheduled appointments only, and that you must have a scheduled appointment to be seen at one of these sites.

In the evenings and on weekends, COVID-19 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 hours are the same as Urgent Care hours.

Current CHOP patients who see a CHOP Primary Care pediatrician may also be tested at their primary care office if testing is recommended.

All children being admitted to CHOP for surgery, for an outpatient surgical admission or any other inpatient stay, will be tested for COVID-19 prior to/upon admission. 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 your child’s healthcare provider 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.

Resources for providers

If you are seeking a test for a pediatric patient, call 1-800-TRY-CHOP press 2 to refer a patient for testing.

If you are a testing provider:

Additional information

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.


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