COVID-19 Testing for Kids
CHOP performs COVID-19 testing for kids using PCR testing and obtains the specimen using the less invasive anterior nares testing swabs. Results of PCR tests are generally available within 24 to 48 hours.
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.
How do I get a COVID-19 test through CHOP?
Use either the online or phone screening tool to determine if your child meets the testing criteria.
Call the helpline 800-722-7112
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.
- 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.
CHOP's COVID-19 testing locations and hours
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 is offered at all five CHOP Urgent Care locations. To be tested at one of these locations, your child must be seen onsite for an in-person Urgent Care 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 Mill Creek Recreation Center
4700 Brown Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Hours vary based on community needs
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, Abington
1840 Susquehanna Rd., Abington, PA 19001
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 at CHOP testing sites
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.
COVID-19 testing in schools
As schools implement more routine on-site COVID-19 testing to support safe in-person learning, CHOP developed resources to support students and prepare them for regular school-based COVID-19 testing:
- Video presentation for teachers and school staff
- Tip sheet for teachers and school staff: Supporting students
- Tip sheet for parents and caregivers: Supporting your child
These resources were developed through Project: ACE-IT (Assisting Childhood Education through Increased Testing) a program within PolicyLab at CHOP that supports safe in-person learning for students and staff through routine COVID-19 testing. The focus of these resources is to provide guidance, suggested language and strategies for teachers and school staff to best support students at your school.
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.