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Children’s Mercy is providing COVID-19 testing by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for children at several locations. View the latest symptoms of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 testing options for children


If your need is more urgent, please call 911.

Who can get the test?

  • Children over 2 months of age up to 22 years of age. If your child is under 2 months of age, please contact your primary care provider for a referral.

Steps to get the test

  • If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Drive-up Testing Form.
  • If your child has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Drive-up Testing Form 5-7 days after exposure.
  • The completed information will be sent to Children's Mercy.
  • Children's Mercy will call you to schedule a time to get tested at a testing location convenient for you.
  • When you arrive for the test, please stay in your vehicle.
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What to expect after COVID-19 testing

  • The results of this test will be available in 1-3 days.
  • The results will be available within the MyChildrensMercy patient portal; this is the fastest way to get your results. COVID-19 test results can be printed directly from the portal.
  • Patients who self-referred without an order will receive their results within the MyChildrensMercy patient portal or by phone from a Children’s Mercy nurse. Ask the Children’s Mercy nurse or call (913) 696-8378 to get either of the following:
    • A return to work or school note.
    • A printed copy of the COVID-19 test results, if not on MyChildrensMercy patient portal.
  • All results are reported to the Health Department, they may contact you regarding your test results.

For Medical Records or assistance with patient portal enrollment call: (816) 234-3455.

Steps to get the test

  • Your provider will send an order to Children's Mercy. 
  • Children's Mercy will call you to schedule a time to get the test a testing location convenient for you.
  • When you arrive for the test, please stay in your vehicle.

What to expect after COVID-19 testing

  • The results of this test will be available in 1-3 days.
  • Patients referred with an order from their primary care provider will get their results from the provider who ordered the test. Work or school notes should be requested from this provider.
  • All results are reported to the Health Department, they may contact you regarding your test results.

Steps to get the test

  • Use Save My Spot to reserve a time to be seen via telehealth or in person at the Children's Mercy urgent care close to you.
  • The decision on whether or not your child will be tested will be determined by the provider.

Getting test results

  • Please keep the child quarantined at home while waiting for test results.
  • Results are available within 2-3 days. 
  • Results will be sent to your MyChildrensMercy patient portal and may be available sooner.
  • A message will be sent for positive and negative test results.
  • If you do not have an account with the patient portal, we will call you with results.
  • Need to sign up for the portal? Sign up now.
  • If while quarantined you have a scheduled visit in a Children’s Mercy clinic, please call the clinic to ask whether you need to reschedule or switch to a telehealth visit.
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While waiting for the results, please follow the below instructions:

  • Call your child’s primary care provider with any concerns about your child’s symptoms or health.
  • Keep your child at home at all times. Do not take them to school, daycare, outside events or other homes.
  • Limit visitors to your home. This is very important to help prevent spread of disease until you get a negative test.
  • Practice good hand washing. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your
    eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day. This includes bathroom fixtures, doorknobs, phones, keyboards and bedside tables. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to label instructions.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, foods and drinks.
  • Have children two years of age and older and their close contacts wear a mask, this will help to prevent spread of the illness.
  • If you or anyone else in your home has cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please call your health care provider.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) should be used for fever control.

Important: If your child is waiting for COVID-19 test results or tests positive for COVID-19 and has an in-person appointment scheduled with any health care provider, please call that provider to determine whether the appointment needs to be rescheduled.

COVID-19 testing before a procedure or surgery

All children having anesthesia at Children’s Mercy for either surgery or other procedures are required to have COVID-19 PCR testing within 72 hours prior to anesthesia. A nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange testing. Please do not use the self-referral information below.

For more information, use these links:

Testing locations and times

 

Children’s Mercy is providing COVID-19 testing by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for children at several locations. Testing is done by appointment only.

CHILDREN'S MERCY COVID-19 PATIENT TESTING HOTLINE
(913) 696-TEST (8378)

Children’s Mercy Nurse Advice Line
(816) 234-3188

Testing locations Monday - Friday

Children's Mercy Broadway
3101 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Testing locations Saturday - Sunday

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
Noon to 4 p.m.

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
Noon to 4 p.m.

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
Noon to 4 p.m.

Additional testing information

Preparing your child for the test

We have developed a guide to help you and your child prepare for their test. All tests will be done from your car.

Screenshot of "COVID-19 Results" in patient portal.

Finding your results

Once you are logged into the patient portal, select Health Record, then select COVID-19 Results. This will open the screen that provides the positive or negative result. 

  • A result of "not-detected" means the test was negative for COVID-19.
  • A result of "detected" means the test was positive for COVID-19.

Children's Mercy will provide information at the time of your test to help you understand what to do if the test result is positive or negative.