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COVID-19 testing for children


Drive through testing is available by appointment only.

Schedule your test

  • COVID-19 testing is for patients between the age of 2 months up to 22 years. Age exceptions will be made for patients only getting pre-procedure testing as noted when scheduling.
  • COVID-19 testing at Children's Mercy is only available by appointment.
  • You can have up to four children tested per appointment slot.

When you arrive for a drive through test

  • When you arrive, follow the signage to the testing location.
  • Stay in your car.
  • Use the QR code on the sign to check-in, letting the team know you have arrived.
  • A staff member will come out to your car and perform the test.

Getting test results

  • Please keep the child quarantined at home while waiting for test results.
  • 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.
  • If you do not have access to the MyChildrensMercy patient portal, you will receive results from a text message, email or phone call from our Follow-Up Nurses using the phone number or email you provided at registration.
  • All results are reported to the Health Department. They may contact you regarding your test results.
  • 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.
Find an appointment time

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.

Children having anesthesia at Children’s Mercy for either surgery or other procedures are required to have COVID-19 PCR testing within 48 to 72 hours prior to anesthesia.

Patients who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated will not require pre-procedure testing (excludes patients who are immunosuppressed). Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks following the last recommended dose by the manufacture. Vaccine validation with visualization of the card is required. Please bring your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card on the day of surgery.

A nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange testing at a Children's Mercy location.

For more information, use these links:

We strongly encourage families to use a Children’s Mercy location because we have less than 48-hour turnaround time and immediate record of test results.

Children's Mercy only accepts documented PCR COVID-19 test results. Home testing results are not accepted.

If the COVID-19 test was performed somewhere other than Children's Mercy, you must provide a document of proof of the results by 5 p.m. the business day before surgery (Monday surgeries need proof of results by 5 p.m. the Friday before).

If we do not have PCR COVID-19 test results the business day before the procedure, the procedure will likely be cancelled.

If you are unable to schedule a COVID-19 test with us, please use the resources below for more testing options:

  • Missouri
    Comprehensive listing with more than 20 testing options: KCMO.gov

  • Kansas
    Map of testing sites by location: knowbeforeyougoks.com

  • Additional testing information can be found by following @kcvaccinewatch on Twitter. As spots open at locations, they will tweet out updates.

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.

Monday - Friday

Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

 

Finding your results

 

Screenshot of  "COVID-19 & Flu Results" in the Patient Portal dropdown menu.

 


Once you are logged into the patient portal:

  • Select View Health Records.
  • Then select COVID-19 & Flu Results. This will open the screen that provides the positive or negative result.

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.

Open the portal

 

View COVID-19 positive results at Children's Mercy

Additional testing information

Preparing your child for the test

We have developed a guide to help you and your child prepare for their test.