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COVID-19 testing for children


If your need is more urgent, please call 911.

Schedule your test

  • COVID-19 testing is for patients between the age of 2 months up to 22 years. Exceptions are available for pre-procedural testing as noted when scheduling.
  • COVID-19 testing at Children's Mercy is only available by appointment utilizing Save My Spot.
  • Use Save My Spot to reserve a time to be seen in person at the Children's Mercy location close to you.
  • If bringing multiple children for testing, each child must have their own appointment slot.

When you arrive

  • Please arrive according to your Save My Spot time.
  • When you arrive, use the kiosk to check-in. Select that you are there for a "COVID-19 Testing."
  • You will be called to the desk to register.
  • A staff member will then call you back to do the test.
  • A parent/guardian must be with the patient for testing.
  • Your child will not be examined at this time. You will only receive the test.

Getting test results

  • Please keep the child quarantined at home while waiting for test results.
  • Results will be processed offsite and will be available within 1-2 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 in 1-2 days.
  • 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.
Get started: use Save My Spot now

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 72 hours prior to anesthesia.

A nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange testing.

For more information, use these links:

Testing locations


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

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

Appointment times available through Save My Spot.

Monday - Friday

Children's Mercy Broadway, Parking Level 2
3101 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 915-4805

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 717-4700

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
(816) 478-5200

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 413-2500

If you need testing on a holiday, please check the hours for urgent care locations.

Saturday - Sunday

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 717-4700

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
(816) 478-5200

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 413-2500

If you need testing on a holiday, please check the hours for urgent care locations.
 

Finding your results

 

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

 


Once you are logged into the patient portal:

  • Select View Health Records.
  • Then select COVID-19 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.