Testing and virtual screenings
If you are concerned that your child may have COVID-19, and you have a primary care provider, we recommend you call your primary care provider first.
If your need is more urgent, please call 911.
Testing for COVID-19
Important information about testing
- Not all children will be tested for COVID-19
- If your child has mild symptoms, they should stay home
Testing by your primary care provider
- Please contact your primary care provider first to determine if you should be seen at their office
Testing by Children's Mercy
- If your care provider (primary care or Children's Mercy nurse or pediatric specialist) is concerned your child might be in respiratory distress, they may suggest you go to the Emergency Room
- Your child may be tested for COVID-19
Preparing your child for a nasal swab
The screening test for COVID-19 involves swabbing your child's nose. Below are helpful steps that explain the procedure to your child.
- Your nurses and doctors need to help find out what germs are making your body sick.
- The nurse will put a thin cotton swab inside your nose and move it around for a few seconds.
- The cotton swab is soft. Most kids say this is uncomfortable but is over very fast!
- Please let the nurse know if you have questions! Thank you for being so brave! This will help us figure out more about why you are sick and how we can help you feel better!
Available 24 hours a day
If you do not have a primary care provider, or if it is after hours, you may complete a virtual screening to determine if your child should be seen by a pediatric specialist at Children's Mercy. Here are the steps to get you started.
Virtual screenings are available for children:
- Who are physically located in Kansas, Missouri or Oklahoma at the present time
- If you are currently outside of these states, please contact a local health care provider
How virtual screenings work
- You will answer basic questions about your child's current health.
If your answers indicate your child may be at risk for a respiratory infection
Start a virtual screening
- You will be asked if you would like to speak with a nurse from Children's Mercy.
- If you answer "yes," you will be contacted via phone by a nurse from Children's Mercy.
- The nurse will determine if your child should be seen virtually by a Children's Mercy pediatric specialist.