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 - as ordered by your primary care provider
- If your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19, your primary care provider may write an order for your child to be tested at a Children's Mercy Urgent Care Center Drive Up
- Children's Mercy will contact you to schedule a test after your primary care provider has sent an order to Children's Mercy
- Your primary care provider will notify you of the results
- Important note: you must have a referral from your child's primary care physician in order for your child to receive a COVID-19 test from Children's Mercy; no medical care will be provided at the drive up testing
Preparing your child for a COVID-19 test
The Child Life specialists at Children's Mercy have created a guide to help your child understand how a COVID-19 test works.
Prepare your child for a test
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.