What to Expect at Seattle Children’s During COVID-19
Seattle Children’s is committed to keeping our patients, families and workforce members safe from exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Here’s what you need to know about your visit to any of our locations:
Current visitation policy
- For patients coming for a clinic visit: At all of our clinics, we recommend that only 1 parent or adult caregiver come with a patient to their appointment. However, up to 4 people may come to the appointment with the patient. Siblings who are younger than 1 year old can come and are not included in the total number of people allowed at the visit.
- For patients staying at the hospital overnight: Up to 4 adult caregivers are allowed in the room with the patient at a time during visiting hours and 2 overnight. Siblings younger than 1 year old may visit and may stay with the caregiver(s) overnight. No other siblings may visit unless they are a designated caregiver over the age of 18.
- For patients staying in the Special Isolation Unit: Up to 4 adult caregivers may be designated as visitors but only 2 adult caregivers are allowed in a room at a time and 2 adult caregivers can stay overnight. Siblings are not allowed in the Special Isolation Unit unless they are 18 years or older. This includes siblings younger than 1 year old.
- For patients coming to the Surgery Center: Only 1 parent or adult caregiver should come with the patient to the hospital or Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center for the surgical procedure. Up to 2 parents or adult caregivers can come after the procedure to receive care instructions and take the patient home. Siblings who are younger than 1 year old can come and are not included in the total number of people allowed at the visit. No other siblings are allowed unless they are a designated caregiver over the age of 18.
Symptom screening for patients and families
Upon arrival, patients and families are asked screening questions for signs of illness. Please contact your child’s provider if your child develops a new illness like fever, cough or runny nose before your scheduled visit.
Masks are required in clinical areas
We require patients, families and visitors to wear a medical mask in all clinical areas This includes exam rooms, waiting rooms, procedure areas and inpatient rooms and hallways. We recommend masking in all other areas of the hospital and clinics, but it is not required.
You should also wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose or fever in all areas of our hospital and clinics. We will have masks available as you enter if you do not have your own mask.
COVID-19 screenings for patients with a planned surgery, procedure or hospital stay
A member of our team will contact patients and conduct a phone screening to determine if COVID-19 testing is required before a procedure or admission. If testing is required, we will coordinate and inform you of next steps.
Symptom screening for staff and faculty
Staff follow our standard work restriction policy as it applies to them if they are ill. This means they should not come to work if they have certain respiratory symptoms.
We offer COVID-19 vaccines to our patients staying in the hospital or coming for a clinic visit at our Seattle Children’s hospital campus in Seattle and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). Ask the care team about a COVID-19 vaccine for your child.
- Learn more about our COVID-19 vaccine offerings through OBCC.
- To find a COVID-19 vaccine site in the community, check out Vaccines.gov.
COVID-19 Testing Information
Seattle Children’s offers COVID-19 testing for patients ages 20 and under in certain instances. Learn more about COVID-19 testing at Seattle Children's and in the community.
Patient and Family Resources
- COVID-19 Family and Visitor Guidelines (PDF) (Arabic) (French) (Simplified Chinese) (Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)
- Pre-Appointment Testing for COVID-19 (PDF) (Arabic) (Simplified Chinese) (Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)