What to Expect at Seattle Children’s During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to surge in our community, we are following strict guidelines to keep your in-person visit and hospital stay as safe as possible. Here’s what you need to know about your visit to any of our locations:
We have several safety measures in place, including:
Visitor restrictions at all our locations
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 accompany the patient at their appointment. We do not allow more than 4 people without an exception. 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: Single and double rooms allow parents or adults to be identified as caregivers. Up to 4 people are allowed in the room with the patient at a time during visiting hours and 2 overnight.
- In double rooms: 2 caregivers per patient can stay overnight.
- In the Special Isolation Unit: 2 caregivers are allowed in a room at a time and can stay overnight.
Upon arrival, patients and families are asked screening questions for signs of illness. Based on their responses, we conduct further screening and/or COVID-19 testing of the patient. Some patients are proactively tested before their clinic appointment or hospital stay. Please contact your child’s provider if your child develops a new illness like fever, cough, or runny nose before your scheduled visit.
Everyone, including patients, families and visitors, is required to wear a medical mask at all times. This includes the blue masks we provide at entrances, or KN95 masks that you can purchase. At this time, wearing a cloth mask or other face covering is not allowed. If you do not have your own mask, we will give you a mask as you enter the building.
We have signage and instructions for physical distancing at areas of our hospital and clinics where people might gather. Places like our family lounges and waiting rooms have been rearranged to allow people to keep physical distance of at least 6 feet.
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.
Staff are continuing to screen for signs of illness. If an employee is found to have signs of illness, they are referred to COVID-19 testing and asked to follow our standard work restriction policy as it applies to them.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
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 the Washington State Vaccine Locator.
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.
Access to the care you need, when you need it
As we continue to try to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases in our community, we are taking steps to increase in-person visits to our hospital and clinics. We are also increasing our telehealth capabilities for most of our clinics so we can continue to serve patients for whom a virtual appointment is best. Our scheduling teams will contact patients and families to offer reschedule dates for the appointments we had to postpone as part of our response to COVID-19.
Seattle Children’s remains open for patients with urgent and emergent needs during this COVID-19 outbreak. If your child needs urgent medical care or is experiencing an emergency, take them to your nearest emergency department without delay. For many patients, delaying care can have serious complications.
Our Emergency Department in Seattle and Urgent Care clinics in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and Seattle are ready to care for your child. If you’re not sure where to bring your child, use our Emergency or Urgent Care guide. If the issue is less urgent, call your child’s primary care provider.
Please note: The Emergency Department and Urgent Care clinics are not COVID-19 testing sites. Learn more about where to get tested for COVID-19.
Seattle Children’s is committed to keeping our patients, families and workforce safe from exposure to COVID-19. In addition to our existing robust infection prevention strategies such as strict focus on hand hygiene and isolation protocols, we have implemented additional safety measures.
Patient and Family Resources
- COVID-19 Family and Visitor Guidelines (PDF) (Arabic) (French) (Simplified Chinese) (Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)
- COVID-19 Vaccination to Protect Yourself and Your Family (PDF) (Arabic) (Simplified Chinese)(Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)
- Face Mask Requirement for Everyone (PDF) (Arabic) (French) (Simplified Chinese) (Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)
- Pre-Appointment Testing for COVID-19 (PDF) (Arabic) (Simplified Chinese) (Russian) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)