Information About COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Testing Information

Seattle Children’s offers COVID-19 testing for patients ages 20 and younger for the following:

  • All patients staying at the hospital.

  • We require all patients to get a COVID-19 test 2 days before their surgery or a planned hospital stay. This requirement also applies to most procedures. We will call you to help you schedule your testing time and place. If staying overnight at the hospital after a surgery or procedure, we will also require the parents or caregivers to be tested for COVID-19 in case the patient stays in a shared room.

    This test is a requirement for all patients and failing to get tested may result in the surgery or procedure being cancelled or postponed.

  • If your child has signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and you are only interested in having your child tested, please contact your child’s primary care provider for a referral or go to a COVID-19 testing site in the community. Please do not make an urgent care appointment or walk in to get a test at Seattle Children’s hospital or clinics.

    You may also schedule an Urgent Care visit and we can check your child’s symptoms. We may order a COVID-19 test during the visit.

    Please do not walk in to get a test at Seattle Children’s hospital or other clinics (except Urgent Care).

    Seattle Children’s Emergency Department is NOT a COVID-19 testing site.

  • Upon arrival at Seattle Children’s hospital and clinics, patients and families are asked screening questions for signs of illness. Based on their responses, we may conduct further screening and/or COVID-19 testing of the patient. Some patients are tested before their clinic appointment or hospital stay. Contact your child’s provider if they develop a new illness like fever, cough or runny nose before their scheduled visit.

  • A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. Please contact your child’s primary care provider for a referral or go to a COVID-19 testing center in the community. It is best to test 5 days after the exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or once symptoms develop. Testing immediately after an exposure is not advised since there can be false positive tests.

How to Get a Referral for a COVID-19 Test

If your child needs a COVID-19 test, please contact your primary care provider for a referral. You may also schedule an Urgent Care visit and we can check your child’s symptoms. We may order a COVID-19 test during the visit.

Please do not walk in to get a test at Seattle Children’s hospital or other clinics (except Urgent Care). Seattle Children’s Emergency Department is NOT a COVID-19 testing site.

Referring providers, learn more about ordering a COVID-19 test.

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Test

Once you have a referral or test order confirmed from your primary care provider, call our COVID-19 call center and test scheduling line at 206-987-2100 to make an appointment. If you use a language other than English, call our family interpreting line at 1-866-583-1527 and ask the interpreter to connect you to the COVID-19 call center at 206-987-2100.

The call center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. (Please note: The call center may not be available on federal holidays.) After hours and on Sundays, patients and families can dial “0” after calling 206-987-2100 to be connected to Urgent Care for same-day scheduling. Or, you can leave a message and receive a call back within 48 hours.  

Testing Locations, Hours and Contact Information

Before going to any of the testing sites listed below, first make sure you have gotten a referral and the appointment has been scheduled. The COVID-19 call center will provide the location where you should receive your test unless you are otherwise directed by the surgery center or your child’s provider.  

Current testing locations include:

Seattle Children’s Sand Point Learning Center (drive-through testing)

5801 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Hours: Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12 to 1 p.m. for lunch)

Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Locations in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and Seattle

Hours for all Urgent Care locations:
Monday through Friday: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Map and directions for BellevueEverettFederal Way and Seattle.

Learn more about Testing and Follow-Up for COVID-19.

What to Expect at Your COVID-19 Testing Appointment

  • At Sand Point Learning Center drive-through testing: Patients and families should remain in their car and pull into the clearly marked designated testing lane. All car occupants should wear a mask, if possible. A greeter will approach the car to ask about the family’s symptoms and provide instructions. If needed, there is a tent with chairs where a parent/caregiver can hold the child in their lap during the test. Our drive-through option is ideal for families who need to bring more than 1 child.
  • At Seattle Children’s Urgent Care locations: Patients and families should proceed to the front door. We screen all patients and visitors at entry for COVID-19 symptoms. Please bring only the patient being tested and leave other children with a caregiver, if possible.

Cost of COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing at Seattle Children’s is not free. Many insurance companies, including Medicaid, currently cover COVID-19 testing costs in full. Insurance processes change over time and you could have an amount to pay after insurance is billed.

  • If you are insured, we will bill your insurance. Please contact your insurance provider to learn about COVID-19 testing coverage.
  • If you do not have any form of insurance, you will be billed for the cost of the test but we will apply a 25% discount to the cost. You can also apply for Financial Assistance online at seattlechildrens.org/clinics/paying-for-care/financial-assistance or by calling 206-987-3333. Additionally, free or lower cost testing may be available at alternative locations in the community.
  • If you schedule an Urgent Care visit when you only need a COVID-19 test, you may receive bills for an Urgent Care doctor visit and clinic facility charge.

To find free COVID-19 testing in the community, visit 1 of the COVID-19 testing resources listed in the section below. 

COVID-19 Testing in the Community

Visit the following websites to find COVID-19 testing sites in the community, including free testing sites: