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)
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.
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:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Testing for COVID-19 (available in multiple languages)
- Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
- Idaho Coronavirus Website
- Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Public Health — Seattle & King County
- Washington State Department of Health: