Information About COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Testing Information

Due to a critical shortage of testing personnel and supplies, we are temporarily unable to offer COVID-19 tests at Seattle Children’s except in these instances:

  • Patients staying at the hospital may receive a COVID-19 test. One parent or caregiver for each patient staying overnight at the hospital will be tested if the patient stays in a shared room.

  • 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. One parent or caregiver for each patient staying overnight at the hospital will be tested for COVID-19 if 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.

  • At this time, we are unable to test patients coming to a clinic visit or a visit to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care who have COVID-19 symptoms unless they are considered “high risk.” We will prioritize our limited testing capacity for especially high-risk patients, such as those who are severely immunocompromised or who have certain chronic medical conditions and are not immunized for COVID.

    If your child has an upcoming clinic visit, please contact your child’s provider if they develop a new illness like fever, cough or runny nose before their scheduled visit.  

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, we will bill a federal program that currently fully funds testing for those who are uninsured.
  • If you schedule an Urgent Care visit or are seen in the Emergency Department when you only need a COVID-19 test, you may receive bills for a doctor visit and facility charge.
    • Please note: Due to limited testing capacity, Urgent Care and the Emergency Department will temporarily be unable to do COVID-19 testing for most patients except those who are at high risk for severe COVID disease (see information above).
  • Seattle Children’s offers Financial Assistance. Apply online at seattlechildrens.org/clinics/paying-for-care/financial-assistance or you can call 206-987-3333.

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: