Parent Resources for COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing for Children

With the return to school, sports, daycare and camps, we know there can be uncertainty in how and when to get a COVID-19 test for your child. Whether your child needs a COVID-19 test for daycare, school, a sports program, or exposure to COVID-19, a valid provider’s order is required to schedule a COVID-19 test.

Here are a few options for acquiring a provider’s order:

  • Your pediatrician or other health care provider (Urgent Care, Walk-in-clinic) can place an order for a COVID-19 test for your child if they determine that there is a medical necessity. Once the order is placed, the child can be accompanied by their parent/guardian to be tested at one of our convenient lab locations.
  • You may also schedule and conduct an on-demand video visit through your MyChart account.
  • Or visit Michigan.gov for additional testing locations.


Note: Spectrum Health emergency departments are not able to provide outpatient COVID-19 testing for those who are without symptoms and want to be screened and tested without seeing a physician.

Visit our screening and testing page for more information on getting a COVID-19 test.


If my child receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, should we take them to see a provider?

We do recommend you call your provider and let them know that your child tested positive.

If your child develops symptoms that require medical care including difficulty breathing, inability to take fluids or symptoms that concern you, contact your child’s pediatrician. If you feel your child has a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.