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. View the FAQ below to learn how to have your child screened and schedule a COVID-19 test.

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.

My child’s daycare, camp, school, or sports team requires COVID-19 testing. What options do I have to get them tested?

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.

Note: A physician referral is required to obtain an appointment.

My child has had known exposure to COVID-19. What options do I have to get them tested?

  • If your child is a minor (0-11):

    • You may use MyChart to virtually screen your child and to self-schedule a COVID-19 test.

    • You will first need to have the child added to your MyChart patient portal via Shared Access. We are happy to set this up for you, however, for security purposes, we need to speak with you over the phone. You may request shared access by calling our support team at 877.308.5083.

    • Once you have shared access, click here for complete instructions on how to conduct screening and self-schedule a COVID-19 test.

    • If you do not have access to MyChart, require an interpreter or special assistance, or if your child is pre-procedure or surgery patient, call 833.559.0659 to be screened.

  • If your child is an adolescent (12-17):

    • Your child can create, or login to, their own MyChart account and use the virtual screening and COVID-19 test self-scheduling feature. For full complete instructions click here.

    • Or, you may do so as a proxy if your adolescent grants you access. To be receive access we need to speak to you and your child by phone. You may request shared access by calling our support team at 877.308.5083.

    • If you do not have access to MyChart, require an interpreter or special assistance, or if your child is pre-procedure or surgery patient, call 833.559.0659 to be screened.

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.