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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Traveling to Children's

Guidance for Visiting the Emergency Department Regarding Coronavirus

Children’s National Hospital has implemented strategies to limit the spread of coronavirus in our community. As a precaution to protect our patients, families and staff, we are following the recommendations from the CDC.

If your child has developed a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, or has been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should contact your child’s primary care provider. If you feel that your child is having a medical emergency, please come to the Emergency Department. They will then work with your local or state health departments to determine the appropriate next steps for your child’s care.

Please only visit the Emergency Department if you are experiencing a major or life-threatening issue. This will help limit the potential spread of the virus in our community, and will help ensure that our Emergency Department is able to care for patients with the most critical needs first.

Based on recommendations from public health authorities, we are not providing testing based solely on the request of a child’s primary caregiver. We will work closely with the Department of Health to determine if testing is required based on a patient’s symptoms and risk of exposure.

Helpful Information for Traveling to Children's National

Let us help make your trip to Children’s National as easy as possible. Discover information on our locations, transportation and parking information, visiting hours, where to stay during your visit, spending the night at the hospital and things to do in the area.

Patients and Mother at Welcome Desk

Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Parents, guardians and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Children’s National has guidelines for visitors that help us maintain a safe and calm environment for high-quality care.
Children's National Health System Main Hospital

Locations and Directions

Find all of our Children's National locations throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.

A Children's National shuttle bus

Transportation and Parking

We want your trip to our hospital to be easy to navigate, whether by car or public transportation. Here are tips for traveling to and/or parking at our main hospital campus.

Playful child with mother.

Places to Stay

We have a team of staff members ready to help you make arrangements for your stay nearby while your child receives care. From hotels to corporate apartments, there are a variety of accommodations available for your family. 
Patient in hospital bed with nurse

Spending the Night at the Hospital

At Children’s National, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us, especially when you are spending the night at the hospital.

DC skyline

Things to Do in D.C.

Learn about the parks, museums and other activities your family may find helpful during your child's stay at Children's National.