Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs
Now that coronavirus vaccines are being distributed, you may have questions about the vaccines and when your family can expect to receive them.
At Children’s National Hospital, we have 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.
Please remember that all staff, families/caregivers and visitors must wear a mask while in any Children’s National facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For guidance on what masks to use, please refer to the CDC guidelines.
Read more about our policy
COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Policy
We are taking extra steps to protect our patients, families and staff, including updating our visitation policy. Up to two parents/caregivers can accompany a child for an appointment and two parents/caregivers can be at a child’s bedside at a time.
Pediatric Post-COVID Program
Our pediatric Post-COVID Program provides families with access to multiple providers who are experienced in the evaluation and management of children and adolescents affected by long COVID – all at one appointment in one convenient location.
What You Need to Do if Your Child Has Been Exposed to COVID-19
If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or has been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, it’s important to reach out to your child’s care provider.
We recommend your child is tested by your pediatrician if they are conducting tests. There are also several testing sites throughout the region that can accommodate children. However, if you choose to come to our ED, no referral is needed. Your child will receive a full medical exam and evaluation. You will be billed for an Emergency Department visit and out-of-pocket costs will vary based on your insurance.
Protecting Your Family's Health
As regulations allow us to bring more patients and families back for necessary care and surgical procedures, we are undertaking a variety of protective measures such as screening, distancing and cleaning procedures. Take a look at how we are protecting patients, families and staff.
COVID-19 Clinical Trials
Children's National researchers and physicians are currently enrolling children in two COVID-related studies. Find out how your child can participate.
Coronavirus Resources on Rise and Shine
Get answers to frequently asked questions about why your child should get vaccinated, advice for parents with unvaccinated children and how to promote healthy eating habits while remote learning.
We received a tremendous amount of support from the community regarding donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies. Thanks in large part to your generosity over the past six months, we are no longer collecting donations of PPE and cloth masks.
Dr. Bear Bites: Returning to School Safe and Strong
Access video resources from Children’s National experts regarding the safe return to the classroom.
View our coronavirus FAQs
FAQs and Information Hotline
For general questions about coronavirus, families can call 202-476-5169 to speak with staff from Children's National between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have questions about your child's personal healthcare needs, please contact your child's care team.