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Coronavirus Update: What patients and families need to know

What to Do If Your Child May Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus

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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.

Testing for Coronavirus

Children’s National is providing drive-up/walk up COVID-19 test collection only for pediatric patients who have a physician’s referral. If you think your child needs to be tested, please ask your child’s physician for a referral. You may share these instructions with your child's physician so they can make a referral.

Children's National Hospital Coronavirus Hotline

For general questions about coronavirus, families can call 202-476-5169 to speak with staff from Children's National between 8 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.