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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Rapid Testing for Coronavirus

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The Children’s National Hospital Emergency Department (ED) offers rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We recommend your child is tested by your pediatrician, if they are conducting tests. However, if you choose to come to our ED, no referral is needed.

When you visit our ED for a COVID-19 test, your child will be seen for an emergency care visit. He or she will have an exam with one of our pediatric emergency medicine providers before being tested for COVID-19, and your insurance will be billed for an emergency room visit. Out of pocket costs will vary based on your individual insurance.

Benefits of Children’s National COVID-19 Testing

As pediatric emergency specialists, we are trained to do COVID-19 testing on children and we have supports available in Child Life Services to help ease your child's anxiety. If your child is age 2 and under, we have specially designed swabs that are smaller and more comfortable for our younger patients. After your child receives testing, their results will be available in 48 hours. You will have the option to schedule a follow-up telehealth visit if needed.

Learn more about how Children’s National is taking all precautions to protect our patients during this pandemic.

Locations for Rapid Testing

Children's National Emergency Department (Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010 

Children’s National Emergency Department at United Medical Center (Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
1310 Southern Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20032  

Doctors Community Hospital Emergency Department (Hours: 1-11 p.m. daily)
8118 Good Luck Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Regional Testing Locations

There are several alternative sites for children in the region that also offer testing:

Learn what to do if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.