For a summary of Seattle Children’s news and information about COVID-19, read our Provider FAQs.

1. Algorithms for Patient Screening at Entrances

All patients and visitors are being screened for COVID-19 at our facility entrances. As we learn more about the coronavirus and the symptoms it can cause, we’ll continue to assess our entrance screening process and make adjustments as necessary to help keep our workforce members and patients safe. Based on recent findings about the virus, we have added additional symptoms to our entrance screening process.

View our screening algorithms for:

Visitors to the Lab who screen positive will be escorted to a negative pressure room and have their labs drawn in the negative pressure room, rather than diverted to the ED.

2. We Are No Longer Accepting Walk-In Patients for X-Ray Services 

Families who need diagnostic x-rays at Seattle Children’s are now required to schedule an appointment.  We are no longer accepting walk-in patients. Families should call 206-987-2089 to schedule an appointment. Schedulers are available to schedule these studies from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. We will evaluate urgency and consider less investigative studies when appropriate.

X-rays can still be done as part of an urgent care visit.

Families visiting Radiology will be screened for COVID-19 (at the hospital campus or regional clinics) before they enter the building. Those who present with respiratory symptoms or influenza-like illness will be placed in strict isolation.

Seattle Children’s continues to offer a full range of imaging services, but we ask that you please help us promote social distancing and preserve supplies and equipment by delaying all non-emergent imaging studies.

3. Modified Laboratory Hours for Saturdays at North and South Clinics

Laboratory hours at our South Clinic in Federal Way and North Clinic in Everett have been slightly reduced to 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (closed for lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m.). Monday through Friday hours at these two clinics remain 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday. View our Laboratory Medicine and Pathology website for a full listing of all our lab locations and hours. Labs continue to be open to walk-in visits, with COVID-19 screening in place at entrances.

4. Reminder about Ambulatory Appointments including EEG and EKGs

As a reminder, all ambulatory appointments (existing and new) at Seattle Children’s facilities are being triaged for urgency. This includes appointments for EEG and EKGs. View our COVID-19 scheduling guidelines for more information.

5. Pre-operative Testing at Seattle Children’s: What Happens When Patients Live Far Away or Cannot Get Tested in Time

As we conveyed in an earlier message, we have started screening all pre-operative patients for COVID-19. This includes patients who will have a procedure in an operating room and those who need anesthesia in Radiology. These tests need to be collected 48 to 72 hours prior to surgery and are being offered at our drive-through testing location at our Sand Point Learning Center (SPLC) north of the hospital.

We understand that timely testing is not widely available outside the Seattle area.  Perioperative Services will be working with families traveling from further away to help coordinate early arrival to the Seattle area to allow testing.

Unfortunately, we lack capacity to offer testing at our sites outside Seattle, including our regional clinics; all pre-operative testing will be offered at our SPLC location only.

There will be patients who will be unable to undergo testing prior to surgery due to distance or urgency of procedure.  If testing cannot be conducted, there will be a clinical escalation to decide if the procedure should:

    • Be postponed until patient has recovered (if symptoms exist)
    • Be postponed until testing can be completed
    • Proceed – with appropriate precautions in place to protect our workforce

As a reminder, Seattle Children’s is informing families of the testing requirement, placing the screening order at SPLC and communicating the test results. All testing is ordered by Seattle Children’s providers and is not open to the general public.

6. Closed to In-Person Visits: Seattle Children’s at Overlake and South Sound Cardiology Clinics (Centralia, Federal Way, and Silverdale)

As part of our response to COVID-19, we have closed Seattle Children’s Sleep and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Overlake, and South Sound Cardiology Clinics in Centralia, Federal Way, and Silverdale to in-person visits. As a reminder, our Olympia Clinic is also closed to in-person visits. We are contacting patients who have appointments to reschedule them or change to telephone visits.

Seattle Children’s is assessing the operating hours of other clinics and may close or reduce hours in some locations. Patients with appointments that must occur in person may be asked to travel to another location. At this time, we plan to keep all Urgent Care locations open. We may modify Urgent Care hours or staffing due to low volumes.

7. COVID-19 Panel Discussions Now Available Online

Seattle Children’s hosted two virtual events last week, now available on our YouTube channel.

COVID-19: The Seattle Children’s Experience

Seattle Children’s infectious disease and emergency medicine experts shared their experiences from the front lines at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. This event includes a Q&A on how to prepare. Watch the video. 

Confronting Tragic Choices in the Midst of a Pandemic

Our regional disaster healthcare network is one of the few in the country that has been focused on planning around a severe pandemic. Watch our panel discussion on how decisions are made when resources are scarce.