We know this is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to provide updated information about how Seattle Children’s is preparing and managing COVID-19, and how we can support primary care providers.

Are there any changes to Seattle Children’s outpatient radiology services?

We are continuing to offer a full range of imaging services including walk-in diagnostic outpatient x-ray in Bellevue, Federal Way, Everett, and Seattle. All families will be asked a series of screening questions before they enter the building. Families who present with respiratory symptoms or influenza-like illness will be put in strict isolation. We may consider less investigative studies when applicable.

When should PCPs send patients to Seattle Children’s Emergency Department (or not)?

Please only send your patients to Seattle Children’s Emergency Department if they are sufficiently ill to need emergent treatment (i.e. they meet criteria for being admitted). Please call our ED Communications Center first at 206-987-8899.

Patients with non-emergent respiratory symptoms and concern for COVID-19 should call Public Health – Seattle & King County and quarantine at home.

Who is being tested for COVID-19?

Current capacity for testing is limited. Ambulatory or admitted patients qualify for testing if they meet the current CDC definition of PUI, which currently (as of 3/4/20) includes relevant travel exposure, contact with a known COVID case, and those admitted with fever and lower respiratory tract infection. Results typically take between 24 to 48 hours.

Is Seattle Children’s able to test for COVID-19?

The viral respiratory panel used at Seattle Children’s does not detect COVID-19. We are sending our COVID-19 panels to the University of Washington for testing and receiving results back in 24-48 hours.  Current capacity is limited.

COVID-19 testing is available only for our inpatients with respiratory symptoms and patients who meet the CDC testing criteria. 

For more information, read our complete FAQ for providers.

Additional Resources

If your patient has questions or is concerned about COVID-19, please refer to these resources from Washington State Department of Health:

For additional information to support families, see: