Children's Hospital Colorado

Extended hold times

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Children’s Colorado is experiencing high call volumes for coronavirus testing. Please expect extended wait times as we work to answer your call. We encourage you to use the courtesy call back feature when prompted. This will hold your place in line and allow a team member to call you back when it’s your turn. Our teams are working diligently to increase our call center’s capacity and to schedule every test. We appreciate your patience and grace during this busy time.

Please note that we will release test results to the ordering provider and via MyChart approximately 48 to 72 hours after your appointment, if not sooner. We cannot provide test results over the phone. Please contact your child’s doctor if you have questions about their test.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing for Kids

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If you’re worried your child might have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a coronavirus test will help you and your doctors find out and plan for your child’s care. Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering viral coronavirus testing and coronavirus antibody testing for kids and their parents and caregivers.

Coronavirus testing: PCR vs. antibody tests

We offer two types of tests for the new coronavirus:

  • PCR testing (viral test) by nasopharyngeal swab: PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, a type of lab test that looks for small amounts of genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19. This test looks for signs of active infection and is done by using a nasopharyngeal swab (swabbing the back of the nose where it meets the throat).
  • Antibody testing by blood draw: This test looks for signs of a past COVID-19 infection by trying to find antibodies. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that your immune system makes when it is fighting a virus or bacteria (germs). This blood test checks whether your child had the coronavirus, even if they didn’t have symptoms.

Children’s Colorado has PCR coronavirus testing available by appointment at drive-through sites in Aurora, Broomfield, Highlands Ranch and Colorado Springs. We also offer coronavirus antibody testing via blood draw Monday through Friday at any of our lab locations. (All samples will be sent to our lab in Aurora.)

To learn more about the coronavirus and keeping your family safe, see our coronavirus resources for families.

How do I get a coronavirus test for my child?

Testing your child for the coronavirus at Children’s Colorado is easy, but it does require a referral from your child’s doctor and an appointment. Unlike some testing sites, we can’t take walk-ins for COVID-19 testing.

Read the information below to learn how to schedule a test and what to expect.

COVID-19 antibody testing for children

Coronavirus antibody testing can tell you if your child had the coronavirus in the past. Your child’s primary care doctor can order a coronavirus antibody test from Children’s Colorado, if appropriate. We process antibody tests Monday through Friday.

Coronavirus testing frequently asked questions

Editor's note: This page was updated on Nov. 25, 2020. Due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19.