Testing for COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Testing for COVID-19 in children

Parents have questions. We have answers.

COVID-19 drive-thru testing for children, families, and school partners will resume on Monday, September 13 and will be operational from 9 am - 3 pm.

COVID-19 testing at Children's Hospital:
Children’s Hospital continues to offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing with a focus on pediatric/school/family-centered care.
Location: Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) lot at Henry Clay and Tchoupitoulas (200 Henry Clay Ave.)
Current Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 7 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 8 am - 12 pm (subject to change)
How to Schedule: Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing at Children's Hospital. To schedule an appointment, please call the LCMC Health Nurse Hotline at 504.386.3174.

Should I get my child tested for COVID-19?

The CDC is currently recommending the below for COVID-19 testing (updated 07.28.21)

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated people who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, local external icon, or territorial health department.

Who can I call if I have more questions?
Call your child’s primary care provider with any questions or concerns. Primary care providers can reach out and partner with our experts here at CHNOLA if they have any specific concerns related to COVID-19. The LCMC Health Nurse Hotline is another resource available to you for questions related to COVID-19 testing.

LCMC Health Nurse Hotline: 504.386.3174