COVID-19 testing

We know that families are concerned about COVID-19 and may have questions about testing.

With nationwide access to testing supplies limited, Children’s is following local, state and national guidance on when to test children. Your child's pediatrician knows them best and will determine if a test is needed. Asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms) patients directly exposed should be tested 5 days or later from exposure to ensure test accuracy. To find a public testing location visit IMPACT 2-1-1 or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.   

To help ensure the safety of patients and staff, all kids who are having a surgery or are hospitalized will be tested for COVID-19. 


Never hesitate to call your child’s doctor if you have medical questions or concerns. It’s what they are there for.

Reasons for a COVID-19 test

Child has symptoms of COVID-19

Call your child's pediatrician. They will ask you some questions to determine if a test will be done.

Child was exposed to COVID-19

Call your child's pediatrician. They will ask you some questions to determine if a test will be done.

Child's school/sport/club has requested a test

Nationwide access to testing supplies is limited and most organizations, including Children’s, are following local, state and federal guidelines for testing. To find additional information about testing locations and process, visit IMPACT 2-1-1 or the Department of Health Services.

I want my child tested

Nationwide access to testing supplies is limited and most organizations, including Children’s, are following local, state and federal guidelines for testing. To find additional information about testing locations and process, visit IMPACT 2-1-1 or the Department of Health Services.