COVID-19 Updates: Latest Information for Parents

Health Alerts: Coronavirus

COVID Collaborative for Children

The COVID Collaborative for Children will be offering COVID-19 testing to Rady Children’s patients.

The goal is to test 2,000 children, their families and pediatricians/clinicians/staff a day.logo

Why the Collaborative is Needed

Widespread, continuous testing for COVID-19 is crucial to understanding how to protect the children of San Diego County from the virus and being proactive in identifying an outbreak or surge early. This will not only help the community in getting though the pandemic but will assist in the efforts to open businesses and schools.

Where Testing Will be Offered

Testing has been occurring at Rady Children’s since mid-March for high-risk patients, patients having surgery or a procedure, and all patients who have been admitted. The plan is to ramp up testing over a six-week period to 2,000 tests a day by the week of July 6. Testing has already begun for patients being seen at Rady Children’s emergency department and urgent care locations.

Patients being seen at a clinic or primary care visit will be tested next, during the second week of June. Each week, more sites will be added until all clinics and primary care sites are offering testing to any patient at Rady Children’s.

In addition to Rady Children’s patients, the collaborative’s testing population includes children in the county’s California Children’s Services and those served by the San Diego Regional Center, which provides care to children with developmental disabilities, and the county’s foster care system.

How the Test is Performed

Rady Children’s patients (and their parent) who have an appointment with their primary care office or at a clinic will be offered a COVID-19 PCR test. This test will be performed using a small swab in both sides of the nose, which is a quick and painless procedure. The results will be back in 24-48 hours. If the test is positive, a phone call will be made to the family. If the test is negative, no call will be made, but results will be available in MyChart.

If Your Child Is Not a Rady Children’s Patient

Currently, the testing is for Rady Children’s patients and their families, but the county is working with other providers to join this collaborative. Please check with your physician about receiving testing.

For more information on the collaborative, email