You can now get fast and accurate COVID-19 tests for kids

COVID-19 testing for kids is now fast and accurate — important considerations as children may need to show proof of a negative test before resuming many activities.

COVID-19 testing for kids is now fast and accurate — important considerations as children may need to show proof of a negative test before resuming many activities.

Recent breakthroughs have made polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 tests — the gold standard in coronavirus testing — available with nearly 100% accurate results that the equipment displays in minutes.

Just a few months ago, supply shortages and technology had delayed test results for several days.

Advances in recent months have led to outpatient PCR tests that are just as accurate as hospital or laboratory-based tests at detecting even tiny amounts of coronavirus RNA.

Norton Healthcare and Norton Children’s use the Roche Liat (laboratory in a tube) system that can check for influenza A or B at the same time as a rapid PCR COVID-19 test and delivers results within 20 minutes.

The equipment is in use at all locations of Norton Children’s Medical Group, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. Children over the age of 2 also can get the rapid PCR tests at Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens clinics and at Norton Immediate Care Centers.

How to get rapid COVID-19 tests for kids

If your child is a current Norton Children’s Medical Group patient with COVID-19 symptoms,  schedule a visit with your pediatrician’s office to discuss treatment and care if the test is positive or other options if the test is negative.

Asymptomatic children can visit your Norton Children’s Medical Group office if you have other concerns to discuss.

If your child isn’t currently a Norton Children’s Medical Group patient, children over the age of 2 can get a rapid test at a Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens clinic or any Norton Immediate Care Center.

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What to expect during COVID-19 tests for kids

The test collects a sample from the back of the nose just like what you may have had as an adult.

Tell kids what’s going to happen ahead of time. Explain that the health care providers will be wearing masks, gloves and other equipment to help make everyone safer.

To collect a sample from the back of the child’s nose, the health care providers will have the child lean their head back. The provider will gently put a long cotton-tipped swab into the child’s nose to take a sample. It’s very important to get the sample from the right place.

Having a swab placed in the back of the nose is uncomfortable while it’s happening. During the sample collection, sit next to your child and hold their hand or rub their arm. The provider may ask you to hold your child if they are under the age of 2.  You can soothe your child during the testing by distracting them. You might sing a favorite song, talk quietly, or read a special book. If your child is old enough, do deep-breathing exercises together.

The machine provides results in 20 minutes. You can choose to wait in your provider’s office or ask to be called when they are complete. All test results for your child are available through proxy access via your MyNortonChart account.


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COVID-19 tests are available at drive-thru or in-person locations by appointment.

Rapid PCR testing is available at Norton Children’s Medical Group for current patients. Rapid PCR is also available at Norton Immediate Care Centers and Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens clinics for patients aged two and up.

 

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Vaccines are not available for patients under the age of 12 at this time.

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