Testing is now widely available through most commercial laboratories. However, at this time, Cook Children’s Health Care System does not plan to bring routine COVID-19 testing in-house, and testing will only be performed on patients who are admitted for inpatient care. While testing is available, the current restriction is the availability of the test specimen collection device. This is a nation-wide issue and there is no anticipated time when this will be resolved. This is the same testing collection device that is used for routine respiratory viral testing, such as Influenza and RSV.
The following guidelines have been developed by CCHCS leaders to guide the most judicious use of the test.
Emergency Department Testing Criteria