COVID-19 Testing

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has set up an appointment-only drive-thru specimen collection site at Children’s at Satellite Boulevard for children ages 0 to 21.

Testing Eligibility

Can my child get tested?

Children and teens ages 0 to 21 can be swabbed at our appointment-only collection site. The following symptoms may warrant COVID-19 testing:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever and nausea
  • Fever and diarrhea
  • Fever and abdominal pain

Appointments will be confirmed only after an order is provided by a community physician and a Children’s scheduler reaches out to a parent or guardian.

Can my child get tested if he or she has mild symptoms or has no symptoms?

Yes. Children ages 0 to 21 with or without symptoms may get tested; however, a physician order is required for scheduling.

Appointment Registration

How do I make an appointment?

  • Your community provider will need to send an order to Children’s for your child to be tested.

  • After Children’s receives the order, a scheduler will reach out to schedule a time for your specimen collection appointment.
  • Follow instructions provided in an email to activate your MYchart account. You will need to activate MYchart in order to obtain your results.

  • Complete online consent in MYchart.

  • Complete e-Check in prior to arrival. 

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

  • Photo ID
  • Cell phone
  • Printed copy of your appointment confirmation

Please arrive on time for your appointment. Please do not bring any pets with you to the testing site. 

Getting Tested

Where is the testing site?

The appointment-only collection site is located in the parking lot of the Children’s at Satellite Boulevard Urgent Care Center at 2660 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096. It is located outside, not inside the Urgent Care Center.

How long will the appointment take?

Appointments will last approximately 15 minutes from the time your car enters the drive-thru collection site to when you leave.

What happens when I arrive at the collection site?

  • When you arrive for your appointment in the Children’s at Satellite Boulevard Urgent Care Center parking lot (2660 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096), look for signs that read “Appointment-Only Collection Site.” Traffic and directional support personnel will be on-site to assist.
  • Place your car in park or turn it off at each stop during the specimen collection process.

  • Keep your windows up until you are instructed to roll down your child’s window for specimen collection. For your safety, remain in your vehicle at all times.

  • For a faster specimen collection, position your child’s car seat behind the driver or passenger seat.

  • The intake coordinator will verify your appointment, e-Check in and consent from MYchart. Bring your appointment confirmation message in MYchart ready to show at the entrance. After you provide your information to the intake area, follow signage to the registration area.
  • You will then drive to the specimen collection area, where a nurse will verify the patient and ask the driver to roll down the child's window and conduct a nasopharyngeal swab. This means he or she will swab deep inside your child's nasal cavity to collect and send off-site for testing. While your child might experience slight discomfort with this testing, it is necessary to collect an accurate specimen.

  • Proceed to exit.

  • You should receive a notification of your child’s test result within 48 hours. Children’s will be delivering the positive or negative results to the patient family through MYchart. The testing lab will call you if your child tests positive. Your child’s provider will also be notified of the result. Call your provider for questions.

Siblings will require separate appointments and orders from your community provider or pediatrician. If you have multiple children in your car but only one scheduled appointment, only the child with a confirmed appointment will be swabbed onsite.

What is the testing process like?

The nurse will conduct a nasopharyngeal swab, meaning he or she will swab deep inside your child’s nasal cavity to collect and send for testing.

Inform us prior to the test if your child has any issues or concerns with having a nasal swab. While your child might experience slight discomfort with this testing, it is necessary to collect an accurate specimen.

After the Test

How long will it take to get my results?

Results are expected within 48 hours. If your child’s test is positive, you will also receive direction on action that needs to be taken to reduce any additional spread of COVID-19.

If my child receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, should we go to the doctor?

If your child tests positive, he or she needs to remain at home in isolation until at least seven days from the first date of the child’s symptoms, and three days without fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and 24 hours without symptoms. Positive results will be reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If your child develops symptoms that require medical care, including difficulty breathing, inability to take fluids or symptoms that concern you, contact your child’s pediatrician. If you feel your child has a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

For those who may have been exposed to a child with positive COVID1-9 test results, they may continue to work and carry on all professional and community activities as long as the exposed person remains asymptomatic (or without symptoms). Any person or exposed contact who develops symptoms after exposure to someone with a positive COVID-19 test result should go home or remain at home and isolated until at least seven days from the first date of their symptoms, and three days without fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and 24 hours without symptoms.

Most children with COVID-19 infections have mild symptoms and do not require medical care. For the safety of your child—and so we can continue to focus on treating children who need care most—consider managing your child’s symptoms at home. Supportive care at home includes keeping your child hydrated, using fever-reducing medicine (children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen) and encouraging bed rest. Children’s also has a COVID-19 Pediatric Assessment Tool to assist with medical concerns.