COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing can be a scary for both children and parents, especially when testing methods are meant more for adults than kids. To provide testing that is specially designed for children ages 0 to 21, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has set up an appointment-only, drive-thru specimen collection site at Children’s at Satellite Boulevard. We are one of the only drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia that uses pediatric nurses and supplies to test children and teens.

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
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell

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 drive-thru testing 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
  • Cellphone
  • Printed copy of your child's appointment confirmation

Arrive on time for your child's appointment. Do not bring any pets with you to the testing site.

Getting Tested

Where is the testing site?

The appointment-only drive-thru testing 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 10 minutes from the time your car enters the drive-thru testing 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 the nurse will swab deep inside your child's nasal cavity to collect a sample to send for testing at the Children's laboratory. 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. 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?

A Children's nurse will conduct a nasopharyngeal swab, meaning they will swab deep inside your child's nasal cavity to collect a sample and send for testing at the Children's laboratory. Our nurses use kid-sized swabs and are trained to explain the process to children and teens so that they feel comfortable and safe during the test.

Inform us before 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. Your child should remain at home and not come in contact with people other than household members until results are received. Follow the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines up to and after the test results are received.

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

If your child tests positive, he needs to remain at home in isolation until at least ten days from the first date of your child’s symptoms, or ten days from the date of your child's test if there are no symptoms, and 24 hours without fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and improving symptoms. Follow the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for more information. 

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 
Pediatric Assessment Tool
to assist with medical concerns.

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 or call 404-785-KIDS (5437). If you feel your child has a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.