COVID-19 Rapid & PCR Testing
Walk-ins for testing are limited depending on clinic location and availability for each day.
Kids: Newborns to 21 Years of Age
- All pediatric patients must have a consultation with a provider in clinic or over telemedicine before COVID testing can be done.
- COVID PCR Test: Covered by most insurance and is included with consultation (Results in 2-4 days)
- *As a convenience to parents with children getting tested at any clinic, NightLight offers testing for parents at a discounted lab handling fee of $25.
- Rapid COVID Test: $75 in addition to consultation fee or copay (Results in 15 minutes, now offered at all clinics depending on availability)
To ensure health and safety for all, persons positive for COVID within the last 14 days should not accompany children into the clinic. We invite you to request a telemedicine visit* instead, available from 9 a.m. to midnight everyday.
Please note that we are NOT a designated government-sponsored testing site. Tests will be sent out to commercial laboratories and costs not covered by insurance will apply.Connect to a NightLight Provider
Have some questions?
What are the real stats when it comes to babies contracting COVID-19?
Children account for about 12% of all COVID-19 cases in the US. There have been over 1.3 million reported cases of COVID-19 in children as of the end of November. The hospitalization rate for children is about 1.5% and the mortality rate is about 0.01%. While we do know that children tend to have milder illnesses from COVID-19 than adults, babies under 1 year of age are at greater risk of developing severe illness than older children. The CDC reports that there have been 29 deaths of infants less than 1 year old due to COVID-19.
How can I build up their immune system without exposing them to the general public?
The 2 most important things for building up a baby’s immune system are breastfeeding and vaccinations. Breastmilk provides babies with the nutrients that they need along with antibodies for their immature immune systems. Antibodies from breastmilk are only temporary though. It is very important during this time to continue to vaccinate infants and children with their routine immunizations as close to the recommended schedule as possible. The flu vaccine is also very important to get this time of year for babies that are 6 months old or older. Most pediatricians have protocols in place to be able to safely do the regular check-up and immunizations.
Since I can’t put a mask on my baby, what is the safest way to take my baby out in public?
That is correct, children under 2 years old should not wear mask or cloth face coverings. The safest way to take babies out in public would be to only do activities with your baby where they can be properly socially distanced from other people.
When getting together with family, what are the safety precautions I should take for my baby?
Any time you get together with people outside your own household, there is an increased risk of getting COVID-19 and other illnesses, especially during the cold and flu season. Even if the baby isn’t at the family gathering, but other household members are, the whole household is still at increased risk. That said, everyone family is can make their own decisions on what level of risk is acceptable for them. In general, smaller gatherings, like with one other household, and gatherings with that are outdoor or socially distanced are safer. Hands should be washes and masks should be worn if close to a young infant. Avoid letting people kiss your baby or touch their face or hands.
What are warning signs to look for that would cause immediate need to seek assistance?
Because symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild or vague in infants, most symptoms of illnesses in babies should be evaluated by your health care provider. Common symptoms of COVID-19 in infants can be fever, runny nose, cough, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and increased fussiness. Severe symptoms that would need immediate attention would be high fevers, difficulty breathing, lethargy and signs of dehydration. COVID-19 can also cause a serious condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). With MIS-C, several organs can become inflamed and it usually happens some time after a COVID-19 infection. Many of the symptoms and warning signs are similar to COVID infections, but MIS-C almost always causes a fever and can also cause children to have abdominal pain, rash and red eyes.