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what to expect at Dayton Children's during COVID-19

This short video walks you through what families should expect when coming to Dayton Children's and how we are taking safety above and beyond. 

As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind our families that we are here for you during this challenging time. Our commitment to provide safe, quality care for our patients is our highest priority.

Below are some of the top questions from parents. You can also skip to one of these sections for additional information. 

my child has an upcoming appointment. what do I need to know?

  • Please review the video above to know what to expect when you arrive. Also please note our current visitor restrictions

  • If you have tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines.

  • If you or your child feel sick, need to isolate or quarantine, or test positive for COVID in the 5 days before your appointment, please call your child’s clinic. They can help determine if your child still needs to be seen in person, switched to a video visit or rescheduled.

my child or I tested positive for COVID-19. what should I do?

Follow the recommendations of your doctor and the CDC. For more information about caring for people with COVID-19 view these CDC guidelines. For isolation and quarantine guidelines, please visit the CDC's website here.   

what is Dayton Children's doing to keep patients, families and visitors safe?

We know you may have concerns about coming to Dayton Children's right now. We want to assure you that your family’s safety is our TOP priority and that is is safe to come to Dayton Children's. Learn more about the 5 ways Dayton Children's is keeping your family safe. 


will I have to do anything different when I arrive at a Dayton Children's location?

We have limited entrances at the main and south campuses, so follow the signs to the open entrance. All patients and visitors will be screened for wellness. If you're coming for a surgery, you may receive directions for getting your child tested for COVID-19 beforehand, depending on the level of community transmission at the time.

All visitors (adults and children older than 2 years) are required to wear a mask covering both your mouth and nose. If you come to the hospital wearing a cloth mask, you may continue wearing it, or you can have a new disposable one.

We invite you to watch this short video and share it with your child before you come to Dayton Children's to ease any anxieties. 

are all of Dayton Children's locations open?

For hours and information for all locations, please visit our locations page. For urgent care, Kids Express, and emergency department wait times, please visit our wait times page

I have more questions. where can I find the answers?

Please explore the sections below for more detailed information about accessing care at Dayton Children's. If you have additional questions, please call your clinic directly, or call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

accessing care

We are here for you and your family and have answers to your questions about upcoming appointments and surgeries, visitor restrictions, and more. 

Read more about accessing care at Dayton Children's.

visitor restrictions

We have implemented visitor restrictions to limit the number of people in the hospital. These efforts are to help keep our patients, families and staff safe, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

View our visitor restrictions.

for health care professionals, schools, child care centers

We are committed to doing our best to keep our partnering health care professionals informed about the latest efforts being put into place at Dayton Children's. We also have resources for health care professionals, schools and child care centers to help you navigate the pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 resource hub for health care professionals to find additional resources.

View additional information for health care professionals, schools and child care centers.


Our knowledge of COVID-19 is regularly evolving. We have answered our most commonly asked questions below and provided links to trusted local and national resources.

Learn more about COVID-19.