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COVID-19 testing for kids at Dayton Children’s

Dayton Children's has two options for COVID-19 testing – antigen and PCR. 

  • Both tests can be billed through insurance with a provider’s order
  • If you wish to pay out-of-pocket, no order is needed and the cost is $60 for an antigen test or $100 for a PCR test payable by credit or debit card.
  • learn more about the difference between the two tests 

locations: 

  • 884 Valley Street, Dayton – in between main campus and Child Health Pavilion

    • Monday – Friday : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday : 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 865 W Market St, Troy 
    • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

know before you go:

  • A physician’s order is necessary for the PCR test and for the antigen test, if you want to bill through insurance.
  • No order is necessary for either test if you want to pay out-of-pocket. The cost is $60 for an antigen test or $100 for a PCR test. Payment is by credit or debit card only.
  • Bring your insurance information, if necessary
  • Remember to wear your masks

frequently asked questions:

What should I expect when bringing my child for COVID testing at Dayton Children's? 

When you arrive at one of our drive thru testing locations, you will follow the signs to line up in one of the designated lanes. 

As you approach the first stop, you will register from your car.  

After you are registered, you will pull forward and approach the testing station where you will see a lab technician dressed to prevent the spread of germs. Please be sure to put your car in park and put on your mask once you approach the technician. 

Getting a test can be uncomfortable and scary. Our care team has performed thousands of these tests on kids and are trained to make it as easy and painless as possible for your child. 

Your child will remain in the car for the duration of the test.

Can I go to the emergency department or urgent care for a test?

Do not go to the emergency department (ED) or an urgent care location if you are only seeking a COVID-19 test. If you are experiencing an emergency or need urgent care, follow this link to see our emergency and urgent care locations. 

What is the cost of a COVID-19 test? 

With a physicians order, Dayton Children's will bill your insurance for the cost of a COVID-19 test. If you do not have a physicians order, you can pay $60 for an antigen test or $100 for a PCR test. Payable out of pocket via credit or debit card at the testing site.  

What should I do if I don't have a physician's order? 

If you do not have a physicians order for a test, you have three options: 

1. Pay for a test out of pocket at any of our testing locations

2. Call your child's doctor to request an appointment with them to receive a referral for a covid test before coming to one of our testing locations

3. Schedule a video visit with Dayton Children's Kids Express before coming to before coming to one of our testing locations

can adults get the test at Dayton Children's?
Yes, adults can also get the test.

how will results be delivered?

antigen testing: The individual will receive a text message with test results in four hours or less, if they provided a cell phone number. Results will also be posted in MyChart/MyKidsChart, if the family has an active account, and sent to the primary care provider, if the family provides that information. If a provider ordered the test, they will also receive the results.

PCR testing: The test result should be ready in one to two days. Results will be posted in MyChart/MyKidsChart, if the family has an active account, as well as sent to the physician who ordered the test. 

what should I do if the results are positive?

Please follow up with your primary care provider who can tell you how long you or your child will need to stay home. 

If your child does not have a primary care provider, you can schedule a video visit with Kids Express or call your county's health department for follow-up information. 

what should I do if the results are negative?

If the results are negative, it means the test did not find evidence of the virus in your child's system. There is a small chance that it is too late for the test to detect the virus. 

what should I do if the symptoms worsen after a negative test?

If symptoms worsen, contact your primary care provider or go to the emergency department for immediate care. 

If your child does not have a primary care provider, you can schedule a video visit with Kids Express

what is the difference between an antigen and PCR test?