Is Cincinnati Children’s Screening for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms at Entrances?

Yes, in an effort to protect our patients, their families and our staff during the coronavirus outbreak, Cincinnati Children’s is now screening parents, visitors and employees every day before they enter patient care areas at Burnet Campus.

Our current screening stations are at the following five locations: 

  • Location A: Near the main concourse elevators 
  • Location B: Near the B welcome desk 
  • Location C: Near the caterpillar 
  • North Garage: The ramp from the garage to Level R 
  • Location E3 South: Just outside the South Garage 

Screenings will begin at Liberty and College Hill campuses soon, and we are looking at screening plans for our other buildings and locations as well. 

How the screening works: 

Parents, visitors and employees will have to answer two questions. The questions are: 

  • In the past 24 hours, have you had a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or body aches? 
  • In the past 24 hours have you had a fever of 100.4° F (38.0° C) or above?  

Along with answering the questions, your temperature will be taken. If you pass the screening, you will be given a sticker to wear for the day. It should be worn where it can be easily seen. 

If you do not pass the screening, you will not be allowed to come into patient care areas and will be asked to return to your vehicle.

If a single parent is with a child for an urgent visit (Emergency Department, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute day hospital, dialysis) and does not pass the screening, the parent will be given a mask and allowed to go ahead to the urgent appointment.

Testing for coronavirus.

Is Screening the Same Thing as Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, screening and testing are different.

Screening is a series of questions about recent travel, contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), and symptoms of illness you may have. Screenings help doctors determine if a patient should have further testing if they are sick. Screenings are also happening in person before people enter hospitals and other healthcare areas to identify people who could be sick and should not be around other people

Testing is a laboratory test to find out if a person has coronavirus (COVID-19). To be tested, a person will first be screened and likely tested for other infections and viruses. If a coronavirus test is needed, a long stick will be used to swab the inside of the patient’s sinus area. The sample will then be sent for testing, and a result will come back in a few days.

Can My Child Be Tested for Coronavirus at Cincinnati Children’s?

Patients who have COVID-19 symptoms, and are sick enough that they need to stay in the hospital, will be tested at Cincinnati Children’s.

Patients who have respiratory symptoms will be screened (asked to answer some questions) for contact with people who have the coronavirus to see if testing is needed. If it is, the patient will first be tested for flu, strep and several other viruses. If those tests are all negative, your child may meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing.