⚠ COVID-19 INFORMATION: Vaccine Information, Other Resources 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

November 21, 2022

Your child's health is critical. Please keep all milestone and vaccination appointments or any other scheduled appointments that will keep your child well and healthy. 

For more information, please refer to the resources listed below, including: 

COVID-19 Testing

Lurie Children’s has discontinued routine COVID-19 testing prior to procedures. Because of the decline in demand for testing, the COVID-19 testing drive-thru site at Clark/Deming location is now closed.  

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Update on Medications to Treat COVID-19 Infection

Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy, and nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid), an oral anti-viral drug, are available at Lurie Children's for treatment of mild/moderate COVID-19 infection in high-risk children. 

Both are effective against the Omicron BA.2 subvariant. 

Please note that these medications are only approved for patients ≥ 12 years and ≥ 40 kg who have high risk conditions.  

If you feel your child is eligible to receive these medications, please contact your primary care provider. 

Your Safety Is Our Priority 

Lurie Children's is an environment where your family’s safety and health is our priority. Learn more in the videos below: 

The following measures are in place at our main hospital as well as our outpatient and surgery centers to ensure your safety: 

  • All patients, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask provided by Lurie Children's
  • All patients, faculty, staff and visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any COVID-19 suspected patient is isolated
  • All inpatient and procedural patients are tested for COVID-19 and isolated until results are available
  • Hand hygiene is encouraged with ample sanitizer available throughout our facilities
  • All Lurie Children’s facilities are thoroughly cleaned daily with special attention to high touch areas

It is also important to note that there is very minimal spread of COVID-19 amongst children. For any questions about an upcoming in-person visit, please contact your physician's office. 

In-Person & Telemedicine Appointments Available

Lurie Children's now also offers the option of “seeing” your physician and care team through telemedicine either by real-time video or telephone. Some appointments will still require you to be seen in person, but your physician and care team will let you know if a telemedicine appointment is available. If you are interested in making an appointment, whether in-person or virtual, please call KIDS DOC (1.800.543.7362).

Emergency Department Visits 

We urge families to seek medical attention for their child by first contacting your primary care physician or pediatrician. If you do not have a primary care physician or pediatrician and your child’s injury or illness is worsening, do not delay seeking care.

Our pediatric Emergency Departments (EDs) at our main campus and Central DuPage Hospital are distinct facilities from general EDs which may be seeing adult COVID-19 patients. We are taking every precaution to keep our patients, families and staff safe in our hospital. This includes wearing personal protective equipment; screening patients, families and staff for COVID-19 symptoms; and isolating every patient visiting the Ein an exam room upon arrival. 

For guidance on when to take your child to the emergency department versus immediate care or your pediatrician, click here

Visitation Guidelines

Because the health and safety of our patients, families, visitors and staff is of utmost importance to us and to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 illness, we have modified visitation restrictions in place. 

Learn More About Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 Resources for Families 

If you are looking for general information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it relates to your child's health, please visit our FAQ page for families. You will also find a list of community resources, including information on Return to School. 

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COVID-19 Resources for Employees & Healthcare Providers 

If you are a Lurie Children's employee or healthcare provider seeking information on how to navigate Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to our Employees and Healthcare Providers Resource Guide. 

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