Information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
We know many of you have questions and concerns about COVID-19 in your community. Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness, so it is important to be informed about how to protect yourself and others.
Outpatient Clinic Closures: Call Before You Leave Home
Please contact your child's provider or specialist before leaving home to confirm the clinic is open or if there is a modified schedule. Closures vary by location.
Visitor restrictions at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
To make sure our patients, visitors and staff stay safe while we address the current COVID-19 situation, MultiCare has established visitor restrictions at our hospitals. Learn more about our current visitor restrictions.
MultiCare has created a resource where you can get the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
What do I do if my child or I are sick?
If you or your child have upper respiratory symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath) and believe you need to be evaluated for COVID-19 – please call first before visiting a hospital, clinic or urgent care to determine if you need to visit a specific site for testing. We have also established an assessment tool to help determine if you are at risk for COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion), please use our Virtual Care e-visit service. MultiCare will waive any co-pays, co-insurance (if you have insurance coverage, we will bill it, however) or charges to you. If clinically appropriate, we will refer you to a site for further evaluation.
How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
Knowing important information about the virus and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and anxiety.
View and download the Helping Children Cope guide, which lists reactions according to age group and the best ways you can respond.