If you are a health professional please see our COVID-19 Clinician Toolkit.
Important COVID-19 information for our patient families
Visiting hospital patients
- Two consistent legal guardians may be at the bedside during a patient’s stay. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings. Compassionate exceptions may be possible and must be arranged with the patient care manager of the unit. Read more about COVID-19 visitor standards here.
Primary and specialty care clinics
- Children’s Minnesota primary care clinics are open but have updated hours and procedures. Click here for information on your primary or specialty care clinic.
- If you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, call your clinic first.
- When bringing your child into the clinic we highly advise that only one parent or guardian accompany them. If possible, we ask that you do not bring your child’s siblings to the appointment.
If you believe your child has symptoms of COVID-19
- If your child is a Children’s Minnesota patient (or a patient of a Children’s Health Network clinic), please call our COVID-19 Nurse Line at 952-99-COVID. We urge you to stay home and call before coming to the emergency room or clinic.
- If your child is not a Children’s Minnesota or Children’s Health Network patient, or if you have questions about the virus, please call the MDH hotline at 651-201-3920.
What you need to know about COVID-19
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness that looks similar to common respiratory diseases like the common cold, influenza or pneumonia. Experts believe the virus spreads person-to-person through close contact. It can also spread through surfaces, especially if a person touches something with the virus on it then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.
- Difficulty breathing.
Yes, there are reported cases of coronavirus in children around the world. It does appear that they experience milder symptoms than adults do. Their symptoms are more like the common cold.
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids and other treatments.
- Clean surfaces in your home with usual household cleaners and disinfectants.
- Social distancing is important. Try and stand 6 feet away from others, do not shake hands and avoid crowds.