For health-care workers and their families
The School of Medicine is making its COVID-19 saliva test available for asymptomatic health-care workers, housestaff, fellows and students in the clinical environment.
If you’re a School of Medicine employee and develop COVID-19 symptoms, call the hotline, 314-362-5056, for a testing site referral. Asymptomatic individuals are not being tested.
The Central West End employee testing site is located across from the Clayton Avenue Building at 4353 Clayton Ave. Five other WUSM/BJC employee testing sites also are operational in the bi-state region.
These sites, provided by BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine, are reserved exclusively for BJC and WUSM employees and physicians who are actively working in our locations and receive a referral from the COVID-19 hotline.
For children of employees
If you are a WUSM employee and your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please follow these guidelines.
Parents who are not health-care providers
Parents who are not health-care providers should contact their pediatricians directly. Many pediatricians are able to arrange testing and get results fairly promptly.
Parents who are health-care providers
For parents who are health-care providers, there are two options for arranging testing for your symptomatic child. Both options will involve multiple steps and calls back to ensure that the testing is appropriately ordered and scheduled at the correct location.
- Request testing through your child’s primary care provider or pediatrician. This is the preferred method, because it will allow the test results to be sent directly to your child’s doctor. Make sure to mention that your child has a parent who is a health-care worker. Primary care providers who are part of Washington University or BJC HealthCare can place a request directly in Epic. For same-day testing, while placing the order, the primary care physician will be directed to call. All other pediatricians can initiate testing for your child at a BJC site via a form that is faxed. The form, available online on the BJC resources site, has been shared with affiliated/referring providers.
- If your child doesn’t have a primary care physician, or the pediatrician is not available, you can call the BJC COVID19 contact center at 314-714-6472 to initiate the process. This call line is staffed Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, 8 am – noon. Make sure to mention that your child has a parent who is a health-care worker.
Note: The team that processes the orders works business hours on weekdays and until 1 pm Saturday and Sunday. Orders received after that time on the weekend will be processed the next day.
Tests noted to be for symptomatic children of health-care workers that are collected through BJC collection sites will be run at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital lab, and results can be expected 24–48 hours after being received in the lab. Results will be released into MyChart as soon as completed.
There are several available testing sites, and hours may vary between sites. When you are called to arrange for your test, you may select your preferred testing site. Most testing site hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, and Saturday/Sunday, 8 am – 12:30 pm.