COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is always here as a partner in caring for children in Columbus and beyond and keeping them safe and healthy. As our community has battled the COVID-19 virus, we have remained open, providing essential care to families.

At the forefront of patient care, we know families turn to you for support and reassurance before looking anywhere else. We value our partnership and continue to rely on our community partners throughout this pandemic.

View the updated content below to access COVID-19 resources for both your practice and your patient families.

COVID-19 Testing Update

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital drive-through COVID-19 testing center (POD) closed April 29, 2022.

Testing Options For Patients:

  • At home testing kits for patients 2 years and older (when collected by an adult).
    • Authorized at-home over the counter tests are available without a prescription and are typically available online or at local retailers.
  • Through community testing centers: Test to Treat locations and community health centers
  • At primary care physician (PCP) offices

For Patients Who Require a COVID PCR Test, or Who Need a FARVPP (Respiratory Panel):

We encourage community practices to collect samples in their office and send to Laboratory Services via courier. Patients can also drop off the collected sample at a Nationwide Children's Hospital  Close To Home (CTH) Lab location. Samples CANNOT be collected at CTH Lab locations.

  • For collection: NP Swab in viral media
  • Samples are good at room temp for 4 hours.
  • Samples are good if refrigerated for 3 days. 
  • Turn-around time is typically less than one day.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Patients and the General Public

We are part of Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination program and offer vaccines to the general public. COVID-19 vaccines are available for ages 5 and up. Our clinic also offers booster vaccines and third dose vaccines for eligible patients.

Patients who meet age or medical condition criteria, as defined by Ohio Department of Health guidelines, are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be scheduled online at

Access Vaccine Resources & Scheduling Information for Patient Families

COVID-19 Outpatient Therapies

COVID-19 Therapies

COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies are authorized for post-exposure prophylaxis and the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in patients (at least 12 years old and 40 kg) who are at high risk for progressing to severe disease or hospitalization. COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusions are available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for COVID-19 patients who meet the EUA criteria and additional NCH tier-based criteria. Physician referral is required. 

Update Effective March 31, 2022: Bebtelovimab (the monoclonal antibody active against the omicron BA.2 subvariant) and the oral antiviral Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir) are currently available to all patients with high-risk conditions in Tiers 1-3 (all tiers). Once a patient is approved to receive outpatient therapy, the infectious diseases and pharmacy teams at Nationwide Children's will determine which treatment is most appropriate and contact the patient/caregiver.

To Refer a Patient: If you think your patient may meet criteria, please call Physician Direct Connect, our 24-hour physician/provider consult-transfer center, at (614) 355-0221 or 1 (877) 355-0221 and ask to speak to an Infectious Disease (ID) specialist to make a referral. 

Review Tiers and Interim Guidance

Pulmonary COVID-19 Clinic

Nationwide Children’s Pulmonary COVID-19 Clinic comprehensively evaluates postacute COVID-19 syndrome pulmonary symptoms (Long-COVID pulmonary symptoms) in pediatric patients.

  • Candidates: Pediatric patients >8 years with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome pulmonary symptoms for at least one month after initial infection date. Athletes and non-athletes welcomed.
  • Symptoms: Typical post-acute COVID-19 syndrome pulmonary symptoms include shortness of breath (resting or with activity), cough, wheezing, chest/throat pain and decreased exercise capacity.
  • Referrals: Please refer to pulmonary medicine with Pulm-COVID clinic in the referral description.  

View Clinic Information 

Long COVID-19 Symptoms

Providers seeking referrals or follow up for patients with long COVID-19 symptoms should call Physician Direct Connect, the 24-hour physician/provider consult-transfer center, at (614) 355-0221 or 1 (877) 355-0221.

Return to Play After COVID-19 Infection

There is new evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, may affect the heart more than other viruses and has the potential to cause myocarditis. One way to test for myocarditis is with a cardiac MRI.

While there is some emerging information that shows evidence of myocarditis on the MRIs of college athletes, we do not know for certain what this means in terms of actual risk of sudden death. However, in those who had significant symptoms with their COVID-19, the risk is likely higher than those who were asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic.

View Return to Activity Interim Guidance

Resources for Community Practices

COVID Distribution Toolkit

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Team is eager to support community practices as they embark on vaccination efforts for kids in our region. 

If the Nationwide Children’s team can help with answering any questions, you can email If you find yourself needing a more immediate answer to a question that we can help answer, please contact us.

Michael Storey, PharmD, MS
Medication Use Strategist
Office: (614) 722-2117
Mobile: (814) 282-7500

Jenna M. Merandi, Pharm.D., MS, CPPS
Medication Safety Officer
Office: (614) 722-2092
Mobile: (304) 677-1025

Weekly Respiratory Report

Access local respiratory pathogens data, including RSV, SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and more.

Download Weekly Pathogens Report

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Our COVID-19 page for families offers vaccine resources, testing information and more. Vaccine resources for families are available for download in multiple languages below. 

COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know

COVID-19 Vaccine: Fast Facts