Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Patient Tests Negative for COVID-19

Published on 
March 15, 2020

Update as of 3/15/2020

On March 13 and 14, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles performed two additional tests on a patient in its care who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 while being treated at a medical facility in Ventura County. The results from both CHLA tests came back negative.

Ventura County Public Health performed a second test using the original sample and the results came back negative as well. CHLA believes the first Ventura County result was a false positive.  

The child is currently still in isolation and being treated for an unrelated condition, for which team members are continuing the use of all precautions necessary for treatment. 

For additional CHLA COVID-19 information, please visit COVID-19: Information for Parents and Visitors.


Update as of 3/13/2020

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Caring For COVID-19 Patient

On March 12, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles confirmed that it is treating a patient with COVID-19. The patient, a child between the ages of 6 and 9, is in fair condition and has no history of travel. The child is also receiving care for an unrelated underlying condition that most likely made the child vulnerable to the virus.

CHLA’s medical team is providing the highest quality care for the patient and taking all proper precautions during the patient’s stay to prevent the spread of the disease. The patient is in isolation and both parents, who remain asymptomatic, are with the patient in quarantine, per infection control protocols.

The COVID-19 test was administered while the child was being treated at another hospital. CHLA was notified that the patient was a suspected COVID-19 patient and took all necessary safety and infection control precautions during the emergency transport and admittance.

Due to patient privacy restrictions, we cannot disclose additional information. This case has not impacted hospital operations.

CHLA is following all Los Angeles County Public Health Department treatment guidelines and protocols to care for the patient and protect the medical staff. We are also in constant contact with local and state health authorities. The hospital’s team has rigorously trained and prepared to manage infectious disease cases, and we adhere to strict infection control protocols while treating patients.

CHLA is dedicated to providing the best care possible for all of our patients and continuing to protect the health of our team members who care for them.

For additional CHLA COVID-19 information, please visit COVID-19: Information for Parents and Visitors.