Information on Driscoll and the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Masks Remain Mandatory at Driscoll Facilities

Because our top priority is the safety and health of our patients and families, employees, physicians and community, Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Universal Masking Policy remains in effect at all of its facilities.

Everyone is required to wear masks within the hospital and clinics at all times. If visitors do not have a mask, one will be provided.


Driscoll Children’s Hospital Visitation Policy

Effective August 2, 2021

Dear Parent,

To ensure the health and safety of our patients, families, employees, physicians and community, Driscoll Children’s Hospital has updated our visitation policy for both our hospital and clinic patients.

Effective August 2, 2021, only two (2) identified, consistent caregivers per patient are allowed. The admissions office will issue the wrist bands. Substitution of individuals in these caregiver roles will be addressed on a case by case basis with the engagement of Nancy Fallwell (infection control).

Other visitors, including siblings, are not allowed to visit.

We recognize these updated visitor restrictions may be inconvenient; however, it is done because we want to keep you healthy.

If during your child’s hospitalization you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection (cough, fever, shortness of breath) contact your child’s nurse immediately. If during your child’s hospitalization you have contact with a person that is COVID-19 positive or a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, contact your child’s nurse immediately.

If you have been given a white band during the screening process, you will be restricted to your child’s room. 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue to work to enhance an environment that keeps us all safe.

Please contact the Patient Relations Department if you have any questions or concerns at (361) 694-4035.

Driscoll Health System, which consists of Driscoll Children’s Hospital, our specialty centers, clinics and health plan offices located throughout South Texas are meeting and/or exceeding all CDC guidelines to keep our facilities safe for our patients, members, families, employees, volunteers and physicians. Driscoll Children’s Hospital continues to follow our protocols of maintaining physical distancing where possible, using face masks and practicing proper hand hygiene. Driscoll has more than 2,600 employees, both clinical and non-clinical, spread out between Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo and Victoria. We have the appropriate amount of PPE to protect our employees and patients. Driscoll is safe for your child and you.

COVID-19 Testing

To meet the demands of the community, Driscoll Children’s Hospital is operating drive-thru and walk-up testing to accommodate pediatric patients who meet testing criteria.

Please call 361-694-4486 or 361-694-6132 for an appointment. 

An appointment is required. Appointments are available Monday through Friday and test results are usually available within 24 hours.

Most fever, cough, and cold symptoms can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Motrin and oral hydration fluids like Pedialyte. However, we encourage you to bring your child to the Emergency Department if:

  •        Child  is having difficulty breathing
  •        Child is dehydrated (crying without tears, infrequent urination)
  •        Child is overly drowsy or hard to wake

Fever (a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) in babies less than 3 months old should prompt you to call your primary care physician or bring your child to the Emergency Department.

Additional Information about COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) Information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines

Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Resources

City of Corpus Christi COVID-19 Resources

Nueces County COVID-19 Vaccine Resources