VDH Announces Walgreens Adding More Stores to Provide Testing at No Cost – COVID-19 tests now offered at 26 locations across Virginia

(Richmond, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced today that Walgreens has added seven additional stores to its partnership with VDH to provide Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing at selected Walgreens locations across the Commonwealth. This arrangement increases the number of Walgreens locations that will operate drive-thru COVID-19 testing at no cost to the public from 19 to 26 stores.

“While recent focus of VDH has been on vaccinations, testing remains a critical response component in containing existing disease in our communities” says VDH Chief Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Parham Jaberi.  “This expanded partnership increases access to testing for communities that lack adequate testing services including communities with a high rate of vulnerable populations.”

VDH encourages the use of these tests for individuals who are symptomatic, those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and anyone at high risk of  complications, essential employees such as educators, childcare providers and healthcare providers.

Walgreens pharmacy teams will oversee the patient’s self-administration of a COVID-19 test, where test results will be processed at the pharmacy and provided to patients within 24 hours.

COVID-19 testing will be available by appointment to adults and children age 3 and older who meet screening criteria to receive a test. Appointments can be made by following the steps at Walgreens.com/COVID19Testing

The seven additional Walgreens COVID-19 testing locations are listed below:

  • Bealeton: 11037 Marsh Rd
  • Clintwood: 5451 Dickenson Hwy
  • Exmore: 4053 Lankford Hwy
  • Gate City: 119 east Jackson St
  • Lynchburg: 21400 Timberlake Rd
  • Marion: 1102 N Main St
  • Yorktown: 6608 George Washington Memorial Hwy

For a list of additional testing options, please visit the VDH website at:https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/.

VDH recommends two tools to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Download the free COVIDWISE app on your smartphone and it will anonymously notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19. The app does not collect, store, track or use location data. VDH provides a free online risk-assessment tool called COVIDCheck to check symptoms and connect users with appropriate health care resources.