COVID-19 Testing

For testing information for healthcare providers, please visit VDH’s COVID-19 Testing and Laboratory for Healthcare Providers.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) cares about you and your family’s health.  

VDH strongly recommends COVID-19 testing for the following people:

  • People with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status
  • Most people who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19
    • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure and again at 5-7 days following exposure if the first test is negative
    • People who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, do not need to get tested after exposure as long as they do not have symptoms.
  • People who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings)
  • People who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the state/local health department.
  • People who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel with some exceptions for fully vaccinated people
  • People who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 who have no known exposures to COVID-19 but wish to help public health officials understand how many people are infected (surveillance testing) may also be considered for testing

Note: Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms/signs and no known exposure(s) should be excluded from routine screening testing programs, if possible.

For more information about who should be tested for COVID-19, please visit the CDC webpage here, and/or consult your physician or healthcare provider.