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
      • Most people who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19* 
      • People who participate in activities that are  higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel,  attending large events, or being in crowded indoor settings)
      • People who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or 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

*Fully vaccinated people, and 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.

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.