COVID-19 Testing

VDH continues its partnerships with retail pharmacies and Community COVID-19 Testing Events. This will help meet the higher demand for COVID-19 testing. Let’s save hospital emergency rooms, urgent care providers and rescue squads for medical emergencies.

NEW: Does my workplace need a CLIA certificate to test employees for COVID-19?

Yes. In an effort to provide support to workplaces who may be doing COVID-19 testing, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has prepared materials to outline the simple steps necessary to do this. Generally, a CLIA certificate of waiver is necessary for a workplace to do testing.  For information regarding CLIA requirements and the application process for workplace COVID-19 testing, please see the Quick Start Guide for COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace and the Workplace COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet.

Please note: CMS is temporarily exercising enforcement discretion and allowing employers to start waived SARS-CoV-2 Point of Care testing after a facility has submitted a CMS-116 application.

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 tested 5-7 days after close contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • 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.