COVID-19 Testing

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COVID-19 Testing

There are many ways to access COVID-19 testing in Virginia. At-home rapid antigen tests are available through VDH, through Medicare and private insurance companies, and for purchase from retail pharmacies. Learn more about whether to get tested, where to get tested, and what to do after testing below.

Questions about whether you should get tested?

  • If you have questions about whether your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, visit CDC’s Self-Checker. You can also refer questions to your health care provider.
  • For questions about travel, high-risk activities, and other testing guidance, access CDC’s testing page.

Find Your Test


VDH Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration

Community members can pick up FREE test kits from participating libraries (library cards aren’t required) and take the kits home to self-test for COVID-19 through VDH Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration (VDH-STACC).

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At-⁠home COVID-⁠19 testing

Information from the CDC on how and when to do a COVID-19 rapid test.

At-home testing information

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K-12 and Child Care Testing

VDH offers COVID-19 testing resources for schools and child care facilities through July 2023. These programs are funded by the CDC ELC Reopening Schools Award.

K-12 Testing

Child Care Testing

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CDC Increasing Community Access to Testing

People with or without health insurance do not have to pay for COVID-19 testing at Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) locations. Search for a location convenient for you, then visit the provider’s website to make an appointment.

More Information on COVID-19 Testing

Questions about types of COVID-19 tests and what to do after your test?

Visit the CDC COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know webpage for more information on types of tests and what to do after your test, and the VDH webpages:

Covid-19 Related Questions

VDH’s Call Center:
1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343)
Monday-Friday  8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

Healthcare Providers

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

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 (PDF) (5 pp, 3.4MB) and the Workplace COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 152KB).

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.

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