COVID-19 Testing

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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.

When to Test for COVID-19 After Close Contact With Someone With COVID-19

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If you have questions about testing or the type of test to use, talk with your healthcare provider or refer to the test kit’s instructions.

VDH recommends COVID-19 testing for the following people:

  • 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 [Español ] for fully vaccinated [Español ] people
  • People who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 [Español ]
  • 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

For more information about who should be tested for COVID-19   [Español ], and/or consult your physician or healthcare provider.

Coronavirus Self-Checker

A tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care.
CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
Coronovirus Self-Checker in Spanish

Get Tested

Find Your COVID-19 Test

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Walgreens Partnership

VDH has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to offer free COVID-19 antigen tests (using Abbott BinaxNOW tests) at many stores across the state - stores participating in the program are listed on the Walgreens Partnership page or on the Testing Site locator page.


FREE COVID-19 at-home test kits at participating libraries

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).


K-12 Testing

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are partnering to launch a new COVID-19 testing program for the 2021 - 2022 school year, Virginia School Screening Testing for Assurance (ViSSTA).

Have a question?

More information on COVID-19 testing

Covid-19 Related Questions

VDH’s Call Center 1-877-829-4682
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m.

Healthcare Providers

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

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 (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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