Protect Your Health
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.
VDH recommends COVID-19 testing for the following people:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered day 0.
- People who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People regardless of vaccination status who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local, or territorial health department.
- People who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel with some exceptions [Español ] for fully vaccinated [Español ] people
- If possible, people who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings).
- If possible, people who plan to visit someone at high-risk for developing severe COVID-19.
What should I do if I can’t find a test?
If you are unable to get a test or an appointment due to the high demand that Omicron has posed, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of potentially spreading COVID-19:
If you’re sick and unable to get a test or appointment
Stay home and limit your contact with other people (isolate).
For more information visit VDH’s What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Testing is recommended at least 5 days after exposure
If you’re exposed and are recommended to quarantine, and you are unable to stay home while you wait for a test or appointment, wear a well-fitting mask and avoid close contact with other individuals as much as possible.
For more information, visit VDH’s What to do if you were potentially exposed to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Find Your COVID-19 Test
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).
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
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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