“We are pleased to work with public libraries to provide another testing option for our community and to increase accessibility,'' said Dr. Laurie Forlano, DO MPH, deputy director, Office of Epidemiology. “Testing continues to be important to stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we enter the holiday season when people gather.”
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?
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.