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 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.

Coronavirus
Self-Checker

A tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care.
CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
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For more information about who should be tested for COVID-19   [Español] , and/or consult your physician or healthcare provider.

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)? 

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.

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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).

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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.

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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