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

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Testing Site Locator

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At-⁠home COVID-⁠19 testing

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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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Community Testing Events

Local Health Districts plan and host community testing events across Virginia. Check your LHD website or VDH's testing locator to find one near you!

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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.

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K-12 Testing

VDH offers COVID-19 testing resources to all K-12 schools in the Commonwealth, including vendor-supported PCR screening testing and at-home diagnostic rapid antigen test kits.

 

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Child Care Testing

VDH is offering at home rapid antigen test kits to child care facilities through their local health districts. Contact your local health district to receive test kits.

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:

More Information on COVID-19 Testing

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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