At Home Testing/Point of Care

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At-Home Testing

At-home testing allows a person to collect a specimen and perform either a molecular or antigen test at home according to directions provided with the kit. Likewise, an adult can test a child by collecting a specimen and running the test. 

Step 1: Take the At-Home Test

Instructions for Self-Collecting COVID-19 Test Samples

Always make sure to follow the instructions provided in your specific at-home testing kit, such as the quick reference guides or instructional videos, to help you perform the test correctly.

How to Collect an Anterior Nasal Swab Specimen for COVID-19 Testing

Most self-tests require the collection of a nasal specimen. Download directions for collection of nasal specimen.
English (PDF) (2 pp, 372KB)
Español (PDF) (2 pp, 395KB)

Step 3: After Testing

What To Do After Testing Based On Your Results

Test Result was Positive

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Isolate when you are sick or when you have a positive COVID-19 test, even if you don’t have symptoms. Isolate means to stay home and away from others when you are infected.

Test Result Was Negative

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If you test negative on a viral test, you were probably not infected at the time your sample was taken. However, it is possible you were very early in your infection when you were tested and you could test positive later.

Product Safety Communications, Recalls, and Expiration Updates


At-Home Test Kits

Resources: At-Home Test Kits

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Page Last Updated: March 21, 2022


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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Class 1 Recalls of COVID-19 Tests

This recall does not apply to the SD Biosensor COVID-19 At-Home Test (also an antigen test), which was authorized by the FDA on December 24, 2021, and is distributed by Roche Diagnostics.

The FDA issued safety communications warning against the use of the COVID-19 tests described below. These tests have not been authorized or approved for use by the FDA. The FDA is concerned about the risk of false results when using these particular unauthorized tests.

Ellume Home Testing

Ellume Recalls COVID-19 Home Test for Potential False Positive SARS-CoV-2 Test Results – Ellume is recalling certain Lot #s of their COVID-19 Home Test because they have the potential to give false positive SARS-CoV-2 test results.

For more information from the manufacturer: Ellume COVID-19 Home Test Voluntary Recall

Abbott Test Kit Expiration Date Extensions

Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Test Card for Professional Use – Updated Expiration Dates (PDF) (24 pp, 264KB)- Expiration dates have been extended for certain Abbott products.

Updated Expiration Dates for eMed-Proctored Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Test (PDF) (10 pp, 324KB)- Expiration dates have been extended for certain Abbott products.