COVID-19 Testing

VDH also recommends COVID-19 testing for the following people:

  • 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  [Español ] for fully vaccinated  [Español ] people
  • People who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19  [Español ]
  • 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

For more information about who should be tested for COVID-19   [Español ], and/or consult your physician or healthcare provider.


Coronavirus Self-Checker

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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.

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).


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).

At Home Testing/Point of Care 

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.

Some of the packaging on your at home test kit may say, “Contact your local health department with your results.”

Be advised: You don’t need to call us! Here are two reasons why:

1.) An individual citizen performing testing at home using any over-the-counter COVID-19 test kit should report positive results of the test to their healthcare provider.

2.) “Persons who self-report a positive at-home COVID-19 test should be advised to isolate at home for at least 5 days, per VDH recommendations. make sure to let the people you were near know if you tested positive. You can also anonymously notify others using the COVIDWISE app.

Get your FREE at-home testing kits today by ordering through the USPS here.