January 31, 2022
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Chesterfield Health District Community COVID-19 Testing Center to Accept Walk-Ins
CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Effective today, the Chesterfield Health District’s Community Testing Center (CTC) at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds will begin accepting walk-ins.
The Chesterfield CTC, located at 10300 Courthouse Rd., provides Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 at no cost to the public. The CTC is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walk-ins will be prioritized based on the governor’s testing guidelines and will be accommodated as supplies and time allow. The last walk-in will be accepted at 5:30 p.m. Please enter the fairgrounds through Gate 4.
Testing is available for everyone ages 3 months and older. However, a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years old. To reduce wait time schedule an appointment by visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov/testingappointment. Testing will take place in a heated tent; please dress appropriately for the weather.
PCR test results are usually available within a few days, and are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic. CTC test results will be automatically sent via text or email message to individuals being tested based on the information provided in the appointment system.
To protect yourself and healthcare workers, wear a cloth face covering or mask. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people at all times. Be sure to tell the testing providers if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, deep cough or shortness of breath, or believe that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
VDH recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:
- 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 for fully vaccinated 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.
Please reserve hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies. If you’re seeking a COVID test and it is not an emergency, please utilize VDH’s community testing events or a retail. For questions about COVID-19 testing or a list of testing locations, visit the VDH website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those still needing a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, please visit or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available in more than 100 languages.
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