February 9, 2022
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Fredericksburg Community Testing Center (CTC) Scheduled to Stop Operations
Virginia Department of Health Transitioning to Mobile Testing Units
(FREDERICKSBURG, Va.)— The Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) is increasing access to free COVID-19 testing with the recent addition of the CTC+ initiative, a vendor operated van with testing staff that will travel throughout the region to support expanded testing in communities that have low access to testing. The initiative involves discontinuing the Community Testing Center (CTC) at the FredNats Stadium, which will hold its last day of operations on Thursday, February 10. The addition of the CTC+ will allow for testing at flexible community testing sites.
Similar to the fixed site CTC, the testing vendor will offer free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 to individuals 3 months and older. PCR test results are usually available within a few days and are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic.
Scheduling for the CTC+ mobile clinics is not yet available. Information on locations, days and hours of operation, and options to pre-register will be announced soon. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
Testing remains an important tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new testing initiative will be in addition to existing community testing events and other testing activities offered in the community.
RAHD offers free PCR testing in February from 2-5 p.m. at the following locations:
- Every Wednesday at Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd., Stafford 22554
- Friday, February 11 and 25 at Ladysmith Rescue Squad, 18287 US-1, Ruther Glen 22546
- Friday, February 18 at King George Citizens Center, 8076 Kings Highway, King George 22485
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for RAHD testing events. For scheduling, visit https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov/vdhapps/f?p=testreg:testingappointments
To find all available COVID-19 testing centers in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/ . To get free at-home COVID-19 test kits as part of a federal program (4 kits per residential address), visit www.covidtests.gov/.
NOTE: Members of the media are not permitted within an established mobile testing perimeter when patients are present.