Arlington County Hosts One-Day, Free COVID-19 Testing Site

Published on May 22, 2020

/files/1bb18578-2b23-4953-8ef6-450e0382e11a/PiIENcXg-scaled-e1590329096427.jpeg UPDATE (May 26, 2020): As of 1:35 p.m., the COVID-19 testing site at Barcroft has reached capacity. More info on testing, including Virginia Hospital Center's drive-thru and walk-up collection sites. Find a COVID-19 Testing Site near you with Virginia Department of Health's map.

In an effort to limit community spread in areas that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, Arlington County will host a one-day free COVID-19 testing event sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The event will take place Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. at Barcroft Fitness and Recreation Center (4200 S Four Mile Run Dr.)Tests will be conducted on both a drive-through and walk-up basis. 

"Hosting testing in this location is a conscious effort to concentrate resources in an area easily reachable to those residents who may not otherwise be able to access testing and information," said Dr. Reuben Varghese, Arlington Public Health Director"We hope to reach as many of these residents as we can through this effort." 

This testing event is free of charge and does not require individuals to be symptomatic or have a previous appointment or doctor's note. No identification is required. On-site translation will be availableThose tested will be notified with results. 

Everyone visiting the testing site should wear a face covering. 

Please note this site is for COVID-19 testing and will not be administering the antibody test.  

Arlington County opened its first walk-up COVID-19 sample collection site at the Arlington Mill Community Center earlier this month. It began a drive-through sample collection site in partnership with Virginia Hospital Center in March. 

This testing location is one of several state-supported community testing events Gov. Ralph Northam announced for Northern VirginiaSimilar large-scale testing locations were organized in the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County in the past week.  

Residents can learn more about COVID-19, including where to access testing, tips to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, how to pursue financial assistance, and more by visiting or calling 703-228-7999 

Accessing the Site 

Individuals arriving for testing will not be permitted onto Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center property prior to 8:30 a.m. 

  • Pedestrians shall enter through the Tucker Field (ballpark) entrance 

  • Vehicles shall enter at EB Four Mile Run Drive near George Mason Drive 

The Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center and surrounding parks property will be closed to all recreational activities and there will be no public access outside those receiving testing.  

Traffic Advisory 

The public can anticipate heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area of Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center. The following roadways will be impacted: 

  • Four Mile Run Drive, between Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive will have heavy traffic congestion 

  • Right lane of Four Run Mile Drive, between George Mason Drive and Walter Reed Drive, will be closed 

  • NB George Mason Drive near the intersection of Four Mile Run Drive will have intermittent lane closures  

  • SB George Mason Drive, access to EB Four Mile Run Drive will be restricted 

Other short-term road closures may be implemented at the discretion of law enforcement in the interest of public safety. Motorists are reminded that stopping, standing or parking in any lanes of travel in the area will be strictly prohibited.  

Parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary "No Parking" signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from public property, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222. 

Staying Informed 

Register for Arlington Alert to receive emergency alerts and other important information from Arlington County Government. In the event of a weather-related emergency or unforeseen circumstance, follow police direction. 

Information about a scheduled media briefing will be provided in a second advisory.