COVID-19 Testing

- Arlington County’s COVID-19 Hotline: 703-228-7999
- Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 testing information
- Virginia Department of Health map/list of testing sites
- CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker

Order Free At-Home Tests at COVIDtests.gov

Arlington County Curative Testing Kiosks

Book an appointment and confirm kiosk operating schedule at Curative.com.

  • Arlington Mill Community Center parking lot (909 S. Dinwiddie St.) 
  • Court House Plaza parking lot (2088 15th St. N.; corner of 15th St. N. & N. Courthouse Rd.) 
  • Quincy Park at Central Library (3809 10th St N.)
  • Virginia Highlands Park parking lot (1600 S. Hayes St.)

Requirements:

  • No age restrictions
  • Arlington residency not required
  • No insurance required
  • No doctor referral required or symptoms required
  • Same-day results only available for molecular (NAAT) tests

Find other testing options:

Virginia Department of Health’s map/list of COVID-19 Testing Sites

Virginia Department of Health’s information on home COVID test kitsAt-home testing and collection allow you to collect a specimen or sample at home and either send it to a laboratory for testing, or perform the testing at home. 


What to Do If You Are Sick

Always keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek medical attention right away.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (Last updated: 1/6/2022)

See If You Have Symptoms (Isolate) for more information.

If you are sick and/or caring for someone

When caring for a person with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting, follow the CDC's advice to protect yourself and others.

If you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Last updated: 8/26/2022)

  

 


Testing for COVID-19

When should you get tested for COVID-19? (Last updated: 8/26/2022)

The CDC recommends the following key times to get tested:

  • If you have symptoms, test immediately.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.
  • If you are in certain high-risk settings, you may need to test as part of a screening testing program.
  • Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level

 

Types of tests available

There are two main types of tests for COVID-19: viral tests (PCR or antigen) and antibody tests.

  1. viral test tells you if you have a current infection by looking for parts of the virus. Swabs that take samples from the nose or throat, or saliva, are used for these tests. Currently, there are two main viral tests used to detect COVID-19:
    1. Molecular tests (also called PCR tests) that look for the virus’s genetic material, and
    2. Antigen tests that look for a specific protein that is part of the virus. (Antigen tests can be easy to run and may cost less than molecular tests, but are not always as accurate as molecular tests.)
  2. An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.

Guidance for healthcare providers (Last updated: 6/17/2021)

Virginia Department of Health's Interim COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Healthcare Providers has the latest testing information for healthcare providers.

 

 


What to Do After Testing

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions and stay home and monitor your symptoms while waiting for your test result.

If you test positive (Last updated: 1/6/2022)

See If You Test Positive (Isolate) for more information.


If you test negative (Last updated: 6/17/2021)

If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.

Continue to take steps to protect yourself.