Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing

Testing Options

Find a Testing Site

COVID-19 testing sites are available in Fairfax and the surrounding jurisdictions. 

Use this Virginia Department of Health (VDH) tool to search for a testing site in Virginia near you. 

 

Schedule an Appointment at the Community Testing Center

Opening January 15, the VDH Health Community Testing Center will provide free PCR testing. It is located in a tent in parking lot B of the Fairfax County Government Center. Note: this is not drive-through testing, please dress warmly.

Testing is by appointment only. If you do not see openings, check back frequently as appointments are added regularly. Make an appointment online

Learn more about the Community Testing Center and download a flier.

 

Contact Inova (People with COVID-19 Symptoms Only)

Inova is offering appointment-only vehicle-side COVID tests for people with COVID-19 symptoms. Call to request yours: 571-472-6843. More information about Inova testing can be found on the Inova Testing page.

 

At-Home Testing

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. At-home tests can be purchased at pharmacies and other retailers. More information on at home testing is available from the Virginia Department of Health.

 

Contact a Health Care Provider

Call your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and get scheduled for a test. Places such as urgent care centers, community health centers, and community-based clinics across the region also offer testing. You can search for a location using the VDH testing site search tool or by calling a provider directly. Most clinics are set up to swab patients for testing on-site and some offer drive-up and walk-up testing options. 

 

Make an Appointment at a Health Department Clinic

The Health Department offers COVID-19 testing at its clinics to people who have symptoms; those who do not have access to testing options available in the community; those identified as close contacts; and for those returning from international travel. Appointments are required. Call 703-324-7404 to schedule a testing appointment.

 

Health Department Mobile Testing

During the fall of 2021, the Health Department's mobile laboratory provided testing in locations throughout the county for individuals’ who were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

2022 dates will be announced soon.

Sites are selected, based on Health Department data, to increase access to testing in areas within the county with higher numbers of cases and limited testing resources or clinics. Dates, times and locations will be updated as information changes. 

 

If You Don’t Have Insurance

If you do not have a primary doctor, and you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact HealthWorks (703-443-2000) or Neighborhood Health (703-535-5568) to be evaluated and schedule a testing appointment. New patients are accepted with or without insurance and on a sliding scale fee if low-income and uninsured. Priority is given to patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

HealthWorks provides COVID-19 testing free for uninsured patients who meet eligibility for the sliding scale fee and do not already have another primary doctor. Patients should call 703-443-2000 to get a telehealth evaluation by a medical provider prior to scheduling a test.

Neighborhood Health provides COVID-19 testing free for uninsured patients who meet eligibility for the sliding scale fee. Patients should call 703-535-5568 to get a telehealth evaluation by a medical provider prior to scheduling a test.

Inova Cares Clinics for Families provides primary care services for patients with Medicaid or low-income uninsured patients up to 400% Federal Poverty Guideline and offers limited COVID-19 testing.

The Fairfax Health District has many low-cost health care resources for individuals who lack health insurance. See: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health Care Options for the Uninsured

You can also call our Coordinated Services Planning service at 703-222-0880, TTY 711 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to talk with someone about your needs and receive advice on services available to you.

 

What Should I Do If I Test Positive?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, see this guidance on isolation and how to identify and inform your close contacts

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated quarantine and isolation recommendations on Dec. 27. To learn more about this new guidance, see updated quarantine and isolation recommendations.

 

Types of Tests

There are two types of testing available for COVID-19. COVID-19 tests can detect either SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or antibodies that your body makes after getting COVID-19 or after getting vaccinated. Learn more about the types of tests available: 

VDH

CDC:

 

Additional Testing Information and Related Resources

When to Isolate and When to Quarantine

Guidance for Parents of School-aged Children

Virginia Department of Health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Coronavirus Testing Basics

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