Learn more about testing updates from the Virginia Department of Health. If you have questions, contact our call center at 703-267-3511 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).
You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms or if you spent time with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 — even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine.
You should get tested for COVID-19 if:
You do not need to get tested if:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) self-checker or the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) COVIDCHECK are available to help make decisions on when to call their doctor or seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19.
Call your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms and get scheduled for a test. Some primary care providers are set up to test their patients on site. Others are referring patients for testing by appointment at other locations such as Respiratory Clinics and drive-up testing sites. Your primary care provider will talk with you about the best place for you to get tested. They will also let you know how you can get your test results.
COVID-19 testing sites are available in Fairfax and the surrounding jurisdictions. Use this document to find a testing site in the Fairfax Health District or search for a testing site in Virginia near you.
The Health Department's mobile laboratory provides testing in locations throughout the county for individuals’ who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Sites were 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.
|Location||Dates / Times|
|H Mart Herndon
1228 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|Food Lion Store #943
7760 Gunston Plaza, Lorton, VA 22079
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3421 Glen Carlyn Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|Little Rocky Run Townhomes
Recreation Center #2, 6201 Sandstone Way, Clifton, VA 20124
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville, VA 20121
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Health Department’s Mobile Testing service is for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those who have been identified as a close contact in a case investigation. Here is what you need to know before you visit.
There are two types of tests offered at our mobile laboratory: rapid and traditional RT-PCR. Rapid tests are approved for use on symptomatic individuals. RT-PCR tests are recommended for asymptomatic people.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, a rapid test will be recommended for you. Rapid tests are processed on site and results are available the same day. Negative rapid tests are sent back to our laboratory for confirmation by RT-PCR testing process.
If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, a PCR test will be recommended for you. PCR tests are sent back to our public health laboratory for processing and typically take about 72 hours to receive results.
“Rapid testing” does not mean “fast.”
A rapid test involves a nasal swab that must be processed quickly after collection. The processing takes 30 minutes, and then more time is required for uploading the client information and results. Since we have limited equipment for processing tests at the mobile laboratory unit, and specimen collection timing must be precise, you should be prepared to wait if you are seeking a rapid test. Results will be made available that day or the next day for rapid tests.
You receive your results via a personal phone call and text message.
After your test, you will receive a phone call from a member of our team with your result. You will also receive a coded text message to alert you to your result.
If you need a printed or emailed report, we can give you one.
Printed rapid test results can be made available the same day by the mobile clinic. There will be at least 90 minutes between test and receiving the printed result. Please plan accordingly if you wish to wait for a result.
If you want your report emailed to you, please bring two forms of identification to your test. One form must be a photo ID.
There are no doctors or nurses at our testing site.
Laboratory scientists and support staff are on site at the mobile laboratory. We are unable support health care paperwork that needs to be completed by a doctor or nurse.
We will be there, rain or shine.
These mobile lab services are provided outdoors, please dress appropriately for all weather.
Remember, there are dozens of places across Fairfax County to seek COVID-19 testing.
A list of locations can be found above.
Residents who exhibit COVID-19-like symptoms and do not have access to testing options available in the community may schedule an appointment for testing at a Health Department clinic. Call the call center at 703-324-7404 to schedule a testing appointment.
Testing at the Health Department is reserved for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, those identified as close contacts, and for those returning from international travel. Testing is not for routine testing, pre-travel, return to work or school, or proof of negative test for other purposes.
Many of the locations in the document above offer testing for uninsured patients. 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.
The time between when a specimen is collected and when you receive your results can vary depending on the laboratory conducting the testing. With the exception of some rapid tests, it could take up to a few days, or sometimes longer to get your result, so be sure to check with your provider in advance.
While you are waiting for your test results:
See 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result to learn more about what to do while you are waiting.
Employers should not require employees to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note to enable them to return to work. An employee can return to work once either of the following situations is met.
A negative virus test result should not be required because healthcare providers are extremely busy and may not be able to provide such documentation in a timely manner; and because the test may remain positive long after an individual is no longer contagious (unable to spread illness). This is because the test may detect dead virus particles that cannot be spread to others. People who are immunocompromised should check with their doctor before returning to work and healthcare workers should check with Occupational Health provider. This guidance is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
Employers shall notify their employees and the Health Department of any reports they receive of positive COVID-19 tests by employees, subcontractors, contract employees, and temporary employees present at the place of employment within the previous 14 days from the date of positive test. This is in accordance with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention related to COVID-19. Cases should be reported using this form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Health Department’s Call Center at (703) 267-3511.
There are two types of testing available for COVID-19:
Type 1: Diagnostic tests.
There are two types of diagnostic tests: molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests (rapid tests), that detect specific proteins on the virus. These tests indicate if you have a current infection. Diagnostic tests most often involve a nasal or throat swab. However, there are some new diagnostic tests available with alternative methods, such as a saliva test. Test results may remain positive for days to more than a week.
Type 2: Serologic (or antibody) test.
These tests are conducted to detect COVID-19 antibodies, which your body makes in response to an infection.
There are two types, one tests for recent infection (IgM) and one tests for past infection (IgG). The performance of these tests varies. These tests are conducted using a blood specimen. IgM becomes positive 4-10 days after infection & IgG becomes positive 10-20 days after infection. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection.
Antibody blood tests, also called serology tests, may show if you had a previous infection with the virus. However, medical science has yet to determine what level of antibodies confirm immunity or how long immunity might last. Until there is more definitive information, we should assume, even with positive antibodies, that a person may still be susceptible to the coronavirus.
An antibody test also should not be used to diagnose COVID-19. To see if you are currently infected, you need the viral test.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19. Scammers are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results and seeking to obtain individuals’ personal information and personal health information. Not all COVID-19 antibody tests have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and their efficacy has not been determined. Learn more about this FBI warning.
Virginia Department of Health: VDH's COVID-19 Testing page
Virginia Department of Health Testing locations: COVID-19 Testing Sites
Virginia Department of Health: What to Expect During Your Test
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC's Testing for COVID-19 page
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Coronavirus Testing Basics
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