COVID-19: Get Tested

Page updated on Jan 25, 2021 at 5:11 PM

Where to Get Tested

Use the guide below to determine the best testing facility for your needs:

Do you have symptoms or have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Yes, I have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus

I don’t have insurance:

Curative Testing Kiosks (starting January 7)

  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center
    25 W. Reed Ave.
    Monday-Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Ben Brenman Park
    4800 Brenman Park Dr.
    Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center
    901 Wythe St.
    Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Government identification is not required

Neighborhood Health Clinic
703.535.5568

  • 2 E. Glebe Rd.
  • 1200 N. Howard St.
  • 6677 Richmond Hwy.

Alexandria Immediate Care
6020 Richmond Hwy. #102
571.308.6776

Patient First – Alexandria
6311 Richmond Hwy.
703.647.6087

Inova Primary Care – Old Town
325 S. Washington St.
703.683.7220
*call 571-665-6610 to qualify for free screening at this facility

Nova Patient Care
526 N. Henry Street
703.348.9111
*$125 for doctors visit fee

Doctors to You
Concierge house call service
*$300 testing fee plus cost of house call (insurance not accepted)

Preston’s Pharmacy
5101 Lee Highway
703.522.3412

I have government issued identification and insurance:

First, check with your primary care doctor to see if they are offering tests
If your primary care doctor does not have testing capacity, contact any of the facilities listed above OR any of the following:

CVS Minute Clinic
Multiple locations in the Northern Virginia and D.C. area

Juberi Medical Center
2817 Duke St.
703.997.9699

AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria
3117 Duke St.
703.751.8800

Blue Nile Medical Center
85 S. Bragg St., Suite 100
703.845.0700

CN Internal Medicine
5226 Dawes Ave.
703.212.9190

Medstar Health Urgent Care
3610 D King St.
703.845.2815

Nova Urgent & Primary Care
5249 Duke Street #100
703.658.2650

Additional facilities in Virginia can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.

No, I need a test due to travel or other purposes

I don’t have insurance:

Curative Testing Kiosks (starting January 7)

  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center
    25 W. Reed Ave.
    Monday-Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Ben Brenman Park
    4800 Brenman Park Dr.
    Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center
    901 Wythe St.
    Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Government identification is not required

Nova Patient Care
526 N. Henry Street
703.348.9111
*$125 for doctors visit fee

Doctors to You
Concierge house call service
*$300 testing fee plus cost of house call (insurance not accepted)

I have government issued identification and insurance:

First, check with your primary care doctor to see if they are offering tests
If your primary care doctor does not have testing capacity, contact any of the facilities listed above OR any of the following:

Juberi Medical Center
2817 Duke St.
703.997.9699

Preston’s Pharmacy
5101 Lee Hwy.
703.522.3412

Blue Nile Medical Center
85 S. Bragg St., Suite 100
703.845.0700

Additional facilities in Virginia can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.


Testing Overview

COVID-19 has a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Getting tested gives you the power to stop the spread to friends and loved ones. Care and testing is available through many providers in Alexandria, whether or not you have insurance. Talk to the facility directly about identification requirements and whether you qualify for free or reduced cost care. 

Test results provide information about one point in time. Since COVID-19 can take between 2-14 days to incubate, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) recommends waiting about 7-10 days after a gathering, travel, or close contact with someone positive with COVID-19 before you get tested. Stay away from others while you wait the 7-10 days to get tested to avoid potential exposure to others. You may also become exposed to the virus  or develop COVID-19 after your test, therefore, a negative test result doesn’t mean you should stop wearing a mask or maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from those who don’t live in your household. 

If AHD has directed you to quarantine for 14 days because you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, AHD does not recommend ending quarantine early if you receive a negative test result.  


Self-Testing Kiosk 500x500Free Testing Kiosks Now Available

As part of efforts to expand access to testing options, the City and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) have launched free kiosk-based testing sites in partnership with the private testing company Curative. 

The kiosks offer a testing swab that is self-administered under the supervision of a Curative worker. Appointments are encouraged and may be made at Curative.com. Walk-up testing is also available. Kiosk service is available in English and Spanish.

View an Informational Flyer (also available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic)


Amharic | Arabic | Spanish

A Positive Test Result

A positive COVID-19 test doesn’t mean you have to quarantine forever, but there are several steps you must take to improve your health and protect those around you.

The “What To Do If You Get Sick” worksheet outlines steps for how long to stay away from others and who to contact after receiving a positive test result (also available in Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Farsi).

You will receive a call from AHD as part of their case investigation, to figure out who your close contacts are and to connect you with needed resources while you stay home. Read more about what happens when you get a call.

It is critical to monitor your symptoms after a positive test. While most people may have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can become severe regardless of age or underlying conditions. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; bluish lips or face; or inability to wake or stay awake.


Quarantine is Not Forever

While isolating yourself from others after contracting COVID-19 is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread, it doesn’t last forever.

Determining when you can be around others depends on a number of factors, use the When You Can Be Around Others chart to help determine when it’s safe to leave your home and be around others (also available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic). On December 2, the CDC released  additional quarantine guidance using a test and symptom based strategy that carries a higher risk of unknowingly spreading infection. AHD continues to strongly recommend a 14 day period for quarantine, and a minimum of 10 days for isolation. 


A Negative Test Result

A negative test means you were not infected with COVID-19 at the time your specimen was collected. However, a negative test does not mean that you will not get sick.

It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later. You could also be exposed later and then develop the illness.

As always, take precautions to stay safe, such as wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, and maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance.


More Information

For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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