Coronavirus Testing

Pre-registration for Public Testing

It’s best to get testing through your provider, but if you need to use public testing, you can save time in line by visiting to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Reopening Metrics


The District of Columbia is closely monitoring key public health signs to determine when and how to reopen the District in a way that is safe, measured, data-driven, and sustainable.

The timing of when it is safe to relax certain social (physical) distancing policies will be determined in part by the following four criteria:

  • Level of Community Spread
  • Health System Capacity
  • Public Health System Capacity
  • Community Engagement

The above four criteria each contain one or more metrics. Each metric measures key factors related to the extent of COVID-19 transmission in our city and our collective capacity to contain the spread of the virus. Once we reach the thresholds for a sustained period of time, the District may move into new phases to gradually lift restrictions. It will take all of us to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Summary Table

All metrics and thresholds are subject to change based on the evolving nature of the outbreak. See detailed Data Notes for more information.

Reopening Metrics Summary

Level of Community Spread

Level of community spread considers the following metrics to determine how the outbreak is moving through the community:

  • Reported daily case rate
  • Rate of transmission
  • Test positivity rate
  • Percent of positive cases from quarantined contacts


Health System Capacity

Health system capacity considers the following metrics to measure the ability of labs and healthcare providers and facilities to appropriately test, screen, and provide care for current and future patients who have COVID-19:

  • Percent hospital utilization
  • Percent COVID-19 patients in hospitals
  • Mean test turnaround time
  • COVID-19 diagnostic tests conducted per million


Public Health System Capacity

Public Health System Capacity considers the following metrics to ensure the health department and supportive agencies have sufficient personnel to adequately conduct disease investigation, contact tracing, surveillance data analysis, and other core functions:

  • Positive cases with a contact attempt within 1 day
  • Close contacts with a contact attempt within 2 days


Community Engagement

Community Engagement considers the following metrics to measure the cooperation of the community at large in slowing and stopping the outbreak, including willing and full participation in contact tracing activities as well as following public health guidelines:

  • Percent positive cases interviewed within 3 days
  • Percent cases providing close contact information
  • Mean number of close contacts provided per case