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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 coronavirus.dc.gov/register to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

District of Columbia COVID-19 Testing Sites

Need a test on January 18? Here are your options:

Pick up a free rapid Antigen test. Must show proof of District residency.

Rapid test schedule for 1-15-22 - see text below

Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street, NW, from 10 am to 6 pm
West End Library, 2301 L Street, NW, from 10 am to 6 pm
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, from 10 am to 6 pm
Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, from 10 am to 6 pm
Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street, NE, from 10 am to 6 pm
Shaw Library (Watha T. Daniel), 1630 7th Street, NW, from 10 am to 6 pm
Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW, from 10 am to 6 pm
Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Avenue, SE, from 10 am to 6 pm
Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road, SE, from 10 am to 6 pm
 

Are you a senior? Visit your local wellness center.
 

senior sites for rapid testing

Senior Sites for Residents 65+
Hayes Senior Wellness Center, 500 K Street, NE, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Avenue, NE, from 1 pm to 3 pm

Go to a walk-up PCR site

PCR testing locations for Tuesday, January 18

PCR Testing Sites for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Ridge Road Recreation Center at 830 Ridge Road, SE, from 12 pm until 4 pm
Engine 8 at 1520 C Street, SE, from 2:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Engine 10 at 1342 Florida Avenue, NE, from 2:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Engine 30 at 50 49th Street, NE, from 2:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Engine 33 at 101 Atlantic Street, SE, from 2:30 pm until 7:30 pm

 

CDC/FEMA/ETruNorth Operated PCR Testing Site

Individuals can register here iNeedaCOVID19Test.com to create a unique digital voucher to take with them during their appointment.

Individuals can also register onsite or call 1-800-635-8611 for assistance.

Monday through Saturday, pick up or drop off an at-home PCR test at any of the 36 drop box locations below. PCR test kit pick up and drop-off sites will be open for pick up from 10 am until 6 pm; samples can be dropped off at all sites until 8 pm. Sites are only open for drop offs on Sundays.

Need a test

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Need a Test? Get a Test. Then Quarantine.

DC residents, 3 years of age and older, experiencing any COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chills, runny nose) or with known exposure to COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 test. You DO NOT need a doctor's note for any of the walk-in sites. Testing and quarantine go together. While you wait for your results, protect our community by staying home.

Why are individuals encouraged to get tested through their health care provider?

Individuals are encouraged to get tested through their own health care provider so that when the test results come back the patient is already connected to the health care they need. If an individual needs a COVID-19 test and they do not have a provider, there are a number of options to obtain a test and a provider. If an individual needs a test and their provider is unable to give them a test, that individual should come to one of the District’s walk-up sites.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are no longer needed for any of the District’s walk-up sites. However, self-registration is strongly encouraged. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/register to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Simply follow the self-registration guidance and your information is easily and quickly available to the site staff upon your arrival. While not required, it strongly recommended that you create a profile before visiting a drive-up site. This is for both safety and efficiency.

What is the process for COVID-19 testing?

You will receive a nasal swab. During this test you may feel some discomfort, including nose irritation or minor bleeding. All are normal.

What should I do while I wait to be swabbed?

Walk-up testing: If you are walking, please remain 6 feet from other individuals while you wait and cover your cough and sneeze.

When will my results be ready?

Results generally take 3-5 days to become available.

How will I receive my results?

When available, results will be sent to the email address used during registration. Individuals who do not have an active email address will receive a copy of their results in the mail. DC Health does not guarantee result availability to meet patient specific deadlines.

What should you do while you wait for results?

  • Because your results are unknown immediately after testing, it’s critical you stay home. Staying home until your results are known helps stop potential spread in our community.
  • Do not go to work or spend time in public places. Work from home if you can. Do not go to restaurants to pick-up or carry out food, avoid visits to essential businesses, etc.
  • Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home. Stay in a specific room and if possible, a designated bathroom away from others in your home.
  • Wear a facemask/covering when around other people or pets, at home and outside.
  • Wash your hands, multiple times a day, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing household items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, and bedding.
  • Maintaining your mental health while you wait is important. Certified clinicians are available 24/7 through the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s mental health hotline: 1-888-793-4357.

Providers that offer COVID-19 Testing

Site Appointments Age Group
Community of Hope Walk-in testing, no appointment needed. For more information, call (202) 540-9857  No minimum age
GW University Medical System

For an appointment, call (202) 741-2765 

6 months +
All Care Family Medicine & Urgent Care

For an appointment, call (202) 787-1979

2 years +
Family and Medical Counseling Service

For more information, call (202) 889-7900

No minimum age
Mary’s Center

For an appointment, call 1-844-796-2797 

No minimum age
Unity Health Care

For an appointment, call (202) 469-4699

No minimum age
Whitman-Walker Health

For an appointment, call (202) 745-7000

No minimum age
Curative Visit curative.com to book an appointment for specific details No minimum age
Medstar Health For an appointment at a MedStar Health Urgent Care location, you must reserve your spot online ahead of time at medstarhealth.org/services/urgent-care. If your primary care doctor is in MedStar Health, please call their office for testing. No minimum age
Sibley Memorial Hospital

For an appointment, call 443-997-9537

No minimum age
Bread for the City

For more information, call (202) 265-2400

No minimum age

Elaine Ellis Center of Health

For an appointment, call (202) 803-2340 No minimum age
Walgreens (1401 Rhode Island Ave., NE)

This Walgreens location is offering no-cost COVID tests to those 18 years and older, 7 days per week, from 9 am to 5 pm (weather pending).
Contact the store for specific details.

3 years +
District Urgent Care (4903 Georgia Avenue, NW) Walk-up testing Monday-Saturday 9 am - 5:45 pm. Pre-registration is required.
Visit districturgentcare.com to pre-register and for specific details.
No minimum age
Farragut Medical and Travel Care

Farragut Medical and Travel Care offers rapid antigen testing, same day PCR testing, and antibody testing for COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, please call (202)775-8500

No minimum age
Additional Member Testing Sites    
One Medical
(Members only)

For an appointment, call (202) 695-7576

14 years+
Kaiser Permanente
(Members only)

For an appointment, call (202) 346-3000

No minimum age

Can I test at home?

Provider How it works
Ready Responders

For at-home, on-demand care and COVID testing, call (202) 602-0814. Ready comes to your home, is open 8am to 8pm, seven days per week, and serves all 8 Wards. Ready is currently offering rapid antigen testing only, with results in 15 minutes. If you require a PCR test, please utilize another testing option.

Pixel by LabCorp

Home test kits are available for no out of pocket costs to be delivered to your door: https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test

Safeway Pharmacy

How it works: Safeway Pharmacies are now offering quick and easy COVID-19 at home saliva tests through Phosphorus Diagnostics at scheduletest.com

Need a Test? Get a Test. Then Quarantine.

DC residents, 3 years of age and older, experiencing any COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chills, runny nose) or with known exposure to COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 test. You DO NOT need a doctor's note for any of the walk-in sites. Testing and quarantine go together. While you wait for your results, protect our community by staying home.

Test Yourself

Test Yourself DC is a COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit that allows you to take a COVID-19 test at home without having to wait in line at a testing site. The COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit is intended for the collection of anterior nasal swabs from individuals age 18 years and older (self-collected), 14 years and older (self-collected under adult supervision), or 2 years and older (collected with adult assistance). Test Yourself DC kits are available for pick-up at 36 locations around the city.

Save Time in the Line at Public Testing Sites

Before you go, register to save time in line:

You do not need a doctor's note or an appointment for any of the District’s walk-up testing sites. But to save time in line, first visit coronavirus.dc.gov/register to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Insurance

Individuals who have health insurance will be asked to provide their insurance information when registering for a test at a public site. Residents will continue to receive testing at no cost, and no one will be charged a copay for testing. Individuals without insurance will continue to receive free testing. No one will be turned away or charged.

DC Contact Trace Force

Learn more on what to expect if you get the call: 

Walk-Up PCR Public Testing Sites:  January 16 - January 23, 2022

Site Address Time  Appointment Needed?
FEMS Walk-Up Sites
 
Engine 4
Engine 11
Engine 24
Engine 31
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
FEMS Walk-Up Sites
 
Engine 8
Engine 10
Engine 30
Engine 33

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
2:30 pm - 7:30 pm

No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Farragut Square
 
17th and I (Eye) St., NW Tuesday-Friday
8 am - 12 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Rumsey Aquatic Center 635 North Carolina Ave., SE   No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Farragut Square 17th and I (Eye) St., NW Monday, Jan 17
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Trinidad Recreation Center
 
1310 Childress St., NE Wednesday, Jan 19
12 pm -4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Ridge Road Recreation Center 830 Ridge Road, SE Tuesday, Jan 18
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Douglass Community Center 1922 Frederick Douglass Ct. SE Thursday, Jan 20
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Benning Stoddert Recreation Center
 
100 Stoddert Pl., SE Thursday, Jan 20
3 pm - 7 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
NCBA Estates 2801 14th St., NW Friday, Jan 21
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Rumsey Aquatic Center 635 North Carolina Ave., SE Saturday, Jan 22
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Garfield Park 200 South Carolina Ave. SE Saturday, Jan 22
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
Rumsey Aquatic Center
 
635 North Carolina Ave., SE Sunday, Jan 23
12 pm - 4 pm
No, but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.

If your symptoms worsen, please seek prompt medical attention. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face