Free COVID-19 Tests Available to the Community
This page is intended to provide local COVID-19 testing opportunities. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 is available to individuals ages 3 months and older. PCR test results are usually available within a few days, and are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic.
Individuals interested in receiving a free test at a community testing site can schedule an appointment online through the VASE+ website or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available in more than 100 languages.
Community Testing Opportunities
Free COVID-19 test kits are now available at select Norfolk libraries, while supplies last.
- Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek, 1425 Norchester Ave, Norfolk. 757-823-4200
- Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk. 7577-441-1750
- Richard A. Tucker Memorial Branch, Norfolk. 757-823-4200
- Slover Library, 235 E. Plume St, Norfolk. 757-431-7491
The following list provides additional locations you may find COVID-19 testing (free or at cost):
- Retail pharmacies
- Walgreens Partnership
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for Patients | LabCorp; Pixel by LabCorp provides additional events (not sponsored by VDH)
- At-home test kits are available through some libraries
- Your primary healthcare provider
At home tests can be ordered through some private companies, including Quest Diagnostic.
Testing remains an important tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is important to understand when one needs to seek testing. The following are reasons to get tested for COVID-19.
Who Should Get Tested:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered day 0.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
Who Does NOT Need to Get Tested:
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested.
Know When to Get Tested:
If you have questions about testing or the type of test to use, talk with your healthcare provider or refer to the test kit’s instructions.
For more information on COVID-19 testing, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.