RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is pleased to announce the opening of the first of nine Community Testing Centers (CTCs) on Saturday in Richmond to help meet the increased public demand for COVID-19 testing.
The sites will administer free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and tests will be offered by appointment only. PCR test results are usually available within a few days, and are very effective in detecting an active COVID-19 infection, even if asymptomatic. These CTCs will be in addition to existing Community Testing Events (CTEs) which have been locally coordinated testing efforts through local health departments (LHDs) and specific community partners since Spring 2020.
The CTC testing locations will be near or adjacent to existing VDH Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) in Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Prince William, Richmond and Roanoke that have been operating since October 2021.
The Richmond site will be located at Richmond International Raceway, Gate 7, 4690 Caroline Ave.
Appointments will be required for the CTCs. Please watch for additional information from each local health department or district to include a link where an appointment can be made for each CTC.
CTC test results will be automatically sent via text or email message to individuals being tested, based on the information provided in the appointment system.
To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage.