COVID-19 Testing

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

Testing Resources 

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:

Know When to Get Tested:

when to test depending on exposure

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.