How to get a free COVID-19 test in the Richmond area

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 17:56:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- As businesses reopen and positive COVID-19 test numbers increase, the Virginia Department of Health is urging residents to get tested for COVID-19.

Even outdoors, COVID-19 can transmit from person to person through large gatherings, and just a handful of contagious people can potentially infect hundreds around them.

The following list contains testing sites and free testing opportunities throughout the area, including places to get free tests if you are uninsured.

Scroll down to view the complete list and see important details like registration requirements, times, addresses, and contact information.

Free Community Testing in Richmond and Henrico:


Tuesday, July 21 - Hotchkiss Field Community Center (Richmond)
Time: 9AM-11AM
Address: 4701 E Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond, VA 23222
* Rain or shine

Thursday, July 23 - Randolph Community Center (Richmond)
Time: 4PM-6PM
Address: 1415 Grayland Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
*Rain or shine

Saturday, July 25 - Fairfield Middle School (East Henrico)
Time: 9AM-11AM
Address: 5121 Nine Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223
* Rain or shine

Testing sites for insured/uninsured in Central Virginia (scroll down for full list and details):

Daily Planet Health Services - Richmond
● Accepts uninsured and Medicaid

Health Brigade - Richmond
● Free testing for uninsured and spanish-speaking communities

CVS Minute Clinic - Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield
● No cost for those that qualify
● Accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and covers uninsured

AFC Urgent Care - Richmond/Henrico, Midlothian/Chesterfield
● Accepts most major private insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare
● Does not accept Cigna Connect
● AFC will charge a co-pay at the visit
● For self-pay cost is $180 for in person and $75 for televist

Better Med Urgent Care - Regency Square, Short Pump, Chester, Ashland
● Accepts most major private insurances and Medicare
● Will charge a co-pay at visit
● For self-pay, cost is about $300 for exam and lab testing
● Call 804-639-7555 for more info on insurance and billing

Patient First Urgent Care - Henrico, Richmond, Midlothian
● Accepts most private insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid
● No out of pocket cost for insured patients
● For self-pay, cost is about $145 for exam and lab testing

COVID-19 Public Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 tests

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.