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Appointment-Only COVID-19 Sample Collection Site

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) has partnered with the Arlington County Public Health Department, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Environmental Services to open a temporary drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site at 1429 N. Quincy Street.

This site is for sample collection from symptomatic patients (fevers, chills, cough, or shortness of breath) who have received a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. This is not meant for asymptomatic patients, even those who have had a close contact with a known COVID-19 patient.

Requirements for visiting the COVID-19 Sample Collection Site:

    • Patients must be 18 years and older, Arlington residents, Arlington County Government employees and Arlington Public Schools employees, and patients of VHC Medical Staff.
    • Patients must have a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703.558.2448.
    • Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site. Once they have received a physician’s order, patients should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703.558.5766 between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
    • Individuals arriving at the drive-through site will be asked to remain in their cars.

The sample collection center will remain open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Individuals who visit the collection site are encouraged to follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-quarantine while they await their results. Test results will be available to the patient within five to seven business days.

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