COVID-19 Testing Task Force

The Loudoun County COVID-19 Testing Task Force was organized to help facilitate the availability of more COVID-19 testing in the community. It provides information and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator who are closely monitoring the progress of the pandemic.

Purpose

The task force is addressing the following matters:

  • Identity the steps necessary to increase the number of COVID-19 tests performed in the county overall.
  • Identify the best diagnostic tests and the efforts necessary to have access to those tests, and all necessary testing materials, and safe specimen collection activities.
  • Identify future steps to conduct serology, or antibody, testing and provide advisement/recommendations.

Resources

The documents included at the links below have been provided by members of the Loudoun County COVID-19 Testing Task Force as informative resources to physicians and the public. The information does not represent a formal position of Loudoun County Government or the Virginia Department of Health.

Testing Guidance December 2020

There are currently several testing methods to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 and many people have wondered which tests are best and which tests they should seek. The following guidance can help you determine the type of test to request, depending on your specific situation. This is general guidance and your specific care should be discussed with your health care provider.  View more about the differences between the antigen (rapid) test and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Type of Test to Request 

  1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
    Testing can be done beginning day 1 through 5 of onset of symptoms with either an antigen (rapid) or PCR test. A negative antigen test should be repeated with a PCR test, as it could be a false negative reading.  If you test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you self-isolate and stay away from others until it is safe. Learn more about when it's safe to be around others (PDF).
  2. If you were exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual and are not experiencing symptoms (asymptomatic):
    Testing should be done by PCR test, not antigen, and is best performed on day 5-7 after exposure to a positive COVID-19 individual. If you were exposed, stay home and away from others, quarantine, for 14 days after your last contact. 
  3. If you are asymptomatic and were not exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual. You might require a test for travel, returning to college campus or  visiting a high-risk individual:
    Testing should be done by PCR test, not antigen. A positive antigen test should be repeated with a PCR test, as it could be a false positive reading.  You should carefully follow all public health precautions after being tested (PDF). 

Loudoun County Testing Locations

The following table lists local providers who administer the antigen (rapid) and/or PCR tests and who serve on the Loudoun Testing Task Force or have shared their information with Loudoun County.  If you are a testing provider and would like the details of your testing program to be included here, please email us.

Provider Name Type of Test Administered Must see provider first if symptomatic?  Must see provider first if asymptomatic & exposed? Must see provider first if
asymptomatic & not exposed? 
Appointment Required? Testing Hours Cost without insurance
Healthworks for Northern Virginia Antigen (rapid)
PCR
No No Not testing asymptomatic and not exposed Yes, available within 24 hours  Monday - Friday
8:15am-4:30pm
No cost
Loudoun Medical Group* PCR Yes, provider's order or telehealth visit required Yes, preferably 5-7 days after exposure. Provider's order or telehealth visit required Not testing asymptomatic and not exposed Yes Monday - Friday
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; Saturdays
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
No cost
Inova: Ashburn Healthplex Antigen (rapid) (coming in January 2021);
PCR
Yes, provider's order or telehealth visit required Yes, preferably 5-7 days after exposure. Provider's order or telehealth visit required Yes, provider's order or telehealth visit required. Only for procedures, travel and return to school.  Yes Monday - Sunday
8am - 8pm
No cost 
Inova: Dulles South Urgent Care Antigen (rapid) (coming in January 2021);
PCR
Provider seen at time of test Provider seen at time of test Provider seen at time of test No Monday - Sunday
8am - 8pm
No cost
MetroMed PCR No No No No Monday - Friday
8am - 3pm (weather permitting)
Varies. If not covered, cost is $145
HCA/Care Now Antigen (rapid)
PCR
Yes, clinic or telehealth visit required. Yes, clinic or telehealth visit required Yes, clinic or telehealth visit required No, web check-in at CareNow.com Monday - Friday 8 am-9 pm; Saturday -Sunday 8 am-5 pm  Varies
PatientFirst Antigen (rapid)
PCR
Center visit with provider required. No No Asymptomatic: Yes;
Symptomatic: No

Check website to verify days/times.
Asymptomatic testing: hours are limited.
Antigen testing: patients must meet criteria. Test available during regular hours, based on availability.

No cost
Alexandria City
Dept. of Health & Curative Kiosks - Multiple Locations
PCR
Oral swabs
Offering 24-hour results

n/a n/a n/a Walk-up available
Appointment encouraged. Visit www.curative.com
Times Vary Free
ResourcePath

Antigen (rapid)
PCR

No No No Yes, readily available. Monday - Saturday
8:30am-12:00pm; after hours service available

No cost if symptomatic/ exposed; fee for travel testing

*LMG is providing community testing at the Cornwall Street drive thru location in the parking lot adjacent to 224 Cornwall Street, NW in Leesburg off of Memorial Drive. Testing will be conducted by appointment only for current LMG patients with an order from an LMG provider, First Responders, Pre-Operative patients for Loudoun Ambulatory Service Center, and Inova Loudoun Hospital Staff. Make an appointment by calling 571-707-2070. Testing hours are limited to 9 am-3 pm, Monday through Friday.

Please note that the listing of providers does not imply an endorsement of that business by Loudoun County or the Virginia Department of Health.

Find Additional COVID-19 Testing Locations

  • Visit the Virginia Department of Health's website to find COVID-19 testing locations in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia, including one-day testing events. Enter your locality in the search field to find locations near you. 
  • Loudoun County free COVID-19 events can be found at loudoun.gov/COVID19testing.
  • If you have questions about testing or need help finding testing, call the Health Department information line at 703-737-8300, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Testing Task Force Recommendations

  1. Recommendation Sept. 2020
  2. Recommendation August 2020
  3. Update on Testing July 2020
  4. Recommendation May 2020

Asymptomatic testing

The Loudoun County Task Force is aware of the confusion regarding the best use and timing of COVID 19 testing if you DO NOT have any symptoms.

The recent statement by the CDC on this topic was interpreted in different ways by physicians, non-physicians, politicians, etc.

Here is a summary of your local trusted Infectious disease experts, healthcare practitioners, Virginia Department of Health and Government officials:

  • The CDC states “If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with someone known to have a COVID-19 infection you do not need a test.” There continues to be a nationwide shortage of testing material. Results from PCR testing can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days. In light of this, we agree that mass testing of asymptomatic persons who have no known contact and are not in a high risk group is generally not necessary. This does not apply to routine screening or surveillance testing at work, school, or similar situations.

That said, a known contact of a person with COVID 19, as determined by the Virginia Department of Health, should be tested, if supplies are available, on day 5-7 after exposure. A negative test does not provide absolute assurance that you may end quarantine. We recommend continued avoidance of all high risk individuals for 14 days after your last known contact with the positive case.

Membership

The task force consists of community health partners, including:
  • Dr. John Farrell, Loudoun Health Council - Chairman
  • Charles Yudd, Deputy County Administrator - Co-chair
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) - Matthew Mathias
  • Inova - Stacey A. Metcalfe and Dr. Jill McCabe
  • Loudoun Medical Group - Dr. Kevin O'Connor
  • Healthworks - Carol Jameson
  • Urgent care facilities - Dr. Roshelle Beckwith and Michelle Fitz (MetroMed) and Dr. John Strazzullo (Patient First)
  • Loudoun Free Clinic - Maribeth Goldin
  • Dr. Henry Rhee
  • Dr. Rebecca Levorson
  • Loudoun County Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend