COVID-19 Testing & Self-care

Find COVID-19 Testing

Mail Order Testing Kits

  • Order Free COVID-19 Tests Online: Visit covidtests.gov, where each household may order free at-home COVID-19 tests delivered through the U.S. Postal Service. 

Community Testing Providers

  • 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. 

Regional Testing Centers

  • The Virginia Department of Health has established regional community testing centers in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. Both centers operate by appointment only

About COVID-19 Testing

  1. Types of COVID-19 Tests
  2. Who Should Get Tested?

PCR and Antigen (rapid) Tests

Antibody Testing

At-Home Tests

Will the Health Department contact me if I get a positive COVID-19 test? 

  • You may receive a text from the Loudoun County Health Department letting you know your test results are available. If you would like a follow-up call from the Loudoun County Health Department you can request it using a link in the text you receive.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 as a result of a county-sponsored event or other testing event where results are sent to a lab, you may also receive a text message from the Virginia Department of health providing you links to guidance on isolation, quarantine, and how to notify your close contacts.
  • Read more about what to do if you tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19.  

Slow the Spread of COVID-19

It is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if you become sick or think you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. 

Symptoms

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

  • Symptoms can include fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, trouble breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. 
  • According to the CDC, illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.
  • Persons can be infected with COVID-19 and pose a risk to others without noticing any symptoms.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Seek care early.

Self-care Tools

What to Do if You are Sick

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, follow these instructions to self-monitor illness and to inform close contacts when becoming ill.

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor or an urgent care center to discuss.
  • Stay home.  Avoid contact with others, do not share personal items, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible.
  • Monitor your health. Call 911 if you develop trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when around other people.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces every day. 
  • Inform close contacts. 
  • Learn more from the Virginia Department of Health

What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

Follow the CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine, which vary based on vaccination status.

  1. Receive COVID-19 updates from Loudoun County

    Contact us with Questions

    • Email the Loudoun County Health Department 
    • Call the Health Department's COVID-19 information line:  703-737-8300
      • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except county holidays)
    • Call the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline: 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 
      • Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.