Arlington County is opening a no-cost, no-appointment, COVID-19 testing kiosk in the parking lot at Courthouse Plaza in partnership with Curative, which operates two additional sites in the County.
The kiosk will be open seven days a week from 12-8 p.m., starting Tuesday, April 13.
“Bringing no-cost, walk-up COVID-19 testing to the Court House area is the latest step to remove barriers to testing for all Arlingtonians. This site means daily access to testing in an especially dense, walkable part of the County where many people live and work”, said Dr. Aaron Miller, Director of the Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management.
Nasal swab tests are offered at no cost and do not require a doctor referral or government identification, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Participants will be asked for insurance information, if available, so insurance providers can be billed, but no co-pay from participants will be required. Walk-up testing is available, although residents are encouraged to make an appointment on the Curative website (appointment windows open 72 hours in advance). Kiosk service is available in English and Spanish.
Curative, which operates more than 8,000 testing sites across the country, uses a test that is self-administered under the supervision of a Curative worker in a kiosk. The swab is then placed inside a biohazard bag and returned to the Curative worker. To ensure greater accuracy in the testing, Arlington County specified in its contract with Curative that only nasal swab tests would be used, rather than Curative’s oral test. Swabs from the Arlington kiosks will be delivered each night to a lab in Washington, D.C. Test results will be sent electronically to patients within 48 to 72 hours.
To reduce the risk of false negative results, it is important to perform the test in accordance with its FDA authorization, outlined here.
Visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing for more information on additional testing options.