UPDATE: This release has been updated to reflect that Curative will be using nasal swabs.
To expand access to COVID-19 testing options, Arlington County is launching no-cost, kiosk-based testing sites, in partnership with the private testing company Curative.
The two testing sites, located in the parking lots of Aurora Hills Community Center (735 18th St. S.) and Tucker Field at Barcroft Park (4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr.) will open on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, continuing the County’s efforts to limit community spread and provide more testing options in areas disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Both locations, operated by Curative, will be open seven days a week, 12-8 p.m.
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.