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MAP: Where to Get a Covid-19 Test around DC (If Your Doctor Tells You to Get One)

Currently, you still need a referral to get a test.

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As the coronavirus pandemic begins to spread through Washington, the area has ramped up its testing abilities. Two walk-up/drive-thru testing centers have opened, and more are on the way. Currently, you still need a doctor’s referral to get a Covid-19 test, so for now don’t just show up unannounced at these places. If you’re experiencing a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of smell, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Children’s National Health System

Address: 125 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20017

Status: Open

The walk-up/drive-thru center offers testing for children and young adults up to 22 years old. A referral from a community pediatrician or primary care doctor is required.

Kaiser Permanente

Address: 700 2nd St., NE, Washington, DC 20002

Status: Open

Kaiser Permanente has a walk-up/drive-thru testing center near their Capitol Hill Medical Center. A referral from a Kaiser Permanente doctor is required.

George Washington University Hospital

Address: 900 23rd St., NW, Washington, DC 20037

Status: Opening soon

The hospital will be launching a drive-thru testing center in the coming weeks, operating from 10 AM to 4 PM. Another center is being planned for the East End.

United Medical Center

Address: 1310 Southern Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20032

Status: Opening soon

A drive-thru center will be launched in the coming weeks.

MedStar Capitol Hill

Address: 660 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003

Status: Open

Any DC resident can access MedStar’s e-visit platform to see if they should be referred by a doctor for a test. Those who are can visit MedStar’s Capitol Hill or Adams Morgan locations for testing.

MedStar Adams Morgan

Address: 1805 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Status: Open

See previous entry.

Chesapeake ERgent Care

Address: 1071 MD-3 #101, Gambrills, MD 21054

Status: Open

Patients can stay in their car and be tested for strep, flu, and Coronavirus only if they have respiratory symptoms.

Queen Anne’s County Health Department

Address: 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Status: Open

Patients must be referred by their physician for testing.

PM Pediatrics

Address: 11056 Lee Highway, Kamp Washington Shopping Center, Fairfax, VA 22030

Status: Open

Patients must be specifically referred to PMs Fairfax location.

Virginia Hospital Center

Address: 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA

Status: Open

Patients must have a referral from their primary care physician and make an appointment before coming.

Frederick Health Hospital

Address: 400 W 7th St, Frederick, MD 21701

Status: Open

Patients must have a physician’s referral. The drive-thru is open 24/7.

AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care

Address: 1710 Rhode Island Ave, Washington, DC, 20036

Status: Open

All Care also has testing locations in Alexandria and Ellicott City. Patients must first go through a telemedicine screening, then be referred for testing.

INOVA Health System

Address: 4600 Lee Hwy. Arlington, VA 22207

Status: Open

INOVA also has testing locations in Tysons and Dulles South. Patients must have a referral from their physician.

Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.