Testing for Asymptomatic DC Residents Expanded

New Hotline Option Provided to Check COVID Test Results

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DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt (L) is pictured with Mayor Muriel Bowser at the April 27 Coronavirus Situational Update in this screenshot. Screenshot: DC Granicus

On April 28, the District expanded COVID-19 testing to include more asymptomatic individuals; the first such expansion was announced April 22.  Residents can now call the DC Testing Triage Call Center (855-363-0333) to schedule an appointment.

This week essential workers, such as government employees and grocery store workers with known exposure to COVID-19 were added to the list of those who can be tested, which already included asymptomatic health care workers, first responders and at-risk individuals with a history of exposure. Those experiencing symptoms already qualified.

The hotline was updated shortly after the Hill Rag published earlier story to include four options: for health care workers wanting to be tested (1), those with a doctor’s note requiring testing (2) those who are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 (3) and an option to check test results (4).

Testing is available at a total of 12 sites in the District, including two sites run by District government and accessible through the hotline. Image: coronavirus.dc.gov

Testing is available at a total of 12 sites in the District, including two sites run by District government and accessible through the hotline.

Despite outlining some testing supply issues, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Nesbitt said that the public sites had the capacity to test 300 people daily. That capacity has yet to be fully utilized. DC residents can also schedule tests at eight other locations in the District.

“It’s critically important that if you want to be tested, that you know that we have the capacity to test you,” Nesbitt said.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing criteria and locations by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov/testing