Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at 8 DC Fire Stations

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Walk-up COVID-19 testing is now available at eight different District firehouses, Mayor Bowser said. Stations include Engine #8 in Ward 6 (1520 C St. NE) on Tuesday. Free testing is available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as per chart above, and no appointment is required.

“If you need a test, get a test,” Bowser said.

HSEMA Geldert said that most testing sites are open in the daytime, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing those who cannot make it to daytime sites to get tested.

Testing is administered by DC Fire Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and paramedics, who have received additional training on COVID-19 testing. Individuals should bring a valid, government-issued photo ID showing proof of residency in the District of Columbia. If an individual does not have a valid District of Columbia government-issued ID, they can bring any government issued ID with a bill, such as a document from a utility, cell phone, lease or bank statement that includes their current name and address.

Testing comes as large-scale demonstrations continue throughout the District. DC Health Director Dr. Laquandra Nesbitt said that the protests could affect transmission in the District, not only increasing positive cases but the potentially affecting decisions people are making about seeking health care.

chart showing free DC COVID-19 testing sites. Via: coronavirus.dc.gov

Free testing from DC Health is also available during the day at three different sites, including at Judiciary Square, Anacoistia (1310 Southern Ave SE) and UDC_CC Bertie Backus Campus (5171 South Dakota Ave. NE). Appointments are not required for walk-up testing at those sites, but are required for drive-up testing offered at the Anacostia and UDC sites.

For an appointment, call 1-855-363-0333. Learn more about COVID-19 testing in the District by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov/testing

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