DC Firehouses Offer Free COVID Testing Saturday

Screenshot, detail: Coronavirus.dc.gov/testing

On Saturday, June 12 the District is offering free COVID-19 testing at DC Fire Station Engine 8 (1520 C St. SE) and at Engine 10 (1342 Florida Ave. NE).

At the Mayor’s situational update June 10, DC Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chris Geldart said that beginning the week of Monday, June 15 testing will be offered at four DC Fire EMS stations each evening, with scheduling divided by city sector.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday testing will be offered in the Southeast and Southwest quadrants of the District, he said, and in the Northwest and Northeast quadrants on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Geldart said that schedule will be posted to coronavirus.dc.gov/testing this week. It was not available as of press time.

Eight fire stations administered tests over the past week. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that as of Wednesday, more than 500 DC residents had been tested at firehouses.

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. First responders and medical professionals working in the District can present their identification or badge.

The District encourages residents to seek testing if they are experiencing symptoms, have attended recent demonstrations, or were exposed to a known case of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chills and runny nose.

There are also five free public testing sites operated by the Distrct operating weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

via coronavirus.dc.gov

For more information on testing, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/testing