DC Opens COVID Testing Site Monday at UMC

Testing Limited to Priority Individuals

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A woman wears a mask as she waits outside a clinic, March 2020.

The District’s Testing Triage Call Center at United Medical Center is now open for priority groups.

The District of Columbia is offering free, appointment-required testing for DC residents who have been ordered by a doctor to have a test due to COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chills, runny nose).

Resources are limited so testing provided to those who meet criteria and have been ordered by a doctor to have a test.

They can’t just walk-up, though. A person meeting the testing criteria must pre-register by calling the Testing Triage Call Center at (855) 363-0333 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Call Center evaluation will include individuals answering pre-screening questions regarding their signs and symptoms.

Those qualified for testing include:

  • DC residents, with symptoms, who are 65-years and older
  • Healthcare providers or individuals, with symptoms, who work in a healthcare facility that is located in DC
  • First responders, with symptoms, who work for the District of Columba Government
  • DC residents, with symptoms, who have an underlying health condition(s), including but not limited to asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease

Starting April 6, the District will test (drive thru and walk-up) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The times of operation for drive thru and walk-up testing are:

  • Monday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The District tests first responders on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Testing will be done in the parking lot of United Medical Center (UMC) at 1310 Southern Ave. SE. Vehicles should enter via 13th Street, SE and be prepared to wait between 45-75 minutes (please plan accordingly, bathrooms will not be provided on-site). Starting Monday, April 6, individuals walking up should enter from Southern Avenue, SE.

The Testing Triage call line is 855-363-0333, and hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. For more information http://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing.Learn more about testing by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov/testing