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DC Area Ready FAQ

This page is meant to answer questions and provide resources specific to faculty, staff, and students in the D.C. metro area. Responses may change as new information is available from the university.

Dashboard: D.C. Area COVID-19 Testing

The information within this dashboard is updated on the Monday following each round of surveillance testing clinics, which occurs every weeks, and uses data that captures to the extent possible the status of COVID-19 in the population of Virginia Tech employees, students, and contractors, working onsite in the D.C. metro area in accordance with the university's Fall 2021 plan for mandatory testing of those who are neither vaccinated nor exempt. These results do not include tests or positive results that have been self-reported.

Clinic Dates Total Tests Total Positive Tests
Aug 25-26 280
Sep 1-2 280
Sep 8-9 220
Sep 15-16 230
Sep 22-23 200
Sep 29-30 190
Oct 6-7 160
Cumulative 1620

*Due to inclement weather, the Feb. 18 clinic was rescheduled to the following week.

In spring 2021, testing occured every two weeks. Testing included the population of Virginia Tech employees, students, and contractors, working onsite in the D.C. metro area, as well as non-Virginia Tech occupants of the Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington. 

Clinic Dates Total Tests Total Positive Tests
Jan. 21-23 890
Feb. 2-4 580
Feb. 16-18* 640
March 2-4 430
March 16-18 510
Mar. 30-Apr. 1 390
April 13-15 270
April 27-29 160
Cumulative 3970
Clinic Dates Total Tests Total Positive Tests
Dec. 1-3 660
Nov. 17-19 730
Nov. 3-5 680
Oct. 20-22 700
Cumulative 2770

While we strive for accuracy, we cannot guarantee this information is complete. While our goal is to be as transparent as practical, Virginia Tech is committed to maintaining the privacy of individuals who are affected by COVID-19 and therefore will not be providing any additional information concerning those who are affected.

Is testing available to students, faculty, and staff in the D.C. metro area?

Yes, surveillance testing in the D.C. metro area is ongoing. Virginia Tech is conducting mandatory testing of students and employees who have received a COVID-19 vaccination exemption, across the university.

Off-campus students who are at-risk – those who believe or know they have been exposed to the virus, traveled to the D.C. metro area from another hot spot, or have symptoms or other indications of exposure – should contact Schiffert Health Center or their primary care physician to determine whether they should be tested. All students who are tested are expected to self-quarantine until results are returned. Any student who is unsure whether they should be tested is encouraged to contact Schiffert to determine if a test is warranted. Students should inform the Dean of Students Office if Schiffert, their primary care physician, or the Virginia Department of Health indicates they should be tested for COVID-19.

Employees should also report to Human Resources and/or Environmental Health and Safety if their health care provider or the Virginia Department of Health indicates they should be tested for COVID-19. 

Testing FAQs

What if I don't work in the building on the day of the testing?

If you received a COVID-19 vaccination exemption, testing is mandatory so please choose the location that is most convenient to your work arrangement.

Is there a charge for the test?

No, there is no charge for the test.

Can I change my appointment?

Yes, you can make changes to your appointment up to 12 hours before your scheduled time using the links in the confirmation email.

How will I be contacted about my test results?

You should expect a call about 2-3 business days later. Please expect this call. Note that the call may come from an unlisted or private phone number within the testing company with the caller ID blocked.

If you are tested at the Wednesday or Thursday clinics, you should receive a phone call with your results the following Monday. If you believe you have not received a call, or missed the call, please contact Chris Bolling at 540-231-7659 with your name and date of testing.


What protocol should faculty/staff/students follow before going to a building?

Please also continue to work with your departments and supervisors, and stay up to date through the ready.vt.edu site, VTx for news and campus notices, and the Virginia Tech Daily Email.


Are Virginia Tech buildings in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area open to the public?

Virginia Tech locations in the D.C. metro area are open and are conducting normal operations.


Is the Executive Briefing Center at VTRC-Arlington open?

The Executive Briefing Center is open and able to support both internal and external meetings. In accordance with CDC guidance and VT requirements, all meeting attendees must wear masks while inside the Executive Briefing Center regardless of vaccination status. Please email llacour@vt.edu to request a reservation.


Is IT help available in the greater Washington, D.C., area?

Yes. If you have any questions or need assistance, please continue to contact us via nvccomputerhelp@vt.edu for the NVC and computerhelp@vt.edu for Arlington and Alexandria.


How will live events proceed?

Events will be conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines and Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech requirements. 


Is the library accessible?

The NVC Library in Falls Church is open to faculty and students. Spring semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m, Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Students can reserve a study table or room through the online reservation system.

We are making Hokie Passports, the official university ID card, by appointment Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Appointments at other times may be available by contacting us. Email (nvclibrary@vt.edu) or call (703-538-8340) for assistance with your research and library questions.


Is the Campus Connect shuttle running?

Please refer to the Campus Shuttle web page for updated information. 


I need to get around the area, where do I find area status information?

University community members in the D.C. area should also stay informed of the actions taken by their local public health authorities.

Information from local governments
Washington, D.C.: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
Arlington County: https://health.arlingtonva.us/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/
City of Alexandria: https://www.alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus
Fairfax County: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/
City of Falls Church: https://www.fallschurchva.gov/
Loudoun County: https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus
Prince William County: https://www.pwcgov.org/

NoVA Bus and Rail Transit: https://www.novatransit.org/systems/

Many of you may require the use of public transit for basic needs. Keep in mind that local transit systems may run on alternate schedules. Refer to the NoVA Bus and Rail Transit website for up to date information on your respective transit system.