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D.C. Area COVID Ready FAQs

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.


What happens if I receive a positive COVID-19 test result?

For students and employees in the D.C. area, please report positive test results to your direct supervisor and email results details to reportacase@vt.edu.

For additional information about what to do, including for close contacts, visit the university's positive case information page.


Is university administered 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 no longer conducting mandatory testing of employees, however the vaccination, booster, and testing program for students remains in place for 2022 spring semester.

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 follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine. 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.

Testing FAQs

What if I don't work in the building on the day I scheduled to pick-up a test?

Please choose the location and date 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?

If positive, you should expect a call from the test vendor about 2-3 business days after your test was mailed. 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 mailed your test on Monday or Tuesday, per the test-kit instructions, you should receive your results by the end of the week. If you believe you have not received a call or email, please contact Chris Bolling at 540-231-7659.

Dashboard: D.C. Area COVID-19 Testing

The D.C. area will no longer maintain a separate COVID-19 dashbaord. Please refer to the university's Ready website for the updated data.


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

Do not enter a Virginia Tech building in the D.C. area if you area experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 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://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Programs/Health/COVID-19
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.