We encourage all patients and community members to order free at-home COVID-19 test kits to have on-hand should you develop symptoms.
You can also find local COVID-19 testing locations on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services websites.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please review the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, stay vigilant and continue to practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, wear masks, wash your hands, and avoid others if there is a possibility you have been exposed.
The COVID-19 Assessment Tool located on the right side of the page can help patients decide if and how they should seek medical attention for COVID-19. The assessment tool is not a substitute for medical advice; patients should consult their health care provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
COVID-19 testing is available for individuals who display symptoms at our Sentara physician offices and Sentara Emergency Rooms. The Sentara physician offices and Sentara Emergency Rooms are only testing for COVID-19 following a medical professional's evaluation of your symptoms. If you do not have a primary care provider or cannot reach your care team click here to view our virtual care options.
Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department if you are having a medical emergency. Notify the 911 operator if you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask or cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
Pre-surgery COVID-19 Testing
In accordance with CDC guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated, Sentara Healthcare has updated our policy for pre-surgery and pre-procedure COVID-19 testing.
- COVID testing is no longer required on patients prior to a surgery, procedure or delivery if the patient can demonstrate they are fully vaccinated.
- Patients are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).
- A copy of the patient’s vaccine card should be included in the materials forwarded to the PASS (Pre-Anesthesia Surgical Screening) office where appropriate.
- For areas where it is not forwarded through the PASS office the patient should show their vaccine card.
- If documentation is not available, testing will be required.
- Continued testing may be recommended based on clinical expertise by the physician.