Free COVID-19 testing

3/4/2021, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:

Thursday, March 4, 1 to 3 p.m. Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Ave. in the Near West End.

Thursday, March 11, 9 to 11 a.m., Regency Square rear parking deck, 1420 N. Parham Road, in Western Henrico County. Drive-thru testing.

Appointments are encouraged by calling the Richmond and Henrico COVID-19 Hotline at (804) 205-3501 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by registering online at https://bit.ly/RHHDCOVID.

Testing will be offered while test supplies last.

Want a COVID-19 vaccine?

Contact the new statewide COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration System at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA.

The call center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to help people pre-register by phone or to answer questions about the vaccine. The call center has English- and Spanish-speaking agents and a call-back service to help people in more than 100 other languages.

Additionally, TTY service is available to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

State officials reported Wednesday that 15.8 percent of Virginia’s population has been inoculated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. More than 2 million doses had been administered as of Wednesday, with 716,660 people fully vaccinated with the required two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

A third vaccine by Johnson & Johnson has been approved by federal authorities for use, with 4 million doses going out this week across the nation.

Officials said 69,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will arrive in Virginia this week, with more to be delivered to pharmacies for administration under a federal partnership.

Locally, officials said 5,000 doses will be arriving for administration by the Richmond and Henrico County health districts, which will hold mass vaccination events beginning Saturday, March 6, targeting about 12,000 seniors.

Officials said the Pfizer vaccine will be given out at the event on Saturday, March 6, and Monday, March 8, while the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available at the event on Wednesday, March 10.

They urged seniors to pre-register using the state’s website or phone number listed above.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 580,108 cases of COVID-19 statewide on Wednesday, along with 24,354 hospitalizations and 9,326 deaths. Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate continues to drop, and is now at 6.6 percent statewide. Last week, it was 8 percent.

According to state data, African-Americans comprised 21.8 percent of cases statewide and 24.1 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 17 percent of the cases and 6.8 percent of deaths.