DC Offering Free At-Home COVID Testing Kits

(WASHINGTON, DC (April 19, 2021) – D.C. Mayor Bowser and DC Health, led by Dr. LaQuandra  announced today the launch of Test Yourself DC, a program offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits at locations around the District. The program offers the option to either take a COVID-19 test onsite at one of the 16 locations or to drop off their test sample at the closest DC Library drop box at no cost.

Approximately 8,000 Test Yourself DC kits will be available every week, and each site will be limited to 100-200 test kits per day. Individuals interested in participating can find a location at testyourself.dc.gov.

Between April 19-30, testing kits locations will be open for pickups Monday to Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Starting the week of May 3, the locations will be open for pickups Monday to Saturday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Testing kits can be dropped off the locations no later than 8:00 pm seven days a week.

Site Address Ward
Mt. Pleasant Library 3160 16th Street NW, 20010 Ward 1
Georgetown Library 3260 R Street NE, 20007 Ward 2
MLK Central Library 901 G Street NW, 20001 Ward 2
West End Library 2301 L Street NW, 20037 Ward 2
Chevy Chase Library 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW, 20015 Ward 3
Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, 20008 Ward 3
Tenley-Friendship Library 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 20016 Ward 3
Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Avenue NW, 20011 Ward 4
Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library 7420 Georgia Avenue NW, 20012 Ward 4
Woodridge Library 1801 Hamlin Street NE, 20018 Ward 5
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library 1630 7th Street NW Ward 6
Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library 3935 Benning Road NE, 20032 Ward 7
Capitol View Library 5001 Central Avenue SE, 20019 Ward 7
Francis A. Gregory Library 3660 Alabama Avenue SE, 20020 Ward 7
Anacostia Library 1800 Good Hope Road SE, 20020 Ward 8
Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library 115 Atlantic Street SW, 20032 Ward 8

As the District continues vaccine distribution, the rate of COVID-19 testing has plateaued from more than 3,000 tests per day during the peak of the pandemic to under 1,500. Test Yourself DC enables individuals to take a COVID-19 test from the comfort of their home without having to wait in line at a testing site.

If test samples are not delivered to drop off locations by 8:00 pm of the same day of collection and registration, individuals will be notified that their sample cannot be processed and must be re-collected. Test samples submitted via the Test Yourself DC kit will be sent to one of the District’s laboratory partners, and will take 3-5 days for results to be delivered.

The Test Yourself DC kits can be used on individuals ages 3 and up. DC Health recommends parents or guardians assist children 17 and younger.

For more information about Test Yourself DC, please visit testyourself.dc.gov and for other ways to get tested, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/testing.