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Inova asking suspected COVID-19 cases to test at home rather than the hospital

As Inova Alexandria Hospital deals with an upswing in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, the hospital is asking those who suspect they may have the disease to test at home or a community testing site rather than the hospital.

“If you suspect you might be infected with COVID-19, please do not visit the emergency room for a COVID-19 test,” the hospital said in an email. “Instead seek out a community testing site or a home test kit.”

The hospital has been prioritizing patients with medical conditions requiring emergency care and those with critical illnesses.

“We strongly discourage patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms from coming to the emergency room so we may preserve resources for those in our community with emergent medical needs,” the hospital said.

The hospital is operating a vehicle-side testing center from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at  2990 Telestar Court.

“Asymptomatic patients or individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 without symptoms will not be tested,” the hospital said. “Appointments are required, please call us for an appointment at 571-472-6843.”

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