COVID-19 Updates

Anyone who is eligible can register for a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster.

Updated January 10, 2023

Anyone who is eligible can register for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.

Adults aged 18 years and older

RAHC offers Moderna COVID-19 bivalent boosters to adults aged 18 years and older.

Please call or send a text message to (540) 464-8700 to schedule an appointment.

Click here to pre-register online for an adult COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointment.

Pediatrics 6 months – 17 years old

Rockbridge Area Health Center offers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and bivalent boosters for children ages six months – 17 years old.

Please call (540) 464-8700 and dial extension 7162 or 7183 to schedule an appointment for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine or booster.

COVID-19 Testing

Rockbridge Area Health Center is offering PCR tests to the community. Results are typically available within 2-3 business days.

COVID-19 testing appointments are available on Monday – Friday from 8am – 11:50am and 1pm – 3:50pm.*

To schedule an appointment, call or send a text message to (540) 464-8700 ext. 7201.

Click here to pre-register online for a COVID-19 test.

Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere


What is a Self-Test or At-Home Test?

Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.

  • They detect current infection and are sometimes also called “home tests,” “at-home tests,” or “over-the-counter (OTC) tests.”
  • They give your result in a few minutes and are different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result.
  • Self-tests along with vaccination, wearing a well-fitted mask, and physical distancing, help protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.
  • Self-tests do not detect antibodies which would suggest a previous infection and they do not measure your level of immunity.

When To Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test

Test Yourself If… Timing
You have any COVID-19 symptoms Immediately
You were exposed to someone with COVID-19

At least 5 days after your exposure

If you test negative for COVID-19, consider testing again 1 to 2 days after your first test

You are going to an indoor event or a gathering

Immediately before the gathering, or as close to the time of the event as possible

This is especially important before gathering with individuals at risk of severe disease, older adults, those who are immunocompromised, or people who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including children who cannot get vaccinated yet.

How to Get an At-Home COVID-19 Test

  • Pick up free COVID-19 test kits in-person at Rockbridge Area Health Center.
  • Order free tests at
  • Buy tests online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests. Visit FDA’s website for a list of authorized tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated September 12, 2022

Do I need an appointment to be tested for COVID-19?

Yes, anyone in the community may call or send a text message to (540) 464-8700 ext. 7201 to schedule an appointment.

How long will my results take, and can I get them in writing?

Results are typically available within 2-3 business days and can be obtained and printed through our Patient Portal.

If I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and want to be tested, will my insurance cover the testing?

In most cases COVID-19 testing due to exposure to COVID positive individuals is covered by insurance. The diagnosis code used in this scenario is Z80.822.

If I start having symptoms and want to be tested, will my insurance cover the testing?

In most cases COVID-19 testing due to having COVID-19 symptoms is covered by insurance. The diagnosis code used for this scenario is Z80.822.

If I need a test result for pre-surgical clearance or events such as travel related purposes, when should I get tested?

Currently, the PCR test results are available in 2-3 business days. RAHC is not open on the weekend. Test results performed on Thursday or Friday would not be available until the following week.

What type of COVID-19 testing do you do at RAHC?

We perform PCR testing as it has proven to be more accurate.

My employer is requiring negative test results in order for me to begin or return to work. Will this be covered by insurance?

COVID-19 testing required by some employers (considered screening) may not be covered by insurance. Please check with your insurance company. The diagnosis code used in this scenario is Z11.52.

What is the cost for COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients or if insurance does not cover the cost of testing?

The cost for COVID-19 testing not covered by insurance is $67. Financial assistance may be available for eligible patients, please refer to our sliding fee discount program.

What is the difference between an additional primary dose and a booster shot?

For people who are immunocompromised, the third primary dose is the final dose of the primary series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Boosters are shots that enhance or restore protection against COVID-19, which may have decreased over time.

If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection over time against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations.

Do I need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

Yes, please call or send a text message to (540) 464-8700 and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment. For non-patients, please register online and we will contact you to be scheduled.

For pediatric vaccine or booster appointments, call (540) 464-8700 extension 7162 or 7183.

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolate when you are sick or when you have a positive COVID-19 test, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

How long should I be in quarantine or isolation?

You should isolate and take precautions if you have, or suspect you have COVID-19.

Start counting days:
Day 0 is the day your symptoms started.
If you never had symptoms, day 0 is the day you took a COVID-19 test.

Isolate to day 6 or later, if you

  • never had symptoms or symptoms are improving, and
  • are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of feer-reducing medication.

Continue to isolate if your fever persists or other symptoms have not improved.

Isolate through day 10, if you experienced moderate illness, like shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

  • Isolate through day 10 and talk with a healthcare provider before you end isolation, if you
    were hospitalized, or
  • have a weakened immune system


Until at least day 11, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick.
Wear a high-quality mask when around others indoors.

Removing your mask

After ending isolation, wear your mask through day 10


Take 2 antigen tests, 48 hours apart. If both tests are negative, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.

Click here to view and download a one-page isolation reference guide for people who have or suspect they have COVID-19

    Visitor Guidelines

    In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Rockbridge Area Health Center has instituted visitor restrictions.

    If a patient is having an in-person visit, the following visitor guidelines have been put in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our patients and employees safe. If the patient is uncomfortable with an in-person visit, we encourage patients to consider telehealth visits whenever possible.

    • All visitors will be screened when entering the building
    • All visitors are required wear a mask at all times in the building. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. If visitors do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. Patients unwilling to wear a mask may have their appointment rescheduled. Masks with valves, bandanas and gaiters are not permitted.
    • Proceed directly to the patient room when called, and directly to the exit upon leaving.
    • Remain in patient rooms unless instructed by staff.
    • Practice social distancing and remain six feet from patients when possible.
    • For everyone’s safety, we strongly advise that no visitors accompany patients 18 years and older into the building, unless the patient has physical or cognitive impairments requiring assistance and help navigating the appointment. One designated visitor for pediatric patients (parent or legal guardian).
    • At the discretion of the physician, patients who arrive with children and have no other childcare options may keep their children with them during their stay. Appropriate PPE may be required.

    There may be exceptions to this guideline, for example:

    • Couples or family therapy
    • Someone requiring nitrous for dental who may want a visitor to accompany them
    • Newborn parents where Mom has weight restrictions, so Dad must bring in the carrier

    Patients can request an exception when scheduling their appointment.

    Thank you for your support and for helping us protect our patients and our staff!