Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Anyone who is elegible can register for a COVID-19 Vaccine.

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

RAHC offers the Moderna vaccine for people aged 18 years and older.

Rockbridge Area Health Center hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinics by appointment on Tuesdays.

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

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

COVID-19 Testing

Rockbridge Area Health Center is offering PCR tests to the general public. Results are typically available within 2-5 days.

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated January 11, 2022

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

Yes, if you are a registered patient of RAHC please call or send a text message to (540) 464-8700 and select option 1 and then option 1 to schedule an appointment. For non-patients, please register online and we will contact you to be scheduled.

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

Results are typically available within 2-3 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 travel or to attend an event, when should I get tested?

Currently, the PCR test results are available in 2-3 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 $140. A HRSA grant may cover the cost of testing for uninsured patients. 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?

An additional primary dose is administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. The additional primary dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their vaccine primary series.

A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine primary series to enhance or restore protection against COVID-19 which may have decreased over time.

Who should receive an additional primary dose?

Moderately to severely immunocompromised people ages 18 years and older who completed their Moderna vaccine primary series should plan to get an additional primary dose 28 days after receiving their second shot. For people ages 12 years and older who completed their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine primary series, they should also plan to get an additional primary dose 28 days after receiving their second shot. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary dose is appropriate for them.

Currently, CDC does not recommend an additional primary dose if you received a single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Who should receive a booster shot?

The CDC recommends everyone ages 18 and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot at least  5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Anyone age 18+ who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine should get a booster at least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

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?

Yes, if you are a registered patient of RAHC 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.

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!