Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

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

Rockbridge Area Health Center hosts weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Tuesdays from 9am – 3:30pm.
RAHC offers the Moderna vaccine for people aged 18 years and older.

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated October 6, 2021

  1. 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.
  2. What type of COVID-19 testing do you do at RAHC?
    We perform PCR testing as it has proven to be more accurate.
  3. 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.
  4. If I am fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 what do I need to do?
    Fully vaccinated patients who are not symptomatic can be tested five days after exposure and should wear a mask until they receive a negative test result.  Patients not tested should continue to wear a mask for 14 days.  Vaccinated patients who become symptomatic should isolate for ten days.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. When can I get the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
    Patients who are severely immunocompromised (list below) and have had 2 Moderna shots, with the last one being at least 28 days ago, we can provide the third dose. We schedule registered patients on Tuesdays for vaccinations. CDC defines immunocompromised as 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
  11. 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 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.

We have updated our 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 or are unwilling to wear a mask, their appointment may be 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!

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