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How It Works: Scheduling a COVID-19 testing appointment for pre-procedural and surgical patients

Once your provider approves your COVID-19 test:

  1. Inova MyChart is required to schedule a COVID-19 test.
    • If you do not have an Inova MyChart account, create your account now.
    • If you are an Existing Inova MyChart patient, login to MyChart to schedule your appointment.
      • For pre-surgical/procedural testing, you must complete your test within 72 – 96 hours before your surgery or procedure.
  2. On the MyChart welcome page, click the "visit" calendar icon at the top of the page. Next, click the "schedule an appointment" button in order to choose a specific reason for scheduling an appointment.
  3. Select Inova COVID Test Screening
  4. Fill out the required questions to schedule your testing appointment at one of our COVID-19 testing locations.
    • You must include the name and number of the provider who requested your test.

If your provider has not already scheduled your appointment on your behalf, you may schedule an appointment yourself.

Test results are generally returned to your provider within 3-5 days.

Test Results

After 3-5 days have passed, there are multiple ways in which you can be informed about the results of your COVID-19 test results. Please ensure we have your most up to date contact information on file before you leave your appointment.  

  1. MyChart – you may be notified of results through your MyChart account.
  2. You may receive a call from the physician who ordered the test with your results. You may also receive a call from Inova.

COVID-19 Testing Locations: Pre-procedural and pre-surgical testing only

  • Inova Laboratories – Alexandria
  • Inova Laboratories – Merrifield
  • Inova Laboratories – Reston

Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing and can be scheduled by patients through Inova's MyChart Patient Portal

Patients may also go to their primary care provider or local pharmacy for testing.