Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I’m hoping to crowdsource better options for rapid COVID testing or 24-hour turnaround tests. My partner is a front-line worker, and as a result, I have gotten tested many times over the past seven months. The hospital does not provide easy testing options for their employees or spouses, so each time I need to get a test, I find myself in the same Google search spiral, only to wind up with the same options.

I’ve gotten tests at the DC firehouses, CVS, and Walgreens, as well as through Pixel by LabCorp and Let’s Get Checked. While I think all of these options have timing down to an average of 3-4 days, it remains incredibly difficult to find options for rapid tests or reliably faster turnarounds.

My family in North Carolina seem to have an abundance of easily accessible testing options in their city that are free, do not require appointments or waiting in long lines, and still return results within 24 hours. There are also options for no-appointment, rapid-result testing with 15-minute turnaround times for $65-$99.

Has anyone had more success finding good options in the DC area?”

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