The closure of kiosks aligns with a significant decline in kiosk testing demand across the County (an 80% decline since Nov. 2021) and the widespread availability of at-home and pharmacy-based tests.
Arlington Mill Community Center’s Curative kiosk (909 S. Dinwiddie St.) will remain open through Dec. 31, 2022, to offer no-cost testing to nearby residents who may otherwise have reduced access to testing services. More than 1-in-3 visitors to Arlington Mill are uninsured, and 55% of visitors live in zip codes 22204 and 22206, areas disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
The Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management will also purchase and distribute rapid COVID-19 test kits to uninsured and under-insured residents through local non-profit organizations. Distribution is anticipated to begin just before Thanksgiving. It will continue through December to provide access to testing during potential holiday gatherings, where the risk of virus transmission may be elevated
Closing Vaccine Clinic
The Arlington County Public Health Division’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, originally opened nearly two years ago, will permanently close in December 2022.
Demand has significantly decreased at the County’s clinic, with COVID-19 vaccines now available in the community through pharmacies, urgent care centers, and medical providers. As such, the final day of operations for the clinic at Sequoia Plaza (2100 Washington Blvd.) will be Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
Until that time, appointments and walk-ins are available for primary series and eligible boosters for everyone ages 6 months and older. Now is the best time to get up to date on COVID-19 vaccination for increased protection from severe illness, before spending more time indoors and in crowds during the holiday season.
"What started as a small team in Dec. 2020 quickly grew into hundreds of staff and volunteers, operating six clinics and dozens of special events, allowing us to administer more than 215,000 doses of the vaccine," said Dr. Reuben Varghese, Public Health Director.