How To Get Same-Day Covid Testing in DC For Businesses And Events

Business owners and event planners in Washington, DC are eager to resume operations at full capacity starting June 11, 2021. But reopening also comes with great responsibility to keep everyone safe from Covid-19. Keep reading to learn how on-site same day Covid testing in DC can help your business or event run smoothly and safely.

How testing on-site can help

Testing unvaccinated employees and/or event attendees for Covid-19 before allowing them to enter the workspace allows you to turn away anyone infected and prevent the virus from spreading. Until community immunity is reached (and potentially beyond), people who can’t fully benefit from vaccines (ie, those who have received organ transplants) aren’t safe from Covid-19.

Encouraging those people and their loved ones to venture out requires demonstrating practices that put safety first – like testing prior to entry.

What are your testing options?

  • RT-PCR tests are the most common test used at public testing sites and by healthcare providers; they are also the most accurate. Its high accuracy comes at the price of a 48-72 hour lab processing in order to get results. Obviously, this test is not suitable for regular employee or attendee screenings.
  • Rapid antigen tests are less accurate, with a 1 in 5 false negative ratio. However, the ability to produce results in 10-15 minutes without lab processing makes this test a powerful tool for large-group health screenings.
  • Rapid Accula PCR tests are available from select providers for those who need the best of both worlds. Accula tests offer the accuracy of the RT-PCR in 30 minutes. Although slightly longer than an antigen test, the Accula is still fast enough to be used for mass-screening purposes.

How can I get same day Covid testing for my Washington DC event or business?

The first rapid antigen DIY test kits were authorized by the FDA in December 2020. Although the first shipments have already hit the US, the kits will not be plentiful on retail shelves until later this year, at which point they are expected to cost approximately $30 per test. Until that point, the tests that do hit shelves are likely to be much more expensive.

Event planners and employers may also find the new sea of regulations surrounding testing employees and vendors overwhelming as well. The law requires that confidentiality be of utmost importance, which can be challenging to achieve for a small business without a well-equipped HR department. There are also various forms and disclosures that must be done properly.

If you don’t feel ready to take on the task of learning these things yourself, you may want to consider a mobile testing service like Drip Hydration.


Drip Hydration Can Help You Prevent The Spread At Your Event or Workspace

Drip Hydration is proud to work with employers and events large and small to help stop the spread of Covid-19. You can book our Registered Nurses to visit your work or event space to administer same day Covid testing in DC. We provide rapid tests to employees, vendors, and/or guests.

We are also happy to consult with both businesses and event planners to advise on best practices to prevent virus transmission, in addition to offering guidance on the required employee disclosures and forms that the law requires. We offer progressive group discounts, as well as ongoing contract incentives.

We’re ready and waiting to answer your questions – reach out today by giving us a call or clicking the button below!