COVID-19 Update

Read about how Arlington Free Clinic is continuing to serve the community during the COVID-19 crisis here.

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Arlington Free Clinic is NOT offering COVID-19 testing at this time. If you are a current Arlington Free Clinic patient and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please DO NOT come in – call first. If you are not a patient of Arlington Free Clinic, please contact your healthcare provider if you have mild symptoms or 911 if it’s an emergency. For any general COVID-19 questions, you can contact the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 1-877-ASK-VDH3.

The health of our patients, volunteers, staff, and visitors is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 virus and are staying vigilant with our preparedness protocol to ensure that Arlington Free Clinic continues to care for our community.

We are working closely with Arlington County’s Public Health Division and with Virginia Hospital Center to support community-wide efforts to manage the effects of COVID-19.

Accurate information is incredibly valuable during this time. Here is information on the steps we are taking to protect anyone in the Clinic from potential exposure to the virus.

If you are an Arlington Free Clinic patient and have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, please call (703) 979-1400 instead of coming into the clinic. Please leave a message and someone will be back to you as soon as possible.

What We’re Doing to Prevent Exposure

Our staff leadership team, in coordination with our Medical Director, Dr. Joan Bowes Ritter, are monitoring the spread and management of COVID-19 and are communicating with County public health leadership. At this time, we have adopted the following recommendations to protect staff, volunteers, and patients from possible infection while continuing to provide care to those with other health needs.

Volunteer & Staff

  • We are urging our staff and volunteers to stay home if they are not feeling well. We are also encouraging those that may feel particularly vulnerable because of age or underlying health conditions, to stay home as well.
  • We are encouraging everyone on the premises to follow good personal hygiene to prevent infection including washing their hands regularly, using hand sanitizer in between and to keep their hands away from their face.
  • Nursing staff and patient providers will be encouraged to wear disposable gloves during patient contact.

Patient Care

  • Prior to all scheduled patient appointments we are making calls to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms. For patients with symptoms we will follow Arlington County Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
  • Current or new patients who report that they do not have a cough or fever, can plan to come in for their scheduled appointment.

Prior to entering The Clinic, all patients will be checked for fever, cough, and respiratory distress. If they present symptoms we will follow Arlington County Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

Facility Care

  • Cleaning and disinfecting will increase in frequency between appointments and throughout the day in both exam rooms as well as public spaces within the Clinic.

We will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves, and we will continue to update our community with new procedures and processes as they are put into place in an effort to protect our precious community. Should you have any specific questions, please reach out to Nancy White at