Richmond Raceway opens as a COVID-19 community test center on January 8


The Richmond Raceway is reopening as a COVID-19 related hub, but this time, instead of offering vaccinations, it will offer testing opportunities.

The circuit is one of nine new community testing centers established across Virginia under a $ 5 million allocation announced Jan.6 by Gov. Ralph Northam. (The state will seek reimbursement of these funds from federal authorities.)

The railroad site will offer daily PCR testing opportunities until Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Then, it will operate at the same times but from Saturday to Tuesday only. The site will be operated by contractor AshBritt / IEM on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, and Henrico County.

Test results usually arrive three days after the tests are performed.

Appointments are mandatory and can be scheduled up to three days in advance in line at or by calling (804) 205-3501 during business hours.

No quick test will be offered on the circuit.

“Henrico County is thrilled with the launch of the community testing center and looks forward to seeing more of these essential testing resources become available for the region,” said Rob Rowley, chief emergency and safety management at work, Henrico. “The county is proud of its partnership with the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts and the Virginia Department of Health as we continue to work together to serve our residents.”

More than 160,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered at the racetrack site in 2021.

“We know that COVID-19 testing has been a challenge for many members of our community and testing providers over the past two weeks,” said Deputy Director of RHHD, Melissa Viray. “We hope this site will make it much easier to find appointments in our communities, while alleviating some of the burden on our pharmacies and emergency care providers who have worked very hard to make testing possible.”

The CTC will operate at gate 7 of the runway, at 4690 Carolina Ave.

In addition to the circuit opportunities, RHHD officials are planning two community screening clinics by appointment only during the coming week and two walk-in screening events:
• January 10 at the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway in Henrico (appointment only);
• January 12 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Avenue in Henrico (without appointment);
• January 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Southside Plaza, 509 East Southside Plaza in Richmond (no appointment required).
• January 14 at Southwood Apartments, 4602-B Southwood Parkway in Richmond (appointment only);

The two drop-in events will be first come, first served until the end of testing.

“We’ve learned from the vaccination effort that a mix of appointments and walk-in opportunities is a good thing,” said Jessica Coughlin, emergency manager for RHHD. “Meetings allow people to have short wait times and know that there is a guaranteed place for them; Meanwhile, dating opportunities can reduce barriers to accessing a date, especially for our communities with limited internet access.


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