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New Walk-up Site Provides Testing Accessibility for Residents in Eastern Baltimore County

Beginning Monday, May 4, the Baltimore County Department of Health will open a fourth COVID-19 testing site at the Dundalk Health Center (7700 Dunmanway Baltimore, Maryland 21222) to help meet the need for expanded testing.

The new clinic will offer 50 slots per day and will be the County’s second walk-up clinic, as well as the first County-operated testing site in Eastern Baltimore County.

“Additional testing capacity is critical to keeping County residents safe as we continue responding to this pandemic, and is a necessary condition for opening back up,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “This new site gives us even more capacity to perform tests in communities across Baltimore County.”

“Alongside social distancing and contact tracing, test sites are a very important tool in our arsenal against this pandemic,” said County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “We want to ensure that all of our neighborhoods have access to available testing.”

As with all other County testing locations, patients must first get authorization from a healthcare provider to be tested. Once authorization is obtained, the person to be tested must schedule an appointment using the state-designated Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) and will be able to select one of the following test locations:

Walk-up

Drive-through

People arriving at any of the test sites without an order from a healthcare provider and a pre-scheduled appointment will not be tested.

Tested individuals will receive post-test instructions and most test results will be available within five to seven days.

Persons coming for testing are asked to adhere to recommendations and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, observing social distancing and following post-test instructions received at the sites.

More Information

For questions and additional information, call the Baltimore County COVID-19 hotline seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 410-887-3816.


Look for "Seasons Greetings" Bags and Messages

Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free metered and pay station parking.

Parking will be free at over 1,500 meters and pay stations throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 to December 1. There also will be free parking from December 21 to December 25.

In a video released today, County Executive Johnny Olszewski is encouraging residents to take advantage of local shopping.

“Our neighborhood businesses help support our local economy and we encourage everyone to get out and shop local on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season,” said Olszewski.

Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags and parking stations will display “Seasons Greetings” messages in Arbutus, Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Parkville, Stoneleigh, and Towson.


Baltimore County Presents An Independence Day Extravaganza on July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park

Through a joint effort between the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, the Baltimore County Office of the County Executive and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County will host an Independence Day Extravaganza, featuring symphonic music and fireworks at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park.

Despite the previously announced cancellation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) summer season, the concert will proceed as scheduled, but will be offered as a free event to attendees.

“This event is important to Baltimore County and my administration was committed to making sure residents still have the opportunity to celebrate July 4 at Oregon Ridge,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. “I’m excited and thankful to the Baltimore Symphony Musicians for their willingness to participate in this year’s event despite the current challenges.” 

About the Program

A portion of the event will be funded using money that had been allocated as grant funds for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The full symphonic program will be led by Jacomo Bairos, music director of the Amarillo Symphony and recent guest conductor of such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra. Bairos will lead a program of patriotic-themed orchestral works, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Williams, in addition to traditional marches. As in past presentations, the program with conclude with Tchaikovsky’s stirring "1812 Overture" along with a thrilling fireworks display. 

“The BSO has performed outdoor concerts at Oregon Ridge since 1977 and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians are honored to work with County officials to maintain a presence for 2019,” says Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ community outreach coordinator and oboist Michael Lisicky. “The Baltimore Symphony Musicians are committed to being the hometown band for our city, state and Baltimore County, and this year is no different,” states Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ Committee co-chair and percussionist Brian Prechtl.

Ticket and Parking Information

The event will also feature food trucks and music from the Lutherville Music School. Admission is free but tickets are required for entry. Children three and under do not need a ticket. Get your tickets or learn more about the Independence Day Extravaganza.

Parking will be available onsite at Oregon Ridge and at the Agriculture Center on Shawan Road. Accessibility parking will be available at Oregon Ridge. There will be no parking at the Timonium Fairgrounds this year. There will be no rain date. 

The 2019 Independence Day Extravaganza is made possible by Baltimore County and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians. Additional logistical support for this event is provided by the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543. Further support for this concert comes from the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), enriching lives through music by sponsoring free live performances in all 50 states and Canada. For more information, visit MPTF’s website at www.MusicPF.org.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017