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New Online Tool Makes It Even Easier for County Residents to Get Tested

Starting today, Baltimore County residents can now quickly and easily reserve a slot online for free COVID-19 testing by visiting Baltimore County’s website. Appointments are currently available at both walk-up and drive-through sites for Thursday, June 4, through Tuesday, June 9, 2020. New dates will be added on Wednesdays each week.

“Improving access to testing is important to continue our gradual reopening. Allowing people to schedule tests online makes it even easier for any County resident who wants to be tested to do so quickly,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We’ll continue working to put measures in place that reduce the spread of the virus and gets Baltimore County back to work.”

“This online scheduling tool is yet another way we are making expanded testing available and convenient,” said Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “Reserving an appointment supports our ability to serve people quickly and reduce wait times for everyone—especially individuals who may not be feeling well.”

Residents do not need a doctor’s order to obtain a test, as Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch previously issued a standing order for all County residents, enabling any resident who wants to receive a COVID-19 test to do so without a doctor’s order.

Residents who make an appointment online will enter their contact information and choose a site location and appointment time. Persons may also indicate whether they will require special accommodations at the site. While reserving a time slot is recommended, all individuals visiting a County testing location will be served.

Adults must show identification upon arrival for their test. Adults accompanying a minor for testing must write down the child’s name and date of birth to present to staff upon arrival at the site.

Testing Locations

Individuals may visit any of the four County sites between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the days indicated. Site locations and days of operation are:

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Walk-up clinic, open Mondays.

Dundalk Health Center
7700 Dunmanway, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Walk-up clinic, open Mondays.

Maryland Vehicle Emissions Program (VEIP)
11510 Cronridge Drive, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Drive-through clinic, open Wednesdays and Fridays.

Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium
2200 York Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093
Drive-through clinic, open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Additionally, residents can check with their local pharmacies about testing availability and can call the Baltimore County COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816 with other coronavirus-related questions. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more COVID-19 related information, please visit the Baltimore County Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.


Residents Should Call COVID-19 Hotline for Testing Reservation

Baltimore County will now offer COVID-19 tests at all of its testing sites without a doctor’s order. In order to ensure efficient operations, residents will be required to call the County’s COVID-19 hotline to make an appointment.

Previously, tests at County testing sites were only available to individuals with a doctor’s order. Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch has now issued a standing order for all County residents, enabling any resident wishing to receive a test to do so.

Residents wishing to receive a test must call the COVID-19 hotline at 410-887-3816. They will receive instructions for scheduling an appointment. The Hotline is operating seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Increased access to testing is a key factor in our efforts to continue the gradual reopening of our economy, so allowing any County resident to receive a test, regardless of whether they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, is another important step forward,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We continue working around the clock to put measures in place that to reduce the spread of the virus and help get Baltimore County back to work.”

“The standing order makes community-based testing extremely convenient for residents,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer. “Additionally, scheduling a testing reservation will help ensure a more efficient process for everyone.”

Testing Locations

Baltimore County will continue to offer testing at the following locations:

Residents are reminded that they should continue to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

They should stay home whenever possible, and if they must go out, they should wear a mask in public places and adhere to social distancing guidelines.


Residents with Mild or No Symptoms May Now Be Tested Without a Doctor’s Order

On Thursday, May 21, Baltimore County will offer drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Maryland State Fairgrounds testing site without requiring an appointment. This will be the first appointment-free testing offered by the County.

“Sufficient access to testing is a critical factor in being able to safely reopen our economy, but Maryland has lagged behind other states in testing. The availability of appointment-free testing is an important expansion of capacity, both here in Baltimore County and statewide,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said.

“Providing testing for persons who are both symptomatic and asymptomatic will help to better contain the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer. “This is especially true since those that are positive for COVID-19 are at risk for transmitting the disease up to two days before they begin displaying symptoms.”

Procedure and Guidelines

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, residents may receive a test without an appointment or an order from a doctor. Individuals wishing to receive a test must bring a photo ID, and they are encouraged to bring a cell phone to facilitate safe communication with testing staff on site. Adults bringing a minor for testing should write down the child’s name and date of birth on a sheet of paper and have it ready to present to staff upon arrival. After completing a test, individuals will be provided with information on how to obtain the results, and what to do if the test results are positive.

All individuals arriving at the testing site are asked to adhere to safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, observing social distancing and following post-test instructions received at the sites. Additionally, individuals are reminded to continue to practice social distancing and wearing face coverings whenever they are in public spaces.

Information about future appointment-free testing dates and sites will be made available in the coming days.

Testing by Appointment Continues at Four Locations

In addition to Thursday’s appointment-free testing clinic, Baltimore County will continue to operate testing by appointment and with a doctor’s order at the following locations on the days indicated:

  • Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
    Mondays by appointment (Closed on Memorial Day)
  • Dundalk Health Center, 7700 Dunmanway, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    Mondays by appointment (Closed on Memorial Day)
  • Maryland Vehicle Emissions Program (VEIP), 11510 Cronridge Drive, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
    Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment
  • Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093
    Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment

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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017