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Through New Agreement With Sparks-Based BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions, County Will Immediately Increase Local Testing Capacity by 2,000 Tests Per Week

Baltimore County today announced a new supply agreement with Sparks-based BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions (IDS), part of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, to directly purchase COVID-19 testing collection and transport kits to enhance Baltimore County’s ability to provide more robust testing capacity over the coming weeks and months.

Baltimore County is the first state or local government in Maryland to purchase these testing collection and transport kits directly from BD IDS.

“Ensuring consistent access to testing is a critical component of our long-term fight against this deadly virus,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We’re thankful that Baltimore County is able to partner with BD IDS, a business right here in our backyard, to secure testing materials that can be used immediately to enhance our response to COVID-19.”

Under this new agreement, Baltimore County will purchase up to 2,000 BD Universal Viral Transport (UVT) System kits per week. The system includes the swabs and vials needed to collect and transport samples. These samples will be processed through existing County agreements with LabCorp and Quest. Baltimore County will begin using these kits immediately. Baltimore County has already purchased, and BD has already delivered, the first shipment of 2,000 kits.

“BD IDS has remained open and operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to supply crucial diagnostic tools for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases to health care institutions all over the world,” said Dave Hickey, president of Integrated Diagnostic Solutions at BD. “We are glad to see our work benefit our friends and neighbors in Baltimore County.”

BD has been part of the Maryland community since 1954 and strengthened its local presence in 2019 by making its Sparks campus the worldwide headquarters of its IDS business, with nearly 1,900 local associates in roles ranging from manufacturing and distribution to research and development and from global sales to business leadership and support.

These new kits will supplement Baltimore County’s existing testing supplies and is the latest effort from Baltimore County to expand testing capacity for residents.

Free Tests Available for Residents

Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch has issued a standing order enabling any County resident wishing to receive a test to do so without an order from their healthcare provider. Baltimore County also recently introduced an online tool so that anyone can quickly and easily book a free COVID-19 testing appointment at one of Baltimore County’s five testing locations.

“With the recent addition of our walk-up testing clinic in the Lansdowne area, we are now providing testing at five locations across the County,” said Dr. Branch. “Multiple testing locations and ample testing kits are key to containing the transmission of this virus.”

Individuals interested in getting a free test from a Baltimore County location can visit the Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page to make an appointment. Additionally, residents can check with their local pharmacies about testing availability or call Baltimore County’s COVID-19 hotline at 410-887-3816 for other coronavirus-related questions. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About BD

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

New Clinic Opens on Monday, June 22

In an effort to further expand access to COVID-19 testing, Baltimore County is opening a new walk-up clinic at the Baltimore Highlands Lansdowne Health Center at 3902 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227.

Beginning on June 22, the new site will operate on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Our fight against COVID-19 is not over. To stop the spread of this deadly virus, we must continue to make access to free, convenient testing as easy as possible for residents across Baltimore County,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “As we take gradual steps to safely reopen, expanded testing at sites like this one will be critical in protecting the health and safety of our neighbors and loved ones.”

“With the addition of this new walk-up testing clinic in the Lansdowne area, we are now providing testing at five locations across the County,” said Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “Multiple testing locations is key in helping identify—and contain—the transmission of this virus.”

Schedule an Appointment Online

Residents can go online to book an appointment online for free COVID-19 testing at any County testing site. New dates are added on Wednesdays each week.

While appointments are strongly encouraged, residents will not be turned away.

Residents who make an appointment online will enter their contact information and choose a site location, appointment time, and may indicate whether they will require special accommodations.

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

Anyone Can Get Tested

Any resident can get tested as Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch has issued a standing order enabling any resident who wants to receive a COVID-19 test to do so.

Other Testing Locations

Baltimore County is continuing to offer testing at the below locations from 9 a.m. to noon on the days indicated:

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

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

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

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

Residents can book an online appointment at any of these sites here.

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.

Partnering with Towson Chamber Of Commerce, the County Will Close Pennsylvania Avenue to Traffic on Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Parking Enforcement Will Restart Friday, June 12

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that beginning this Saturday, June 13, Baltimore County will close down Pennsylvania Avenue, between York Road and Washington Avenue, to all vehicular traffic during certain hours in order to allow local establishments to provide expanded outdoor seating. The Seats on the Streets initiative was developed in partnership with the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

“Baltimore County’s restaurants and bars make our neighborhoods more vibrant and are vital to our local economy. We’re excited to begin Baltimore County’s first Seats on the Streets program in Towson this weekend to ensure residents can safely enjoy some of their favorite places to eat,” said Olszewski. “This commonsense and innovative initiative is an important first step, and we’ll continue working with communities across Baltimore County to help local businesses recover from this pandemic.”

Seats on the Streets dining will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the month of June. The program may be extended as appropriate.

The following restaurants will be offering expanded outdoor dining space along Pennsylvania Avenue:

  • Charles Village Pub
  • C&R Pub
  • Nacho Mama's Towson
  • The Point Towson (open for street-side carryout)
  • Slice NY Pizza Pasta & Grill

Establishments will be required to follow all requirements of applicable Executive Orders, and requirements and guidance issued by local, state and federal authorities, to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Residents attending must respect all guidelines, observe social distancing, and wear a mask when not seated and eating.

“We are so grateful to work with the County for this first-of-its-kind event and appreciate that they have fast-tracked our restaurants’ applications to make this happen,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are looking forward to seeing their customers and getting more of their employees back to work, while keeping people safe.”

Supporting the Recovery of Local Bars and Restaurants

Public health experts, including the CDC, have identified outdoor restaurant and bar seating—combined with social distancing and sanitary practices—as a lower-risk option compared to indoor seating. This initiative will complement existing drive-through, delivery, take-out and curbside pickup options.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support the recovery of local bars and restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore County is also currently offering conditional approval of applications for establishments to provide expanded outdoor table service on their premises until further notice. Establishments can apply on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page. Ahead of Maryland allowing outdoor dining, County officials also proactively provided guidance to restaurateurs to help establishments prepare for expanded dining.

Baltimore County will continue to work with communities to identify future Seats on the Streets locations in the coming weeks. Interested communities can also submit a temporary road closure permit request on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page.

Parking Enforcement to Restart Friday, June 12

Additionally, County officials announced that starting Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m., all County-operated parking meters will be operational during their posted operating hours. Residents must adhere to all posted rates and time limits on meters. Baltimore County had temporarily suspended parking meters back in March 2020.

For the most recent information on the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit the Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.

Revised September 11, 2017