Coronavirus Testing Sites Added In Howard County

Kristin Danley-Greiner

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Two urgent care sites in Howard County are now testing for coronavirus in addition to the drive-thru VEIP site in Columbia. Yesterday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced expanded testing across the state. Now, residents are not required to receive a referral from a medical provider to get tested at some VEIP sites and pharmacists can order and administer coronavirus tests, too. At this time, appointments and referrals are still required for testing at the VEIP site in Columbia.

“Every day we’re moving closer to our goal of expanded testing,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball in a statement. “As we’ve said before, robust testing and contact tracing are the formula for stopping the community spread of COVID-19 and allowing us to reopen more of our economy. We’re grateful to our health department and the many healthcare providers in Howard County working together to help us reach our goals.”

The following urgent care locations are offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing following an evaluation:

First Call Urgent Care Center
10981 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723
Hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Monday-Friday for COVID testing.
Walk-ins accepted.

All Care Urgent Care
9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD, 21042
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Walk-ins accepted.

Maryland also will begin universal coronavirus testing at all state-run correctional and juvenile facilities. The state is delivering more than 20,000 tests per week to nursing homes, too. So far, Howard County has tested more than 300 nursing home staff members and more than 450 residents at 17 locations. Maryland Department of Health requires the testing of all nursing home residents and staff to ensure the safety of all residents.

This article originally appeared on the Ellicott City Patch

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