PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — As of Tuesday, Prince George's County saw a 72 percent case decrease in a 14-day period, according to data from The New York Times, with a total positive COVID-19 case count of 160,028 . The county has been unable to update case data to its site during most of December because of technical issues.
The state has 940,713 confirmed cases total so far, reports the Maryland Department of Health.
The Prince George's County Health Department offers free COVID-19 tests. Patients do not need a doctor's prescription or insurance to get tested; however, you must present identification. Testing at a health department location is limited to residents 10 years of age and older.
COVID-19 testing is available at the following sites operated or supplied by the Prince George's County Health Department:
Bunker Hill Fire Station (free rapid tests available); Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville; Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City of Praise Family Ministries; Monday noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Temple Hills Community Center; Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
People also can use an interactive map to find testing sites located in Prince George's County that are either operated by the county, the state or a private organization.
The Prince George's County Health Department and Office of Emergency Management will hand out at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits at designated locations each week. The COVID-19 test kits are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Residents will be required to show proof of county residency to receive a test kit. Examples of proof of residency include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, utility bill or lease agreement. One test kit, which contains two tests, will be distributed per person ages 2 years or older.
Additional at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits will be distributed this week by the county health department and office of emergency management. The COVID-19 test kits are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Residents will be required to show proof of county residency to receive a test kit. Examples of proof of residency include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, utility bill or lease agreement. One test kit, which contains two tests, will be distributed per person ages 2 years or older who are present at the time of pick-up while supplies last.
The distribution schedule for this week is:
M-NCPPC Community Centers - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills
*Cedar Heights Community Center, 1200 Glenn Willow Dr., Capitol Heights
Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington
*Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro
Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex, 13601 Missouri Ave., Brandywine
PGCMLS Branch Libraries - Wednesday noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday noon to 3 p.m.
Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th St., Laurel
*New Carrollton Branch Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton
Oxon Hill Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill
*Largo-Kettering Branch Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo
*Spauldings Branch Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights
*indicates site is a drive-thru location
The Maryland Department of Health has also opened and expanded several COVID-19 testing sites across the state including in Prince George's County:
UM Laurel Alternate Care Site (drive-thru) 7300 Van Dusen Road Laurel, MD 20707Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Washington Education Zone (drive-thru) 6511 Princess Garden Parkway Lanham, MD 20706Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City of Praise Family Ministries 8501 Jericho City Drive Landover, MD 20785Monday noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information about COVID-19 testing or to use the County's testing site locator, visit health.mypgc.us/COVIDTesting.
As of Tuesday, 69 percent of Prince George's County residents of all ages have been fully vaccinated, reports The New York Times.
You can register for vaccines at this site and a variety of sites by using the state vaccine locator at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator.
The county's community vaccination site at the Largo Student Center at the Prince George's Community College accepts walk-ins but appointments are encouraged. Vaccines are free for individuals ages 5 and older. Booster shots are available for ages 16 and older. The student center is open for vaccines Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with walk-ins accepted between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with walk-ins accepted from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the fourth Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free vaccines are also available for first, second or booster doses at PGCPS elementary schools through the end of January. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are encouraged. Vaccine clinics in Prince George's County include sites that are not operated by the county.
Mobile/temporary clinics in Prince George's County include one-day mobile clinics or clinics in a location for a few days or more.