BALTIMORE (WJZ) — So you think you have coronavirus? First, you should call your primary care physician and get screened.
Your PCP believes you may have COVID-19 and either tells you to self-quarantine and get emergency help if your symptoms get bad or they refer you to get tested.
Medical professionals discourage people from just showing up to emergency rooms as there is a potential to contaminate other patients. If you’re having difficulty breathing or a medical emergency related to COVID-19, call 911 and tell them you think you have coronavirus or if your go to an ER, try calling ahead so they know you’re coming.
Many healthcare systems are requiring a screening via telephone or video chat before you go to the testing sites. Again, you must be referred to get testing, no on-demand drive-up testing is allowed.
Here’s where you can go to get tested:
AllCare of Ellicott City at 9396 Baltimore Nat’l Pk, Ellicott City, MD, 21042
- Testing hours: Mon-Fri: 6pm-7pm Sat-Sun: noon-1pm
- They also have locations in Alexandria, Virginia and DC
- Patients must be prescreened before they can be tested.
Chesapeake College is being used as an alternate testing site to relieve local hospitals in Queen Anne’s County. Patients are only being tested after a referral by their primary care physician. Since the first day of testing at Chesapeake College, 117 people from all 5 counties have been tested.
Chesapeake ERgent Care at 1071 MD-3 North, Suite 101 in Gambrills, MD 21054
- The have opened drive-thru coronavirus testing.
- You must be referred by a doctor for testing.
Johns Hopkins has developed its own coronavirus test and used it for the first time on March 11 and tested 85 patients over a three-day period. Hopkins is preparing to test 1,000 patients a day if needed. Right now results come back in 24 hours, but Hopkins researchers are working to decrease it to three hours for results.
- Patients who believe they have coronavirus, need to be prescreened. You can reach out to Hopkins Telemedicine or your PCP first.
- Call 911 if it’s a true emergency and let the 911 operator know you believe you have COVID-19.
- Here’s a list of Hopkins hospitals/patient care centers. Call ahead to confirm if your nearest.
Kaiser Permanente also announced on last week it would be opened six drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites at their locations in the DMV.
- The locations open are for members only and you must be pre-screened.
LifeBridge Health has set up tents outside Sinai Hospital and Carroll Hospital where people who have been referred by a doctor can be tested for coronavirus. They also opened a Teletriage line for potential COVID-19 patients.
MedStar Health is providing coronavirus testing in the parking lot of The Baltimore Museum Industry. The BMI is closed through April 12 to the public. Patients must be pre-screened by doctors to get the test.
- Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air is offering coronavirus testing. The tests will be done in the emergency room parking lot on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Patients need to have been referred by a doctor for the test.
- The hospital locations are testing patients as well, but those patients must be referred or came in due to an emergency.
Testing Centers, Field Hospitals
FedEX Field in Prince George’s County opened as a testing site.
Gov. Hogan also opened five drive-thru testing sites in Glen Burnie, Waldorf and Bel Air at MVA emissions testing sites.
FEMA delivered 250 beds over the weekend to the Baltimore Convention Center which will act as a field hospital.
He also asked the state health department to reopen old hospitals so that the state can have 6,000 more hospital beds for patients.