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.READ MORE: President Joe Biden Addresses Several Issues During Thursday Night's Town Hall
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, but there are some sites offering testing without prior approval or an appointment.
Learn more about COVID-19 in Maryland, or make a plan to get tested at one of more than 220 testing sites, by visiting coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Here are the hospital or urgent care locations where you can go to get tested (this list will be updated regularly, but please call and check on hours before going to the location):
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 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.
CVS is offering drive-thru testing at 17 locations in Maryland.
First Call Urgent Care: These urgent care locations in Maple Lawn and Elkridge have rapid testing kits available.
Frederick Health Toll House: Curbside testing began March 19.
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.
MedStar is also offering testing at a number of urgent care centers, including locations in Baltimore, Bel Air, Perry Hall and Towson.
Patient First: Locations in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Owings Mills, Perry Hall and Waldorf, Maryland are now offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing 7 days a week. No out-of-pocket cost for insured patients. Testing is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call your preferred Center and enter “5” during the recording to speak with the Front Desk. Appointments are scheduled between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rite Aid: Rite Aid has partnered with Verily and is using its Baseline COVID-19 Program to provide screening, scheduling, and return of results to participants at two sites in Maryland:
- 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.
Walmart is offering drive-up, self-swabbing coronavirus tests three days a week outside the store fronts.
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Anne Arundel County:
- Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, had a limited number of tests available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Patients can be screened or tested without a doctor’s note.
- Clifton Park: The walk-up testing site is open at 2801 St. Lo Drive. Even residents without vehicles, can walk-up and access help. A doctor’s referral will still be required for testing as well as an appointment.
- Pimlico: The Pimlico site is open Monday open Sunday through Friday weekly. You must have a doctor’s note.
- Rawlings Conservatory: The Druid Hill testing site off Beachwood Drive will also be a walk-up testing site, but a doctor’s note will still be required to get tested as well as an appointment through the state’s CRISP system.
- Mondawmin Mall: Rapid COVID-19 tests is now available for Baltimore residents in the parking lot outside the former Target at Mondawmin Mall.
Liberty Family Resource Center: The Baltimore County Department of Health announced it will operate a walk-in clinic at the Liberty Family Resource Center on Mondays.
Carroll County Agriculture Center: The drive-thru testing site requires an appointment and a referral from a provider.
Prince George’s County:
Cheverly Clinic opened Monday, May 4 and will be operational Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine. People must still have an appointment.
FedEx Field in Prince George’s County opened on March 30 but closed April 29. People can now get tested at Cheverly Clinic.
Queen Anne’s County:
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.
VEIP Stations: Nine Maryland Vehicle Emissions testing stations are now operating as drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Bel Air, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Owings Mills, Prince Frederick, Waldorf and White Oak. Learn where you can go and how to get an appointment.
If your county is not listed, check your local health department’s website.
Field Hospitals and treatment locations:
Baltimore Convention Center is now a COVID-19 field hospital. The BCCFH is a 250-bed field medical station set up as a state-licensed hospital operated jointly by Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center. There they are caring for patients who need a place to isolate and recover but no longer need to be hospitalized.
Laurel Hospital reopened as Laurel Health Center on April 22. The renovated hospital will now provide an additional 135 beds including 35 intensive care beds to treat coronavirus patients. It will be staffed by 400 contracted medical professionals and was opened months before originally planned.
Timonium Fairgrounds: Appointment-free testing is now available at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. This drive-up testing site is open at 2200 York Road in Timonium starting April 16. Testing will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays while test kits are available.
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