TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County opened its first COVID-19 testing site at the Maryland Fairgrounds on Thursday.
It requires an appointment and prescription to be tested.READ MORE: 'More Coffee, More Life' Hotel Revival Partners With Black Owned Businesses After Cultural Development
“There is a check point where they check their verifications,” Jay Ringgold, Director of Emergency Management of Baltimore County, said. “They have to have a doctors prescription to come here.”
The location will offer drive-thru testing twice a week.
“Right now we’re just working with the number of test kits that they have available,” Ringgold said.
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At least 31 people in Baltimore County have died from the coronavirus. As Maryland’s third-largest county, it also has the third-largest number of cases in the state.READ MORE: Towson University Cap & Gown Vendor Reports Possible Cyber Breach Of Credit Card Information
“Today is a limited, but important, first step,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said.
Providing testing has been a challenge in Baltimore County.
“I would have loved to have [one] up much sooner, but we just didn’t have the tests available,” Olszewski said.
The testing hours are 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. They hope to expand those hours, and days, once more tests become available.
Residents can call 410-887-3816 to get all the information they need.MORE NEWS: Catherine Pugh: Inside The Case