State Expands COVID-19 Testing, No Need for Appointment or Symptoms

covid-19-4960254_1920_Pixabay_4-29-2020_VWGovernor Hogan’s order allows those who have been exposed to COVID-19 but lack symptoms to be tested at select state testing sites without a doctor’s order or appointment. 

Widespread testing plays an important role in identifying who has the virus and reducing its spread. This is particularly important as restrictions are being lifted.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The appointment-free testing at state-run sites will be rolled out gradually, starting Thursday with the site at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, followed Friday by sites at the Vehicle Emission Inspection Program stations in Glen Burnie and Hyattsville and the VEIP station in Clinton next week.

The tests will be provided to anyone who suspects they’ve been exposed to the virus, with no need for a doctor’s order. The tests are done at no out-of-pocket cost to the resident.

The article notes that availability for testing for those with exposure but without symptoms or appointments may be expanded to other sites depending on demand.

For more information:

Maryland to expand coronavirus testing to those without symptoms (The Baltimore Sun)