Garrett Announces Free Weekly COVID-19 Testing

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the state and region, Garrett County today announced free testing events on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on December 1. The testing events, which will be managed by the Garrett County Health Department and its partners, are free and do not require an appointment or doctor’s note.

According to a County press release:

These testing events will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, located off Bumble Bee Road between Hart for Animals and the Garrett County Airport.

Testing times for each day are as follows:

  • Tuesdays – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Thursdays – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

It is critical that all persons waiting to be tested wear a face covering that fully covers their mouth and nose. When entering the site, follow event signs and watch for traffic personnel for direction. Be prepared for a possible wait depending on how many persons take advantage of this event.

For all persons who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, testing will be indoors. Persons being tested are required to wait in their cars until they are directed to enter the building for testing.

For anyone who does have symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, aches and pains, loss of taste and smell, and headaches) testing will be done outdoors in a drive-through lane.

To receive results as quickly as possible, be prepared to supply an email address when being tested. Persons with positive COVID-19 tests will be called as soon as possible. It is important to answer the phone if someone from the Garrett County Health Department or the State of Maryland calls. Persons who do not answer their phone, or who do not give a valid email address will receive test results through the mail (USPS).

Partners assisting the Garrett County Health Department with testing include Garrett County Government and Emergency Management, Garrett County Public Schools, and volunteers.