Baltimore County announces fourth coronavirus testing site in Dundalk

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The Dundalk Health Center in Dundalk. Image via Google Street View.

Baltimore County will open its fourth COVID-19 testing site on Monday at the Dundalk Health Center, officials announced today.

The Dundalk testing site, located at 7700 Dunmanway, will operate on Mondays and offer 50 appointment slots each week, according to a county news release.

The health center will be the first Baltimore County-operated testing site on the eastern side of the county. It will also be the County’s second walk-up clinic, after a site opened at The Liberty Family Resource Center in Randallstown this week.

County officials said the new site in Dundalk will help meet Baltimore County’s need for more testing. The county recorded more than 3,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 116 deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The Dundalk site is in the 21222 ZIP code, which has 159 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and it is adjacent to another ZIP code with a large number of cases–21224, which has 264 confirmed cases.

“Additional testing capacity is critical to keeping County residents safe as we continue responding to this pandemic, and is a necessary condition for opening back up,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “This new site gives us even more capacity to perform tests in communities across Baltimore County.”

Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch said that testing sites are “a very important tool in our arsenal against this pandemic.”

In addition to the testing sites in Dundalk and Randallstown, Baltimore County also has testing sites at a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program building in Owings Mills and the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

All testing locations require patients to first get authorization from a healthcare provider and schedule an appointment using the state’s Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients.

When coming in for an appointment, people should wear face coverings and practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet from others, according to county officials.

After being tested, individuals will receive post-test instructions and most test results will be available within two days, officials added.

For questions and additional information, call the Baltimore County COVID-19 hotline seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (410) 887-3816.

Marcus Dieterle

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