Baltimore County is expanding its testing for COVID-19, adding new sites at the Liberty Family Resource Center and the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program location in Owings Mills, officials announced today.
The Liberty Family Resource Center, located at 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown, will serve as a walk-up clinic and be open on Mondays.
The Owings Mills site, located at 11510 Cronridge Drive and operated in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, will operate Wednesdays and Fridays.
Combined with the jurisdiction’s first testing site at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Baltimore County is now offering tests Monday through Friday, officials said. All three will be operational starting April 27.
“As we continue responding to this pandemic, additional testing capacity is critical to keeping County residents safe and a necessary condition for opening back up,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “These two new sites give us the capacity to, as they become available, perform significantly more tests in the areas of the County that have been hardest hit by the virus.”
Patients must first get authorization from a physician to be tested. Appointments can be scheduled through the state-run Chesapeake Regional Information System.
According to the county, the Maryland State Fairgrounds and Owings Mills sites have the capacity for approximately 75 tests per day, and the Liberty Family Resource Center site can test approximately 20 people per day.
“Testing continues to be key in containing the spread of the virus,” Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch said in a statement. “Staging test clinics in communities that report a high number of confirmed cases will help us identify people who need to quarantine to protect against infecting others.”
Baltimore County had 2,234 confirmed cases and 63 deaths as of Friday morning, the third highest total in the state, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
A small portion of the county is in the ZIP code with one of the highest infection rates, 21215. There are 293 confirmed cases as of this morning, according to state data.
A county map shows a cluster of ZIP Codes on the west side with more than 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus each. Those include 21208 (Pikesville, 137 cases), 21117 (Owings Mills, 142 cases), 21133 (Randallstown, 173 cases), 21244 (Windsor Mill, 117 cases) and 21228 (Catonsville, 155 cases).
The 21234 ZIP Code near the northeast corner of the city-county line, which includes Parkville, has 169 confirmed cases, according to the map.
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