Baltimore County to open COVID-19 testing site at Timonium fairgrounds

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Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Photo via Google Street View.

Baltimore County on Thursday will open its first drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, county officials announced today.

Health professionals at the fairgrounds, located at 2200 York Road, will conduct tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays while test kits are available, county officials said.

“Our response to this pandemic must include every effort possible to help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives, and testing is a critical component of those efforts,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement.

To get tested at the fairgrounds, patients must first gain authorization from a healthcare provider and schedule an appointment through the state’s Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP). Individuals who do not complete both of those steps will not be tested, officials said.

Patients will receive test results within five to seven days after being tested.

The announcement comes after Baltimore County recorded 1,485 confirmed cases, 27 confirmed deaths and five probable deaths due to COVID-19, as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Probable deaths include instances where a deceased person’s death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause but it has not yet been confirmed with a lab test, said Kata D. Hall, deputy communications director for Gov. Larry Hogan.

County officials said they selected the Maryland State Fairgrounds as the location for the testing site because it is “easily accessible and able to accommodate multiple lanes of vehicles at once.”

The fairgrounds are located in the 21093 ZIP code, which had 44 confirmed cases as of Wednesday morning–a moderate number compared to other areas throughout Maryland, according to the state dashboard.

But the site is relatively equidistant from three ZIP codes with the largest number of confirmed cases in the county: 21133, which includes Randalstown; 21215, which includes Pikesville; and 21234, which includes Parkville and Carney. The latter two ZIP codes also include portions of Baltimore City.

Baltimore City opened a COVID-19 testing site last Friday in the parking lot of Pimlico Race Course.

Marcus Dieterle

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